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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.

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Journal of Mountain Science

A modified Hoek-Brown failure criterion considering the damage to reservoir bank slope rocks under water saturation-dehydration circulation

Abstract After water is impounded in a reservoir, rock mass in the hydro-fluctuation belt of the reservoir bank slope is subject to water saturationdehydration circulation (WSDC). To quantify the rate of change of rock mechanical p...

Journal of Mountain Science

Factors affecting technical efficiency of small-scale apple farms in Balochistan Plateau, Pakistan

Abstract In Balochistan, Agriculture is dominated by small-scale farmers and the apple production sector is confronted with the chronic constraint of low output per unit of input. Although some agricultural policies have been imple...

Journal of Mountain Science

Food security status in rural areas of Mizoram, Northeast India

Abstract Rural areas of the Mizoram state, India practice subsistence agriculture where shifting cultivation dominates the farming systems. As a result, output from crops is very low and thus, the rural areas suffer from food insec...


Sport and tourism in mountain facing the challenges of socio-economic, climatic and technological change

Sport tourism and mountainous areas are facing major changes in a globalized world, where climate change and digital technologies growth, require from its players to take on new challenges. Depending on the stakeholder’s responsiveness, the societal, ...


Representing mountain regions. Images and maps to influence the territories

Ever since humans have cast their eyes upwards at them, mountains have not only been described, but also represented by different types of still and moving images. Carvings, paintings, photography, paper maps, 3D maps, cartoons and films (home movies ...


Winter sports resorts. What dynamics between globalisation and territorialisation?

Both on a national scale within France and for other destinations, winter sports resorts today represent an all-important part of the economy, one synonymous with employment, visitors and financial income. These entities were often conceived as "devic...


Mountains and Metropolis, reciprocal peripheral resources?

To be able to live in mountainous regions, humans have managed to "cultivate" the water, soil, air, snow and wood. Wherever they have turned their attention to landscapes, ecosystem balance and territorial specificities, they have been able to take ad...


Protected mountain areas: territories as an interface between science and management

The history of mountain protected areas is characterized by the resort to several registers of legitimacy over time. Their creation was initially often justified by their capacity to act as microcosms and represent the world because of the presence in...


Territorial labelling: holding onto heritage and innovating? Putting "distinction" to the test of time

Today there is an increasing focus on territorial labelling (or certification). These labels have been extended to all sorts of tangible and intangible objects (quality seals on products, tourism brands, cultural, patrimonial and ecological labels, et...


Transformative social innovations in mountain territories

To be sure, mountain regions innovate, but are their forms of innovation necessarily singular? Do they participate in bringing about a profound transformation to the territorial paths and positions taken? This session will attempt to answer these q...


Valley floors and high-altitude areas: reinterpreting territorial construction and land value dynamics

In the past, before extensive draining and protection work, valley floors that were not embanked or dammed up were considered inadequate for intensive land use, and even for the establishment of societies, unlike higher up in the valley. However, thes...


"Meet & match forum". Together we move mountains!

Interreg Alpine Space organsize the Meet & match forum. Together we move mountains! on 21-22 March 2017 in Milano, Italy Inspiring key notes, networking opportunities, and sessions showcasing programme and project activities will stimulate the gene...