Olivier Coutard

Olivier Coutard is a French socio-economist. He was trained as a civil engineer (ENPC 1988), and he holds a PhD in economics and social sciences (ENPC 1994). His PhD thesis dealt with the introduction of competition in the electricity supply industry. He has been holding a full-time research position with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) since 1996. He was appointed a CNRS research professor in 2007. 

He was Director of LATTS (Laboratoire Techniques Territoires Sociétés, https://latts.fr), a multidisciplinary social science research centre from 2008 to 2015, and Director of the French national interdisciplinary research programme on Cities and the Environment (www.pirve.fr) jointly sponsored by CNRS and the French ministry for Sustainable Development from 2006 to 2009. He is researching the governance of urban infrastructure services (water and energy supply, telecommunications, urban transportation), reforms in those sectors and their social, spatial and environmental implications. His current research addresses: urban energy (and “energy transition”) policies in Europe; and the transformations in the sociotechnical organisation of urban services, esp. the critique of large networked systems, the development of alternative technologies, and the politics of the “post-networked city”. Among other publications, he edited (or co-edited) several books: The Governance of Large Technical Systems (Routledge, 1999); Le Bricolage organisationnel (Elsevier, 2001); Sustaining Urban Networks (with Richard Hanley and Rae Zimmerman, Routeldge, 2005); Ecologies urbaines (with Jean-Pierre Lévy, Economica, 2010).