Rencontres scientifiques


Institut de géographie, Université de Neuchâtel
Semestre de printemps 2020, Alvéole de géographie (B.1.38), 12.15 - 14.00

Programme RS IGG automne 2019.bmp


Valentin Comte, Doctorant IGG

Impacts du changement climatique pour le vignoble neuchâtelois et stratégies d'adaptation
Quelles sont les conditions climatiques au-delà desquelles la viticulture dans la région neuchâteloise pourra ou devra s’adapter compte tenu des changements climatiques récents et futurs ? Ma thèse a pour objectif de répondre à cette question en abordant les différents seuils climatiques et indices bioclimatiques pertinents pour la viticulture régionale. L'utilisation des scénarios climatiques pour la Suisse du NCCS permettra de présenter le futur climat viticole et les possibilités d'adaptation pour la région.

Simon Noori, Maître assistant nccr - 'on the move' / IGG

Rethinking Smart Borders’ Anti-political Economy

Amidst the EU’s increasing reliance on biometrics and large-scale IT system for migration management, scholars have argued that private firms have recently turned border control into a profitable business. Providing know-how, infrastructure and technological ‘solutions’ to political problems, their influence is mostly understood as depoliticizing border control. Yet, less is known about the ways in which this industry is practically entangled in the creation of new IT systems and how it has indeed transformed practices of bordering. I aim at rethinking the anti-political economy of European border control. First, I examine how the thinking of borders changed once it entered the realm of entrepreneurial reasoning. Second, I ask through which mundane techniques of governing the public/private divide was redrawn in this case. Third, and
by providing insights into a Europe-wide pilot project in which several border security firms were involved, I explore the rival metrological regimes that transformed the material properties of biometric systems into sites of calculation and experimentation, producing matters of concern which have not existed before.

Evan Blake, Doctorant IGG

The Insistent Smart City and the Murky Mediated Middle
This presentation places its focus on South African grassroots and civic organisation that interface with the State as mediating actors with the aim to deepen participatory democracy. Framed within this notion of participatory democracy, the smart city emerges as a loose set of definitions and sources of inspiration through which a variety of strategic relationships and interventions can be framed within both government and grassroots spaces. Framed through a lens of insistence practices (Castelfranchi and Fernandes 2015), this research investigates how these mediating organisations deploy “smart” to disrupt sedentary, developmentalist-driven agendas from the inside-out; demonstrating through practice that technological innovation in the South African city governance space cannot become extrinsic from social action.

Birk Diener, Doctorant IGG

Urban Living Labs: Towards a Better Understanding and Design of the Lab-city-Interface
Urban living labs are a quickly spreading form of organised experimentation which bring together different actor groups to transform urban life. For my thesis I use an action research approach to study the translation processes between lab and urban environment taking place in a lab in Basel. In this «Rencontre Scientifique» I introduce my case and present the research design for my study on urban living labs.