CRIEF  University of Poitiers

The Centre for Research in Economic and Financial Integration (CRIEF EA2249) is the lab of the University of Poitiers specialized in economics. The team implied in INCREASE federation interests in the geography of innovation and in territorial dynamics: its objective is to better understand the spatial organization of economic, scientific and productive activities. More precisely, recent researches have been focussed on the science-industry linkages, the geographical mobility of researchers (namely in chemistry and mathematics), the water resource management, the environmental strategies of firms, and the territorial development of small and medium-size cities.

The strong interdisciplinarity that characterises the team (anchoring in economics and openness to other social sciences as management, sociology and geography) leads to mobilize various methodologies both quantitative and qualitative (statistics and econometrics case studies/monographs of territories, sectors and firms; semi-structured interviews; social network analysis).

The team often conducts an applied research under contracts with socioeconomic partners as local authorities (regional council, agglomerations, etc.), deconcentrated services, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Ademe, etc.

Selection of publications

  • Bernela B., Bouba-Olga O., 2014. Concentrer la recherche et attirer les créatifs ? Remise en cause d’une politique à partir d’études empiriques. Annales des Mines, Collection Responsabilité et Environnement, n°74.
  • Bernela B., Bouba-Olga O., Chauchefoin P., Lee M., 2014. Les flux migratoires des diplômés : une étude de cas de la région Poitou-Charentes. Reflets et Perspectives de la Vie Economique, Tome LIII, n°3, p.5-18.
  • Bernela B., Depret MH., Ferru M., 2016. Genesis and dynamics of a cluster: new insights from a mixed-method analysis. 3rd Geography of Innovation Conference, Toulouse, 28th-30th.
  • Bernela B., Levy R., 2015. Collaboration networks within a French cluster : do partners really interact with each other ? Papers in Regional Science doi : 10.1111/pirs.12170.
  • Bernela B., Levy R., 2015. Modalités de coordination de projets collaboratifs pour l’innovation : entre interactions en face-à-face et interactions à distance. Revue d’Economie Régionale et Urbaine, accepté.
  • Bernela B., Milard B., 2016. Formation, dynamics and geography of chemists’ co-authorship. 3rd Geography of Innovation Conference, Toulouse, 28th-30th.
  • Bouba-Olga O., Carrincazeaux C., Coris M., Ferru M., 2015. Proximity dynamics, social networks and innovation. Regional Studies, 49 (6), p. 901-906.
  • Bouba-Olga O., Grossetti M., 2015. La métropolisation, horizon indépassable de la croissance économique ? Revue de l’OFCE, 117-144.
  • Bouba-Olga O., Grossetti M., Ferru M., 2013. “How I Met my Partner: Reconsidering Proximities”, in Torre A. & Wallet F. (dir.), Regional development and proximity relation, Edward Elgar, 223-239.
  • Chauchefoin P., Sauvent A., “Technological rent: the key for water services regulation”, in Schneier-Madanes G. (dir.), Globalized Water: A Question of Governance, Springer.
  • Ferru M., 2014. Partners connection process and spatial effects: new insights from a comparative inter-organizational partnerships analysis. European Planning Studies, 22(5), 975-994.
  • Ferru M., Liberat N., Guimond B., Depret MH., 2014. Deconstructing the collective process of environmental innovation: a study case of Poitou-Charentes companies. Journal of Innovation Economics & Management, 1(16), 139-170.


CRIEF Members involved in INCREASE