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Spatial Economies, Energy and Climate change (SEECC program)

The SEECC program aims at furthering the understanding of the mutual relationship between the spatial economy and the climate change at both the micro- and macro-economic scales of analysis, through generating long-term urban scenarios that account for growth and development patterns of a city and impact mechanisms on climate.

To address the twofold scale of the investigation, the SEECC program explores two main research lines that make use of two distinct analytical tools. On the one hand, from the micro-economic perspective, the research attention is paid on the analysis of adaptation patterns of the urban structure to a changing climate through the evolution mechanisms of crucial spatial determinants. These determinants are: city size and form (and thus, density), transport infrastructure endowment and investment, costs of (adjusting) individuals, preferences on travel and housing. By drawing on the standard urban economics theory (Alonso, 1964; Mills, 1967; Muth, 1969), this line of research is expected to develop a modeling tool that provides information on urban dynamic mechanisms in response to climate change policies. The information mainly concerns location choices of agents and activities and more general the modified urban behavior by individuals (notably, welfare-based decisions on consumption of housing, commuting and other composite goods) under some external environmental shock.

Contacts: Laurent Faucheux