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Workshop Cycle « Innovations for Resilience » - #9 June session

Atelier, Conférence / Événement en français, Innovation, Innovations pour la Résilience, Partenariats, Recherche

On June 12, 2023

portrait adrien sonnet

"Thermalism, vulnerability and territories - The evolution of the municipal government of thermalism and its implications on the offer and the image of the thermal towns"

From September 2022 to July 2023, one Monday/month during lunch break, the Risk Institute proposes with INNOVACS a research workshop cycle opened to all academics and professionals to address the issue of citizens’ involvement in vulnerability reduction and risk management through easy-to-use, and light technologies.

Registration is free but mandatory. Remote access is possible on request.


WORKSHOP #9: JUNE 12TH, 2023

"Thermalism, vulnerability and territories - The evolution of the municipal government of thermalism and its implications on the offer and the image of the thermal towns
Thermalisme, vulnerabilité et territoires - L'évolution du gouvernement municipal du thermalisme et ses implications sur l'offre et l'image des villes thermales"

by Adrien Sonnet (Université Caen Normandie, France)
Language: French, english material

In this workshop, Adrien Sonnet wishes to discuss how spa towns have been deeply affected by the hydrotherapy crisis of the 1990s and 2000s (crisis of very clear attendance, and legitimacy with the leaders of the State and Social Security) but also by the double movement of withdrawal (economic and political) of the State in the public management of the territories.
The local players - economic, political, institutional and medical - had to relearn how to work collectively (which was not easy during decades of strong growth in hydrotherapy).
Adrien Sonnet thus proposes to analyze the influence of the foundations of this collective action (how are created these coalitions supposed to relaunch the thermal economy and tourism, at the initiative of which actors, etc.) as well as their functioning (power relations, alliances, tensions) on the reorganization of the offer and image of spa towns around issues of well-being, aging well, health prevention.
In other words, to propose an analysis of the way in which these actors have collectively sought to euphemize an aging image, linked to biomedical health, in order to reposition themselves on the market of well-being and aging well.
In this perspective, it is also a question of evoking the way in which certain instruments of public action (such as territorial marketing) used by local elected officials to create a compromise (between different visions of the orientation to be given to hydrotherapy, around health, tourism, or well-being) standardize the offer and the image of the different spa towns (despite their a priori different positions).

1st part of the cycle: The digitalisation of essential services

. October 17th, 2022
The digitization of public action / Citizens inclusion issues
Périne BROTCORNE, (Louvain University, Belgium)
(FR - English Material)
Postponed to January 30th, 2023
E-Health & Health Crisis: Teleconsultation Devices - Caregivers’ perspectives
Marie BERTHOUD  (Lille University, France)
(FR - English Material)
. December 5th, 2022
Mobile (for) development : when digital giants take care of the poor.
Marine AL DAHDAH (CNRS, CEMS, French Institute of Pondichery, India)

2nd part of the cycle: Involving users? New trends in design methodologies

February 20th, 2023
Digital fabrication and resilient manufacturing
Lucia CORSINI (IFM Consultant) and Valeria DAMMICO (Cambridge University & Polytechnique-Paris, France)
March 20th, 2023
Making, experimenting and documenting low tech. The Farmer fablab case / Fabriquer, expérimenter et documenter les low tech. Le cas de l'Atelier Paysan.
Morgan MEYER (Mines Paris Tech, France)
(French - English Material)
April 3rd, 2023
The participatory patient in the geriatric health living lab
Dimitri VOILMY (Université de Technologie de Troyes, France)
(French - English material)
. April 24th, 2023
Innovations in Crisis Management and Response: digital humanitarians and early warning, early action systems
Kees BOERSMA (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

3rd Part of the cycle: Innovations, vulnerabilities and territories

May 15th, 2023
Territorial Ecology and Socio-ecological Transition - Innovations for vulnerable territories: sustainable development as an opportunity for new patterns?
Nicolas BUCLET (PACTE Lab., Université Grenoble Alpes, France)
(French - English Material)
. June 12th, 2023
Thermalism, vulnerability and territories
Adrien SONNET (Université Caen Normandie, France)
(French - English Material)

July 3rd, 2023 - Workshop cycle conclusive conference
Gérald GAGLIO (Universite Côte d'Azur - Nice, France)
(French - English material)


oordination: Jean-Luc Bosson (TIMC-Imag), Jean-François Boujut (G-Scop), Céline Cholez (PACTE)

The cluster Innovations for resilience is a multi-disciplinary research group (sociologists, geographers, historians, engineers, climatologists and geo-scientists, hydrologists, architects, physicians, managers, communicators...) involved in undesrtanding the spreading of "people-centered innovations" to make them actors of crisis management and enhance their resilience.

Actually, in a few years, many “smart” innovations explicitly dedicated to different types of crises management or vulnerabilities reduction have been developed by public and private players worldwide in order to integrate public concerned or recognized as concerned. The cluster research mainly tackles smart, decentralized, often small, and “easy-to-use” innovations that for some, benefit from the recent progress of microelectronics and digital industries, from the trend of artificial intelligence and the internet of things. This contributes to widespread agile and economical solutions (small sensors, mobile apps, for example) that, coupled with institutional innovations, are expected to complete or replace institutional and experts centered traditional responses.

Many of these innovations originate in a public-private partnership; they concern many different geographical and political territories; some are market-driven, some are “bottom-up” (emerging from a grass-root innovation process).  The public concerned, the “end-user,” can both appear as a target and a producer of information (Al Dahdah, 2019), sometimes through a community commitment but also as a human virtual or physical sensor (Goodchild, 2007).

A significant issue the cluster addresses is analyzing the extent to which these innovations drive a change in the risks’ governance with a more inclusive perspective.The cluster’s program mainly addresses issues related to:

  1. change in design methodologies (users’ centered, frugal, grass-roots innovation) at all stages from idea to prolonged usage with a challenge about the integration of learning from crisis and vulnerability experiences approaches (as recommended in risk cycle management) and long and ordinary existing practices regarding risk phenomenons;
  2. legal and public policy dimensions especially privacy regarding data capture, responsibilities’ transfer, and insurance regime implications, market regulations for public stakes (health, natural and industrial risks) and sustainable economic model;
  3. change in risks’ expertise role, in experts’ position and capacities of action confronted to the emergence of new actors and possible change in institutional and power relations.

The cluster Innovations for resilience lead research projects (master, phd, seniors researchers), in partnerships with different territories, foster new partenerships and provides scientific animation on these topics toward Grenoble research communities but also internationally: Kyoto University-Japan, Swansea University-Wales, Denver Colorado University (USA), the International Center for Frugal Innovation (Delft, Leiden et Rotterdam Universities, Nederland).







On June 12, 2023
Complément date

12 Noon - 1.45 PM


MRSH, Université de Caen (France)
Urban sociology, political science, socio-history of public action and political economy

Submitted on July 6, 2023

Updated on April 5, 2024