Research Topics

Our main research area is the « plateau de Saclay ». However, other French and European cities are considered for our investigations. We are furthermore collaborating with Centrale Casablanca (joint PhD supervision) and Central Pékin (Future Cities Lab) to enlarge our vision towards non-European cities.

Urban Life and Mobility Futures


  • A vision of the future of mobility will be developed proposing scenarios for 2030, 2040, and 2050.
  • Anthropolis is particularly interested in mobility and non-mobility in tomorrow’s society in order to answer questions on the futures of urbanity and regional management.
  • A replicable method for scenario development for different regions will be developed, integrating our previously proposed Scenario Personarrative approach.
  • This method will combine microscopic (the citizen, the traveller), mesoscopic (governance), and macroscopic (city, society) visions.
  • A creative exploration of possible futures is planned in a systematic way based on individual and collective views within multiple stakeholder workshops.

Mobility as a Service (MaaS)


  • The implementation of regional MaaS systems demands a commitment by political decision-makers as well as a real intention to collaborate by all stakeholders of urban and suburban mobility.
  • How will new technologies influence new forms of MaaS and what forms of governance and new organisational models will emerge?
  • A major question will be the impact of and possibilities for different degrees of centralization and decentralisation of such systems.
  • Furthermore, Anthropolis will focus on mobility data, data portability and privacy by design in the context of a human-centred MaaS.
  • Finally, the impact on regional attractivity and mobility behaviour will be modelled and analysed for different MaaS concepts.

Future Infrastructures


  • The interaction between the future evolution of urban infrastructures and mobility will be investigated.
  • A socio-technical human-centred approach will be developed. Sensors, charging stations, shared mobility stations, urban spaces will be major areas of investigation.
  • The evolution of sharing urban space and infrastructure will be investigated alongside the reversibility of installations such as parking or recharging infrastructure.
  • Replicable planning methods for various mobility infrastructures will be developed taking into account technological organisational and social factors.