The Economics of Urban Ecological Transition Chair (Real Estate, Housing, Architecture and Development)

Scientific project

The present era of the urban ecological transition is characterized by ecological, environmental, societal and social emergencies. It is therefore essential to begin thinking holistically about how to create recycled, resilient cities. Doing so will involve bringing together all the stakeholders in the value chain by breaking down the barriers between the professional worlds of finance, promotion, architecture and project management, management and use.

Launched in June 2023, the Economics of the Urban Ecological Transition Chair (Real Estate, Housing, Architecture, Development) aims to create a teaching and research platform that is recognised academically and is open to the decision-making world of economics and politics.

Various economic questions arise. How can the growing housing needs of households be met and a range of residential, industrial and tertiary buildings (shopping areas, business districts) be developed whilst also supporting the urban ecological transition? How can ecologically beneficial initiatives and projects be promoted, both economically and financially? How can the value chain be reconceptualised, and in particular the economic role of new entrants in the newly emerging real estate sectors? How can innovative construction be undertaken at a time when land scarcity is becoming a major obstacle for developers? How can urban density and recycling be promoted while maintaining the quality of residential spaces?

The aim of the Chair is to create a centre of expertise in real estate economics and the economics of the ecological transition. The focus will be on the added value of professions and skills, so that all players in the economic value chain of urban and real estate production (planning, financing, project management, construction) will be able to develop and build housing, office and commercial property – in other words, the city districts of the future – in a sustainable and low-carbon way.


The Economics of Urban Ecological Transition Chair (Real Estate, Housing, Architecture, Development) of the Institut Louis Bachelier launches its first conference « Reinvesting in Resilient Real Estate » on Wednesday 6 March 2024, from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm at the Collège de France.

Scientific officer

Ingrid Nappi
Ingrid Nappi
HDR Professor at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech See CV

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