LADYSS - Laboratoire Dynamiques Sociales et Recomposition des Espaces


LADYSS - Laboratoire Dynamiques Sociales et Recomposition des Espaces

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The LADYSS laboratory is a multidisciplinary UMR distributed on 4 university sites (Paris 1, Paris 7, Paris 8, Paris 10).
The cross-analysis of social dynamics and the recomposition of spaces, the central theme of the LADYSS, was, ten years ago, a continuation of a legacy: the collectives of researchers, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers and biogeographers had its origin a shared ambition to relate territorial dynamics and social changes, in order to analyze territorialisation processes of both individual and collective action broken down into a study of a world-system and day-to-day existence composed of local issues, via research objects that are especially representative of the transformation of contemporary societies, such as those of the environment.

Presently, with the IT revolution, the affirmation of the virtual worlds, the renewed impetus of LADYSS is the reaffirmation of the place of of materiality and "naturalness" of territories and objects in forging social ties. This reaffirmation was grounded in a solid methodological basis, and interdisciplinarity constitutes an identity and constituent marker of the members of this laboratory.
Therefore, researchers who work on the issue of territorialization in the processes of change have much to tell about their modes of articulation to the local actors. Far from the dichotomies of research, its long periods and its modes of representation on the one hand, its action, its urgency and its methods of spreading scientific knowledge on the other hand, a joint action provides large opportunities for “hybrids" times, i.e. those borrowing from different registers of research and action.

These joint actions are hybrid for several reasons:

- actors in the territories provide researchers with data, sometimes structured via concepts or operating methods that arise from their local knowledge of territories;

- the importance given to local knowledge ("participatory science", "street science") in the fabric of science, leads to new resonances to science-society debates and to the role of science in society;

- the traditional schematization of the operating modes of science (inductive or deductive) is partially abandoned in favor of iterative approaches and increasingly concerted action with the local actors in order to formulate new hypothesis and discuss the results of any analyze.


LADYSS is organized in four research axes and a transversal approach

- Globalization: Social-Spatial Recompositions in Globalization

- Territories of everyday life: Representations, Practices, Projects

- Environment and development: Towards a new paradigm?

- Health issues and territories

- The transversal and cross-disciplinary approach "Science-Society Relationships in the Field" responds to the desire of a yearly collective dynamic

The research teams of these four axes are distributed on the 4 university sites. They consequently belong to several doctoral schools. This diversity give strength to the LADYSS project. Indeed, this disciplinary and institutional diversity that characterizes LADYSS result in a strong interdisciplinarity and a scientific cohesion


Direction et/ou correspondant FIRE: 

Nathalie Blanc


Tutelles de l'unité: 

CNRSUniversité Paris NanterreUniversité Paris 8Université Panthéon SorbonneUniversité de Paris