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"Understanding & Acting" conference

“Environmental” issues and blockages to action


Lecture by Peter Sturm, INRIA researcher since 1999. For a dozen years, Peter has been doing research in computer vision, before changing his research field. For the last few years, he has been working on research questions related to the environment, starting with urban issues (urban sprawl, joint modeling of land use and transportation).

Abstract: This conference shows an overview, not at all exhaustive, of blockages to action in the face of environmental issues. It focuses largely on blockages acting at the psychological, biological and cognitive levels. These barriers, which act at the level of individuals and groups, facilitate the effect of more structural and important barriers, such as institutional ones (political, economic, social) or the effect of disinformation campaigns. The objective of the conference is to contribute to the awareness of environmental issues and to the reflection on actions; identifying the brakes should allow more efficient actions.