The research unit UMR 5600 "Environment, City, Society" (EVS) brings together research communities stemming from a wide range of disciplines from social sciences and humanities. Researchers belong to universities and colleges of the Lyon Saint-Etienne pole.

THE UMR EVS handles modalities by which contemporary and past societies fit out and arrange their environments. Change, action, transformation, evolution, future will be considered in order to study these modalities. These developments and concern for the environments which contribute to the transformation of the world are not analyzed indeed still as participating in "dynamics of change". They cause "reactions" of the world, are observable as dynamics of "change", as what participates in the "global change" and, doubtless, in the "evolution ".

In our research Unit, the dynamics of change are studied in eight working groups – designed from the scientific interests of the research communities gathered in the Lab. These working groups are not hierarchical but relational. Thematized, generally from objects, from process and from phenomena, they  constitute research polarities around the dynamics of change and the related territorial and environmental stakes. They establish a relational organization within which distribute the communities of search(research) from plural disciplinary origins.

A same research perspective binds these working groups together and implies each of them individually to be related to all others : the three domains of change (environmental transformations, ecological evolutions, praxis and action – i.e. environmental management, territorial and environmental policies int their widest sense, interact constantly to transform the world and reveal its historical modalities.

This scientific organization in working groups favors the polarities of research and stimulates scientific plurality by associating researchers of very different disciplinary origin, sharing research topics.

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Affiliations : CNRS, Universities (Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Lumière Lyon 2, Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne), Engineering schools (Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, ENTPE, INSA Lyon), ENS Lyon, Lyon National School of Architecture

Staff : 85 lecturers ; 14 researchers ; 26 agents in support staff ;  138 PhD students and post-doc fellows