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Séminaire de recherche de l'Ecole Urbaine : "Quantification, métropoles et anthropocène"

Le 12 avril 2019

Seance 4
The way Europeans live in their metropolis. Reminder of the strengths and weaknesses of the statistical quantification
9h30 - 12h30
Halles du Faubourg - Lyon
10, impasse des Chalets
Lyon 7ème
Métro : ligne B, Arrêt Jean Macé
Tramway T2 : arrêt route de Vienne

After two sessions dedicated to physical quantifications (air pollution and energy), the seminar goes on with the second family of quantification to be studied : statistical quantifications.

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After two sessions dedicated to physical quantifications (air pollution and energy), the seminar goes on with the second family of quantification to be studied: statistical quantifications. After the “Probabilistic Revolution” that occurred between 1800 and 1930, the world, and its metropolises at the first place, was supposed to be driven by statistical reasoning at the heart of new probabilistic policies (national insurances for workers or private insurance pour consumers, randomized controlled tests for industrial processes). But, during the last decades, other forms of quantification like accounting technics or financial evaluations seem to have reach a dominant position that contest the power of statistics in the governance of societies. An expert from a European independent agency and a professor from the University of Bucharest have been invited to cross their point of view on the role of statistics in today’s policymaking or academic teaching dedicated to urban spaces. Are statistics still influential in urban governance ?

Invited speakers

Cosima Rughinis
Professor of sociology in the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest, and researcher in the startup accelerator Innovation Labs. She is interested in social classification, social construction of human kinds, and models of human nature across scientific and popular media, focusing on (re)presenting old age, femininity, and production of human types and human nature. Her current work concerns urban discrimination and algorithmic agency, with a focus on algorithmic ageism and sexism.
Tadas Leončikas
Senior research manager in the Social Policies unit at Eurofound, his main responsibilities relate to management of the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) and development of Eurofound survey research. Since joining Eurofound in 2010, he has worked on various topics including survey methods, quality of life, trust, social mobility, social inclusion and housing inadequacies. Previously, he headed up the Institute for Ethnic Studies in Lithuania and worked on minority surveys. As a researcher, he has previously collaborated with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, the United Nations Development Programme and the International Organization for Migration. He has a PhD in Sociology.

Alberto Vanolo
PhD in Spatial planning and local development at the Polytechnic of Turin, is professor of Political and economic geography at the University of Turin, Italy. His main research fields include urban studies and cultural geography. His latest book, entitled ‘City branding, urban imaginaries and ghosts: the politics of representation in globalising cities’, published by Routledge, focuses on city branding and the cultural and political dimensions of urban representations. He is associate editor of the journal Cities.


Fabrice Bardet

Directeur de recherches au laboratoire EVS du CNRS, Fabrice Bardet a publié en 2014 un ouvrage intitulé « La contre-révolution comptable » dans lequel il propose de distinguer les différentes formes de quantification qui alimentent l’action publique, soulignant la place déterminante qu’ont acquise les comptabilités ces dernières années (Bardet 2014).
Il développe aujourd’hui ses travaux sur les formes de quantification financière en particulier sur le terrain des métropoles dans lesquelles les quantifications ne cessent de prendre plus de place avec la numérisation des économies urbaines. Ingénieur de l’ENTPE, docteur en science politique de l’Université Paris 1 Sorbonne et habilité à diriger des recherches à l’Université de Lyon, il est corédacteur de la revue Métropoles.

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