The LUDI Institute

Historically anchored in a territory with very marked coastal characteristics, La Rochelle Université has made this singularity a true signature, in the service of a new model. It relies especially on the specialization of its research around the theme of Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability (LUDI in french).


The LUDI Institute proposes an integrated and decompartmentalized vision by the research and for the research. The scientific ambition is to address all the scientific questions raised by the transitions and major societal challenges resulting from the anthropisation of the coastline. The incentive policy allows the emergence of new scientific questions, notably through an interdisciplinary approach.

The LUDI Institute is the implementation of a highly integrated ecosystem, between teaching departments and research laboratories, with a doctoral school reinforcing the coherence and unity of vision between the entities.

The Institute in a few words

“La Rochelle Université is widely recognised internationaly at the highest level in training and research, following disciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches, around a unique signature in France and abroad on the mart Urban Coastal Sustainability” (LUDI in french).

The LUDI Institute focuses its efforts on the scientific niches in which La Rochelle Université has already gained international recognition and will extend them in an interdisciplinary and systemic vision.

The LUDI Institute also aims to respond to a major societal and economic challenge by targeting studies on the quality of life of populations living in coastal areas strongly impacted by global climate change.

Thus, the environmental transition is addressed from the perspective of integrated coastal zone management. The issues associated with the energy transition are addressed in close relation to the notions of sustainable construction and transport. Digital transformation, a major challenge in the evolution of our societies, is a strong element in the rapprochement of the so-called “hard” sciences and the humanities. The human and social sciences, at the heart of the LUDI Institute, are working on what “living in an urbanised coastline” means, combining the themes of the environment, sustainable construction and transport, and digital technology with a view to the livability and comfort of coastal urban spaces. This desire to provide answers to the challenges of tomorrow is also reflected in the support provided to public policies and in a strong European presence through the EU-CONEXUS European University.”

Christian Inard, Director of the LUDI Institute and vice president of Research

Areas of expertise of the LUDI Institute

Digital transition

Dematerialisation and valorisation of digital resources, security, images, digital humanities, data management and governance.

Energy transition

Sustainable building, energy eco-efficiency in urban areas, durability of materials and structures, environmental and social impacts.

Environmental transition

Environmental risk, flooding and coastline erosion, biodiversity and ecosystem services, health, social impacts.

Societal issues

Migration flows, identities and otherness, law, justice, environmental law.

The Institute : a few numbers

10 laboratories, including 3 CNRS UMRs and 1 UMS

6 observatories.

More than 1,300 students (22 master’s courses)

More than 230 doctoral students (1 multidisciplinary doctoral school)

1 European University EU-CONEXUS

440 permanent staff (teachers, researchers, engineers, technicians)

500 publications of rank A/year

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