ITTEM - Innovations and Territorial Transitions in the Mountains

Territories, Mountain, Transitions, Innovations
The Labex ITTEM – Innovations and territorial transitions in the mountains – brings together researchers from nine laboratories in humanities and social sciences. Encouraging a global approach, it accompanies public action in the mountains through projects built with the actors of the territories, with a view to sustainable development.
Winner of the “Laboratory of Excellence” call for projects in March 2011 as part of the “Investments for the future” program, the ITTEM Labex has been renewed for five years from 2020 to 2024. It is the only Labex to humanities and social sciences led by the Université Grenoble Alpes. It re-examines territorial and environmental issues from the double angle of innovation and transition: socio-economic changes and planetary environmental upheavals, declined at the local level.

The Labex ITTEM forges partnerships with many actors in the territories: local authorities, natural and national parks, companies and socio-professional and associative structures... Researchers and actors together define the objectives of the research, the Labex ITTEM then mobilizes the scientific disciplines with regard to co-constructed projects. It seeks to provide concrete answers to decision-makers to help them develop their transition strategy and question their actions.

The Labex ITTEM in a few words is :
  • 9 laboratories from the Université Grenoble Alpes and Savoie Mont-Blanc and the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (Inrae).
  • At the national level, a laboratory of excellence created in 2011 and placed under the supervision of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the National Agency for Research (ANR).
  • A scientific council guaranteeing the quality of the work, and a steering committee including representatives of local authorities and the socio-economic world.
  • A dialogue between disciplines: communication, law, economics and management, environment, geography, history, political science, sports science, sociology, urban planning.
  • A red thread: interdisciplinarity, co-construction, participatory research, training, international cooperation.
Updated on  July 5, 2023