Bandeau IT

Territorial Intelligence


The Territorial Intelligence team brings together a set of complementary experts: geographers, urban planners, economists, specialists in geographic information sciences and technologies.

Coordinator : Thomas Buhler


The originality of the team’s research is based on :

  • analysis and understanding of the interactions between the various components of territories, the information and representations produced and the decisions taken by actors.
  • diversity of the methodologies used
  • permanence and the relevance of the use of the concepts of Territorial Intelligence and collective intelligence
  • mobilisation of geographical concepts, methods and tools in a transdisciplinary framework
  • reflections on the scope of data in decision-making and as a corollary the question of knowledge, informational counterpart of transdisciplinarity
  • consideration of the articulation between modelling and observation, between model and observatory




Since its creation, the team has focused its efforts on the understanding and formalisation of the processes at the origin of strategies, decisions and actions carried out within territorial systems. This research is structured around three key areas and their interfaces:

  • socio-spatial systems, territorial components and processes
  • territorial strategies, actions and decisions
  • production of knowledge about territories

The team draws on the complementary skills of its members, whose research is carried out by combining action research, support for the creation of new tools, and critically distanced "socio-technical" analysis. The special access to certain operational knowledge production systems enriches the research and provides access to their data and information. At a thematic level, the work envisaged is particularly interested in environmental and energy issues, mobility, densification and social action. The body of knowledge produced regarding the components and processes, the representations, the actions, the strategies and the decisions of the individual and collective actors and their territorial effects position the researchers of the team in a reflexive posture (critical approach to our own methods, aimed at understanding what are, in this context, the drivers of territorial action).

National and international scientific networks

GIS HYBRIDA : réseau international mixte de recherche en travail social

International Network of Territorial Intelligence

Conférence Transjurassienne (CTJ) et observatoire associé (OSTAJ)

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Laboratoire de sociologie urbaine, Energy Center)

Université de Lausanne

Centre de Recherche sur l’Energie de Martigny

HEIG-Vd (Haute Ecole d'Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud)



UMR d’InfoRmatique en Image et Systèmes d’information (LIRIS), INSA-Lyon


Collège International des Sciences du Territoire (CIST)

Laboratoire Techniques Territoires et Société (LATTS)

Laboratoire PACTE

UMR Aménagement Économie Transports

UMR Environnement Ville Société

Laboratoire de Géographie et d’Aménagement (LAGAM)

GDR MAGIS : prospective action « Energie-Territoire-Information-Connaissance » until 2020.

Institutional partners

Grand Besançon métropole

Pays de Montbéliard Agglomération

Région Bourgogne Franche-Comté

ADEME (Agence de la transition énérgétique)

ville de Besançon

ville de Dijon

ville de Macon


Alterre Bourgogne

ADIL du Doubs (Agence Départementale d’Information sur le Logement)

IRTS de Franche-Comté

Private partners

Opérateurs énergétiques :  GRDF, Centre de recherche de GDF-Suez

"Une rivière, un territoire" EDF

Entreprises informatiques : Phoenix, I@D informatique, Share and Move

The marginalization of their mountainous territories, by some states of the countries of the South, does it favor the emergence of protest movements or insurrectionary homes?

Thierry Amirault - Direction : Alexandre Moine


All the defended PhD thesis