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The LabEx ITEM is a research network in the field of humanities and social sciences. The research laboratories that make up this network come from institutions located in the Isere and the Savoie french departments. Labex ITEM's vocation is to provide the mountain territories with the analytical capacity and expertise that are essential to cope with the various forms of change they face: economical, demographical, cultural, climatic and so on.

The objective of this platform is to to shed light on the LabEx ITEM's own activities and networks. Its goal is also to communicate about its partners' various information when related to the mountain territories. This is an open communication and collaborative tool for everyone.

This platform is currently in beta test. Don't hesitate to send us your comments.



The Editorial Hub

The action of LabEx ITEM's Editorial Hub consists in promoting the work of partner unit researchers, both among the scientific community and for a wider audience in touch with contemporary mountain territory issues. Several levels of publication and d...

Action de formation

The Training Hub

Set up in 2013, the ITEM Training Hub has two framework objectives: contributing to the development of an on-site "Innovation in the mountains" centre of excellence; and valorising research via training products at different levels. The approach ad...

Projet de recherche

Laboratoire d'Excellence Innovation et Territoire de Montagne

LabEx is structured into three hubs working in close synergy: a research hub, a training hub and a valorisation hub, each with dedicated operations and tools. The Training Hub is characterised by its determination to take educationally innovativ...


The Valorisation Hub

LabEx ITEM promotes the implementation of processes intended to renew mountain territory development models by fostering collaboration with the stakeholders of these regions. With respect to socio-economic stakeholders: events/places for exchange o...

Actualité du Labex

Save the date ! - 5 au 7 juillet 2017 colloque ASRDLF

During colloquium CITIES AND REGIONS IN A CHANGING EUROPE: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS ATHENS (5-7 JULY 2017) LabEx ITEM (LabEx Innovation and Mountain Territories) organize a special session (session 18) called : MARGINAL REGIONS’ PATHWAYS...

Appel à contribution

LabEx certifies your project

Are you looking to associate LabEx ITEM with a project, event, undertaking (or something else...) that involves societal issues specific to mountain territories? Do you want to put forward a scientifically significant initiative intended for a wide au...

Projet de recherche

Distinguish the territories of mountain. Critical approaches of the processes of labelling in the territorial constructions

Since the 2000s, rural territories' preferred route is the quest for distinction. This is achieved via certification/labelling, which involves leveraging value from concepts such as heritage, environment and sustainability. This phenomenon is particul...

Projet de recherche

TeLiMéP : Territoriality, Liminality and Metropolisation Peripheries

This project aims at analysing together the mountain transformations which we will tackle as liminal spaces, on the long term (the rallying and recomposition of Alpine identities), and the transformation related to the metropolisation process which af...

Projet de recherche

TSMI : Mountain eco-system of Sport Tourism in the Rhone-Alps region and Innovation dynamics

Innovation is a key factor of competitiveness in international markets with high economic value. The sport tourism market in mountain, mainly based on outdoor sports practice (Bouhaouala and Biard, 2015; Bouhaouala and Bouchet 2009), is no exception t...

Projet de recherche

VIVEHab : Vulnerability, Innovation, Ageing, Employment, Habitability

The Vivehab project aims at estimating mountainous regions’ social and economic vulnerability through the analysis of three main elements: population, services and employment. Properties usually found or impacting these areas are annual seasons, low d...

Appel à contribution

Support for emerging projects

Support for emerging projects is an opportunity to initiate collaborations between research and actors within the territory in relation to a specific need. LabEx ITEM examines the needs (on the condition that common interests are identified) and pr...


Montagnes métropolisées et territorialités périphériques : l'exemple des città metropolitane

This post-doctoral project will extend and deepen the problem of the relationships between the metropolitan and the mountain analyzed by TéLiMèp's research program. It will complete TéLiMèp's state of the art, mainly by Italian references, in order to...