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Section #professeurs-affilies

Our affiliated professors

Section #offner
Jean-Marc Offner (credits: Fabien Cottereau)

Jean-Marc OFFNER, urbanist, was managing director of the a-urba (agency of town planning Bordeaux metropolis Aquitaine) from 2009 to 2022. At first researcher at the Research institute of Transport, he managed the Laboratory Technologies-Territories-Companies (Latts) from 2000 till 2008, the Department Planning-Transport-Environment of the École des Ponts from 1996 till 2000 and the Network Research association of the CNRS(National Center for Scientific Research) from 1993 till 2000.

He taught at the French national school of civil engineering, at Sciences Po and in the institutes of town planning. There is or were a member of editorial committees of Espaces et SociétésFluxMétropolis and Urbanism. He manages the Cahiers de la Métropole Bordelaise and participates in the orientation committee of the Forum Mobile Lives. Finally, he chairs the strategic council of the Urban School as well as that of the research program POPSU (Observation platform of the projects and the urban strategies).

His main themes for reflection and of study concern the local public action and the metropolitan governance, the role of the expertise in the processes of decision, the socioeconomics of the technical networks and the urban services, the relations between politics of travels and territorial transfers, the innovations for the planning and the sustainable mobility, the procedures of planning, the metropolitan dynamics.

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Section #gilli

Former student of the ENSAE (National School of Statistics and Economic Administration), Frédéric GILLI is an economist specialized in urban issues. He received the Young Planner Award in 2010. He is the Associate Director of the Grand Public Agency, specialized in change management.

He is the author of papers and books on the organization of productive systems and the geography of employment. He worked on the geography of industrial sectors and value chains in the Parisian basin, on the organization of the Parisian metropolis and on the governance of Greater Paris. It also considers how to boost economic and urban projects through more efficient participatory processes.

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Section #baratier

Jérôme BARATIER is the Director of the Tours urban planning agency. 

References and publications:

  • Baratier J., Le confinement va-t-il profondément changer l’urbanisme ? Envies de ville, avril 2020
  • Baratier J., Quels seraient les ressorts d'un urbanisme des transitions ?, Revue urbanisme, janvier 2020
  • Baratier J., Transitions, Chronique d’une nouvelle grammaire de l’action locale, Planète SCoT, juin 2019
  • Baratier J., Petit guide de survie pour futurs urbanistes, Revue Urbanisme, avril 2016
Section #rajagopal

Champaka RAJAGOPAL has worked on numerous urban renewal, planning and transportation projects in major Indian metropolises, Macau, Shanghai, cities in the United States, regions in Sri Lanka, Libya, Vietnam and Indonesia. She has worked as an urban planner and project manager for infrastructure companies, public authorities, Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.

She trained in architecture at CEPT University in Ahmedabad, in Urban Design at the University of California in Berkeley and recently obtained a PhD in Urban Planning and International Development at the University of Amsterdam. She created and leads "Open to TRANSITION Network". She is visiting faculty at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, where she is coordinator of the Law and Policy Hub, focused on experiential learning and educating in field practice and research.

Since 2014, Champaka teaches at the Urban School a course on the real politics of urban planning practice and governance related to digital issues and ownership within the master Governing the Large Metropolis. In September 2021, she gave the inaugural lecture of the Urban School in duo with Emmanuelle Cosse.

Watch her video presentation 

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Section #enseignants-chercheurs

Our teaching researchers and practitioners

The Urban School's teaching community is made up of over 140 French and international academics and practitioners:

  • Research professors in political science, sociology, urban planning, history, geography, etc. These academics come from the departments and research centres of Sciences Po, but also from French and international universities. 
  • Practitioners working in all fields of urban affairs in France, Europe and internationally: state advisors, managers of companies, consultancies, associations, think tanks and international organisations, entrepreneurs, etc.

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