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Raphaël Besson

Villes Innovations
Directeur, Villes Innovations & Chercheur associé, PACTE
Madrid Area, Spain
Raphaël Besson, expert in urban socio-economy and doctor in sciences of the territory – town planning. He founded Villes Innovations in 2013, an agency located in Madrid and Grenoble, and specialized on the thematic of the innovative and creative city.
For several years, Raphaël Besson assumed the responsibilities of studies in urban economy within an architect and town planners cabinet (Lyon, Paris) after which he was nominated project manager of the Living Lab of the Center of Scientific, Technical and Industrial Culture of Grenoble. On this occasion, he was appointed responsible of the Living Lab « Arts-sciences » EXPERIMENTA.
Regarding investigation, he is associated to PACTE laboratory; his research focuses on the economic development of territories, the open innovation systems and adresses the issue of the innovative and creative cities. In his PhdD thesis, he constructed the notion of Cognitive Urban Systems through the study of relevant urban projects located in Buenos Aires, Barcelona and Grenoble. He also takes a careful look at the sustainability of local developpement models.
Villes Innovations is located in France (Grenoble) and Spain (Madrid). The Agency benefits from a significant international openness, particularly in Latin America. Villes Innovations is a multidisciplinary agency which benefits a wide area of expertise: research, studies and advice, expert support and guidance of communities in urban innovation process, organization, coordination, facilitation and conduction of symposia, and activities of higher education (teaching).