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Cluster Ville Durable

Innovation and business

Université Paris-Est hosts 6 multi-disciplinary doctoral schools created in 2007. As the first embodiment of a common identity, they help rationalise and structure a research and training offering in phase with local and regional requirements and with UPE’s international development strategy.

To boost its exposure as well as its regional, national and international development strategy, Université Paris-Est showcases its potential through two multi-disciplinary thematic research clusters. Health and Society (Santé et Société), located mainly at the Créteil/Maisons-Alfort site, and City, Environment and related Engineering sciences (Ville, Environnement et leurs Ingénieries), concentrated principally at the Cité Descartes, Marne-la-Vallée site. Both clusters have overlapping focuses embracing the engineering and natural sciences and the human and social sciences. This approach, combining lifelong learning, research and expertise, helped to structure the projects submitted for the 2008 Opération Campus and Investissements d’Avenir (Future Investments [2010-2012]) initiatives and to boost UPE’s profile and successes.

Skills that can be readily mobilised: with two universities, four engineering schools, three national higher institutes of architecture and seven research bodies representing nearly 25% of French research activity in the urban domain, it tackles sustainable urban development issues by deploying a systematic, multi-disciplinary approach harnessed to public policy, economics and employment.

From a scientific standpoint, the cluster covers the fields of urbanism, architecture, local and regional planning and transport, the engineering and materials sciences, the economics of climate change, urban engineering, habitat quality and hydrology. The cluster and its activities liaise closely with the world of business and have links to a number of national champions (Veolia, Eiffage, EDF, Lafarge, SNCF, etc.)


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