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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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, ...

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Cultures of compost. Practices of (re) making soil between city and mountain

Today urban composting is promoted by national and international public policies in the wake of the Grenelle de l’environnement. Composting activities are now developed not only in rural areas as part of traditional habits, but also in urban areas and...