Image, City, Environment Laboratory

The Image, City, Environment Laboratory (LIVE - UMR7362) is a joint research unit of the University of Strasbourg (UNISTRA), the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and the National School for Water and Environmental Engineering (ENGEES). It brings together a multidisciplinary team of about 80 researchers conducting research around three dimensions:

  • the Image, such as a tool for analyses to perform research and for geovisualisation to communicate our results;
  • the City, our main research interest;
  • the Environment, to replace dynamics into a physical and ecological perspective.

The three terms  « Image, City, Environment » are our identity and place our approaches at the crossroads of Human, Social Sciences and Geosciences, articulating the human and environmental dimensions in a context of environmental crisis with strong consequences on society.

This approach can be defined such as a human ecology. Our aim is to analyse the relationships between socities and the environment in which they are located. This approach is reflected in the fact that it is attached to the two national institutes of ecology and environment and human and social sciences of the CNRS.

Research groups

Our laboratory is at the crossroad between human and social science, on the one side, and geosciences, on the other side. We develop a holistic approach that consider anthropic and natural factors, the spatial dimension, and the dynamics of the studied systems.

Urban systems is one of our main research topic. We consider it following a human ecology approach. We are questionning how they participate at different scales in current and future environmental developments.

Our researches are structured into 6 research groups: