Young scholar studio for metabolism studies

The young scholar studio for metabolism studies was founded in November 2020 by a group of post-doctoral researchers and PhD students of the Lyon Urban School. Its aim is to create a dialog between Sciences, Humanities and Arts from the term of "metabolism" and to gather various researchers from various academic backgrounds.

Means of action

The studio’s activities (seminars, workshops, public courses, conferences, screenings, visits…) are dedicated to a large public among which students, engineers and urban planers and, more generaly, to each person interested in Anthropocene and environment. One of the scientific purpose is not only to share achieved content (like scientific papers or books) but also to show the making of our reflexions by sharing regular reports and podcasts and showing sketchnotes and photos.

The concept of metabolism

The concept of metabolism is used in various situations: in medicine and biology, of course, but also to optimize matter and energy flows, to study the inequalities induced by these circulations, to represent the human-environment relations, to analyze politics. Using the term of metabolim is a way to cross different approaches, disciplines, epistemologies and methodologies which are all precious to understand the human habitation of the planet.

The founders

Clément Dillenseger is a PhD Student in urban geography at the Lyon Urban School and at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (advisor : Pr. Michel Lussault). He’s a member of the EVS research unit. By using different qualitative methods, his research focuses on cleanliness and dirt in three european cities : Lyon, Vienna and Athens. Considering that the urban cleaning management is a metabolic management, Clément tries to understand its ethical, political and aesthetical aspects.
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Yann Brunet is PhD Student in history and urban studies at the Lyon Urban School and at the Université Lumière Lyon 2, supervised by Pr. Pierre Cornu (LER), Pr. Laurence Rocher (EVS) and Pr. Stéphane Frioux (LARHRA). In his research, he proposes a geohistorical reading of three western metropolis (Lyon, Montreal and Manchester, from mid-20th to nowadays), analyzed through the lense of the urban residual matter management, the sites involved and finally their influence on this urban growth in the "long" run .

Pierre Desvaux is PhD graduated (Université Grenoble Alpes, 2017). He’s now a post-doctoral researcher at the Lyon Urban School and he’s belonging to two different research units : PACTE (University of Grenoble, France) and EVS (University Lyon 2, France). His research use the concept of urban metabolism in a political and critical view, focusing on waste infrastructures. His fieldworks are both in the global North (Lyon, France) and South (Cairo, Egypt) and allows him to compare diverse socio-technological regimes of waste management.
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Laëtitia Mongeard is PhD graduated (Université Lumière Lyon 2, 2018). She’s now post-doctoral researcher at the Lyon Urban School and a member of the EVS research unit. Since her doctoral research, she worked for different research programs and institutions in Lyon (Labex IMU, CETU, ENS de Lyon). Her research topics are matter-oriented : she studied demolition waste and exacavated materials from tunnelling and she is now more focused on the participation of infrastructures in the technosphere.

Mélissa Manglou is a PhD student in geography at the Lyon Urban School and at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, supervised by Pr. Karine Bennafla and Nathalie Ortar. She studied English literature and environmental management at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and postcolonial studies at Oxford. Her doctoral research is about plastic flows and waste at the Reunion Island (France). She’s also a founding member of the Observatoire Terre-Monde, a research group on political ecologies in the French overseas territories.

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