University of Versailles Saint Quentin (UVSQ)
The international centre REEDS (Recherches en Economie-Ecologie, Eco-innovation et ingénierie du Développement Soutenable) is a multi-disciplinary research group at the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) in France. Its activities are distributed across three sites of the UVSQ: the Bergerie Nationale in Rambouillet, the OVSQ (Observatoire de sciences de l'univers de Versailles Saint-Quentin) in Guyancourt, and the Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT) in Mantes-en-Yvelines. Members of REEDS, in collaboration with the CEArct & ECONOVING colleagues at the OVSQ, are responsible for the IDD (Ingénierie du Développement Durable) section of the Master SETE programme.
What We Do
- Dynamics of socio-economic and environmental systems
- Economic and environmental valuation & sustainability indicators (at micro, meso and macro scales)
- Eco-innovation strategies and Corporate Social Responsibility
- Decision and deliberation support in private and public sector contexts and for collective choice
- Monitoring and information systems for socio-economic and environmental values
Methods and Tools
- Integrated ecological economics modelling and Integrated environmental assessment
- Techniques for quantitative analysis (econometrics, economic and environmental accounting)
- Geographical information systems (GIS) and spatial/territorial analyses
- Technological and Social Foresight, Scenario analyses and Risk assessment
- Interactive multimedia techniques (knowledge partnerships and the KerBabel™ suite of on-line tools)
- Multi-criteria and multi-actor evaluation methods
- Participative methods, deliberation and Action-research
Building on the heritage of the former C3ED (1995-2009), the members of REEDS have established a wide profile of research activities centred on ecological economics and sustainable development. They are prominent in European research projects, notably on the science/society interface and in integrated environmental assessment.
In collaboration with FONDaTERRA and the International Chair ECONOVING, they have established a strong profile in France for action research for eco-innovation and territorial sustainable development. Other aspects of work include capacity building North-South activities, participation in expert advisory networks (e.g., green accounting, radioactive wastes, integrated assessment) and research-led teaching. Work is carried out in both English and French, with some individual capabilities in several other European languages.
A feature of REEDS is the design and exploitation of multimedia knowledge mediation and learning tools (trademark KerBabel™) in research partnerships (e.g., the Deliberation Matrix, and interactive multimedia deliberation support tools for agriculture, biodiversity, coastal zone management and climate change domains) and teaching (the Brocéliande system of on-line teaching resources).
Key persons involved:
Dr. W. Eberhard Falck
W. Eberhard Falck is a gecochemist who specialises inter alia in the risk assessment and management of (uranium) mining legacies. After an international career with British Geological Survey, ISMES/GEOTER in Italy, as consultant in Germany, with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in the Netherlands he joined UVSQ as a professor in environmental sciences in 2009.
Martin O’Conner is a professor in economic sciences and member-founder of the Centre d’Economie et d’Ethique pour l’Environment (C3ED) at the Université de Versailles St.-Quentin-en-Yvelines since 1995. Since its formation in 2010 he has been the director of the Laboratoire REEDS at UVSQ. He specialises in the analysis of the interface between social and natural sciences.