Origin of the project

UrbaRiskLab is the continuation of the Euridice Research Program (Risk Research Team, Crisis Management and Major Events Management).It was led in partnership with the General Secretariat of the Defense and Security Zone of the Paris Prefecture of Police, funded by the CSFRS and Labex Urban Futures, and directed by Valérie November ( The program (2015-2018) demonstrated the need to think in an interdisciplinary manner and, simultaneously, to conduct both basic and applied research. It also brought attention to the large pool of researchers working on these topics within Paris-Est’s ComUE (Community of Universities and Institutions), as well as beyond in the Greater Paris region, in France and internationally.


UrbaRiskLab is part of the I-SITE FUTURE Tremplin projects, whose primary goals are to encourage scientific risk-taking and to fundamentally structure research. Submitted and selected during the 2017 I-SITE FUTURE Tremplin call for projects as part of the “safe and resilient city” challenge, it was officially launched on September 27-28th, 2018 during a kick-off meeting.


The project is funded by the I-SITE (ANR – Agence Nationale de la Recherche) to December 31st 2022.


Project coordination:

  • Director: Valérie November (CNRS);
  • Head of steering: Alice Azémar (UPE);
  • Coordination assistance: Alexandre Geffroy (UPE).

A COMEX, which seconds the management of the project, is headed by:

  • Eric Gaume (IFSTTAR): head of the “Natural Risks” thematic area and of activities in the West of France;
  • Pierre-Jean Arnoux (IFSTTAR): head of the “Road Safety and Health” thematic area and of activities in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur;
  • Jeanne-Sylvine Guedon (IFSTTAR): co-leader of the “Natural Hazards” thematic area and relations with the Ministry of the Ecological Transition and Solidarity (DGPR);
  • Stève Bernardin (UPEM) and Sophie Laruelle (UPEC): co-facilitators of the “Analysis and Data Processing” MiniLab;
  • Kostas Chatzis (IFSTAR) and Eva Dokladalova (ESIEE Paris): co-facilitators of the “Sensors and Uses” MiniLab;
  • Sidonie Christophe (IGN) and Florence Jacquinod (EIVP): co-facilitators of the “Visualizations” MiniLab;
  • Bruno Barroca (UPEM) and Laurent George (ESIEE Paris): co-facilitators of the “Information Circulation in Crisis Situations” MiniLab