The UMR MATRiS scientific project focuses on the major transformation dynamics at work in transport and development systems, the means of identifying them, understanding the complexity of their interactions and modelling them.

Challenges for society

The UMR MATRiS scientific project focuses on the major transformation dynamics at work in transport and development systems, the means of identifying them, understanding the complexity of their interactions and modelling them. It aims to shed light on, and even support, the decision-making processes in terms of mobility and development, for people, companies and public players. MATRiS brings together 19 researchers and teacher-researchers in the disciplines of planning, geography, economics, sociology and social psychology.

Scientific approach

The scientific project of the UMR MATRiS is developed along four lines:

1.Analysis of the interdependencies between transport networks, mobility and land use.

This axis is particularly interested in 1/ the functioning and design of intermodal spaces in urban or sparsely populated areas, 2/ transport corridors, in their spatial structuring and territorial governance, 3/ the modelling of the evolution trajectories, over time, of territories influenced by the arrival or removal of a transport infrastructure.

2.Processes of public transport policy making-actors' games, territorial impact and evaluations.

Policies that have been in place for several years, or those that are positioned as a break with the past, are analysed in terms of their social, economic and environmental acceptability. Policies in favour of road safety, multimodality and the development of digital services are particularly studied here.

3.Risk-tested planning practices and networks.

In a multi-actor, multi-scalar and diachronic approach, the aim is to understand the changes that actual or potential risks can bring to spatial planning practices and the deployment of transport networks and services (freight or passengers). The risks can be both endogenous and exogenous to the system of actors considered. In particular, it is a question of analysing 1/ the dynamics of post-disaster reconstruction of natural origin, 2/ risk management in infrastructure and development projects, 3/ the perception and representations of risk, 4/ the values that underpin the coordination of stakeholders during crisis episodes.

4.Mobility routines and their adaptations (passengers and goods).

The aim is to understand the determinants of routine mobility behaviours/practices, and to measure their ability to change from the point of view of individuals and logistics companies, placed in their environment of constraints. Mobility disruption situations of all kinds will be studied in particular as revealing the plasticity of routines.

Our partners UMR
MATRiS is a joint research unit between Cerema and CY Paris Cergy University
Recent publications

Sophie Hasiak. « La gratuité des transports sur les réseaux métropolitains : quelle place de la mesure au cœur de la stratégie électorale des dernières municipales ? » RTS - Recherche Trans- ports Sécurité, 2022:22p, February 2022. doi: 10.25578/RTS ISSN1951-6614 2022-05. URL

Gwenaël Jouannic. « Un retour d’expérience interdisciplinaire post-Irma ». Techni.Cités, (346), October 2021. URL

Romuald Lacoste, Marie Douet, Jean-Matthieu Farenc. « Le navire marchand sera-t-il autonome ? » TI&M Transports, Infrastructures & Mobilité, n° 528, juillet / août 2021, pp 44-48.

Claude Comtois, Romuald Lacoste. “Dry bulk shipping logistics”. In : Maritime Logistics, a complete guide to effective shipping and port management, 3rd edition, edited by D-W. Song, P.M. Panayides, (Kogan Page), Philadelphia, 2021, pp. 241-257.

Cyprien Richer. « Le versement-Mobilité et la question territoriale : vers une redéfinition de la ressource suite à la Loi d’Orientation des Mobilités ? » TIM, Transports, Infrastructures Mobilité, (N°527 – MAI JUIN 2021):28–30, June 2021. URL

Joël Meissonnier, Cyprien Richer. « Rush hour. Why despite flexible working workers resist change? » Applied Mobilities, pages 1–13, January 2021. doi: 10.1080/23800127.2020.1860512. URL

Gwenaël Jouannic, Anaïs Ameline, Kelly Pasquon, Oscar Navarro, Chloé Tran Duc Minh, A.H. Boudoukha, Marie-Aude Corbillé, Denis Crozier, Ghozlane Fleury-Bahi, Julien Gargani, and Paul Guéro. « Recovery of the Island of Saint Martin after Hurricane Irma: An Interdisciplinary Perspective ». Sustainability, 12(20):8585, October 2020. doi: 10.3390/su12208585. URL .

Sophie Hasiak, Cyprien Richer. « Can rail save peri-urban way of life? The case of peri-urban cities served by rail services in the metropolitan area of Lille (France) ». European Planning Studies, pages 1–20, September 2020. doi: 10.1080/09654313.2020.1818694. URL

Joël Meissonnier. « Faire face ou faire avec. Situations de vulnérabilité et situations de handicap ». Populations vulnérables, (6):, September 2020. URL

Cyprien Richer. « Au carrefour de l’intermodalité et de l’urbanisme : les pôles d’échanges multimodaux ». Forum du développement territorial, 1-2020:50–53, September 2020. URL

Nicolas Juste, Joël Meissonnier, Cyprien Richer. « Mobilités quotidiennes des résidents des quartiers prioritaires en France : l’influence des unités urbaines ». Canadian Journal of Regional Science, 43(2): 20–31, September 2020. URL

Philippe Ménerault, Cyprien Richer. « A la recherche de l’interconnexion train-métro (de type Val): regards croisés dans les métropoles de Lille », Rennes et Toulouse. Trasporti Cultura, 57:138–145, August 2020. URL

Richard GRIMAL. « Are French millenials less car-oriented ? » Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 79, January 2020. URL

Ludovic Vaillant. « Les représentations sociales de l’espace dans la fabrique des villes durables: analyse de deux projets de port fluvial dans le Valenciennois ». Revue d’économie régionale et urbaine, Janvier(1):63, 2020. doi: 10.3917/reru.201.0063. URL

Ludovic Vaillant, Gwenaëlle Halter. « L’inclusion des TIC dans la logistique des circuits courts alimentaires. Une enquête en Hauts-de-France ». Reflets et Perspectives de la vie économique, (LVIII):5–17, January 2020. URL

Our research projects

Team manager
Geneviève Zembri-Mary
Enseignant Chercheur | CY
Deputy manager
Antoine Beyer
Enseignant Chercheur | CY
Team members
Virginie Augereau
Enseignant Chercheur | CY
Antoine Beyer
Enseignant Chercheur | CY
Laurent Gatineau
Enseignant Chercheur | CY
Laurent Guihery
Enseignant Chercheur | CY
Marie-Agnès Lanneaux
Enseignant Chercheur | Univ. Lille (SHS)
Liu Liu
Enseignant Chercheur | CY
Christophe Mimeur
Enseignant Chercheur | CY
Geneviève Zembri-Mary
Enseignant Chercheur | CY
Laure Cazeaux
Géographe-Cartographe | CY
Patrick Palmier
Chef du groupe Mobilités & Territoires | Cerema
Véronique Baudry
Chargée d’étude | Cerema
Géraldine Bodard
Chargée d’étude | Cerema
Liliane Dufour
Assitante de direction | Cerema
Enseignant-Chercheur Contractuel | CY
Afeti Yaovi Bolouvi
Doctorant | CY
Pierre-André Horth
Doctorant | Cerema
Marie-Léa Rousseau
Doctorante | CY
Dimitra Sengouni
Doctorante | CY
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UMR MATRiS: Mobilities, Planning, Transport, Risks and Society

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