REVES – Renaissance Ecologique des VillES


French universities can play a key role in generating Smart City approach through an innovative Public-Private Partnership dedicated to urban transformation.

We led an action-research stud y for five years with several research and pedagogic projects including users or citizens. The paper points out main factors of Smart City development.
It also presents shared demonstrators’ characteristic sincluding industrial scale, sustainability and citizens’ participation. University of Lorraine diversification strategy through the “Chaire REVES” supported by public and private partners. At regional level, industrial-university-territorial partnerships could tackle both societal and economical issues “with”, “for”, and “by” citizens. Based on the Living Lab conceptour case study shows a concrete regional university strategy involving: user-centric design, collaborative processes, citizens’ workshopsand new financial and organizational answers enabling collaboration between private companies and public institutions. Our paper also argues that innovative public and private partnership involving usersare necessary for developing smart cities.

For more details:
Dupont, L., Morel, L., Guidat, C. (2015)“Innovative Public-Private Partnership to Support Smart City: the Case of “Chaire REVES” Journal of Strategy and Management, Vol. 8 Issue: 3, pp.245-265