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Michel Lussault

Lyon (France)
Geographer, professor in Urban Studies at the University of Lyon and member of the Expert Committee of the European Prize for Urban Public Space since the 2014 edition.


The geographer Michel Lussault is a professor in Urban Studies at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Lyon and a member of the environment, cities and societies research laboratory, UMR 5600, which comes under the auspices of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the University of Lyon. He studies the forms of human settlement on every scale, starting out from the basic hypothesis that global urbanisation is the new habitat of reference. Among the many positions of institutional responsibility he has held are the co-presidency (together Paul Chémetov) of the Conseil Scientifique de la Consultation Internationale: Un pari pour le Grand Paris (2008-2009) and presidency of University of Tours as well as that of the Conférence des Présidents d’Université (CPU). Moreover, he has been director of the Institut Français de l’Éducation (IFE) since 2012 and president of French National Council for School Curricula. Notable among his published works are Dictionnaire de la géographie et de l’espace des sociétés (with Jacques Lévy, 2003), Habiter, le propre de l’humain (with Thierry Paquot and Chris Younes, 2007), L’homme spatial: la construction sociale de l’espace humain (2007), De la lutte des classes à la lutte des places (2009) and L’avènement du Monde: essai sur l’habitation humaine de la terre (2013). Lussault is a member of the Expert Committee of the European Prize for Urban Public Space since the 2014 edition.

[Last Update: January 2016]