Pierre-Arnaud Barthel is a lecturer in urban planning at the Institut Français d’Urbanisme and a member of the research unit LATTS (Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétes – Techniques, Territories and Societies Laboratory). His work focuses on the existence of the “sustainable city” in the Global South and the associated adaptations, imitations and genuine changes brought about in the field of urban planning and development.
His latest publications include Expérimenter la « ville durable » au Sud de la Méditerrannée (Éditions de l’Aube, 2011, co‑edited with Lamia Zaki) and “Villes arabes, villes durables ?” (Environnement urbain/Urban Environment, vol. 7, 2013, issue co-edited with Éric Verdeil). His work forms part of the “Green Cities” programme of the Chaire Ville (“Cities Chair”) of the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées coordinated by Dominique Lorrain, research director at LATTS, and supported by AFD (Agence Française de Développement – French Development Agency), GDF Suez and Suez Environnement.