The Laboratory

The ESPI2R (ESPI Réflexions et recherches) Laboratory was launched in March 2017 following a decision by the Scientific Committee.

The group concentrates its work on two areas of research.

The first area is called Regions, planning and new centralities.  It focuses primarily on how the structure and organisation of regions are being transformed by changes in public policy on the one hand and by the digital revolution on the other.

In France as in other countries, town and regional public planning policies have made environmental protection their main objective, which is broken down into more specific objectives, including the battle against urban sprawl and residential intensification as a consequence. With this in mind, ESPI2R has launched an initial phase of research exploring the legal mechanisms that encourage the intensification of building constructions and the results of such mechanisms.  The research group has also begun work on studying the functional and social diversity of spaces as a way of making towns and cities more inclusive places to live in.

The digital revolution has had an impact on the real estate industry in various ways, but especially through disintermediation, which has transformed markets and resulted in the appearance of new products and services coming out of the collaborative economy. Our second area of research is called Real estate, markets and environment. It explores these new products and services and how they are revolutionizing the real estate profession. Our work in this area is not just restricted to the impact of the digital revolution, even if this is seen as having a major influence. The team also takes a wider look at a range of transformations that have an effect on real estate products and professions.

Isabelle MALEYRE
Director and Dean of Teaching
and Research

Our research team

When the research group was created in March 2017, there were initially three professors in our team, including a legal expert at the Marseille campus and two economists based in Paris. At the beginning of the 2018 academic year, we recruited 5 new members thus boosting our work and developing the group’s multi-disciplinary nature.


(Legal Expert, Nantes)


(Economist, Paris)

CHARDON Anne-Catherine

(Urban Planner, Paris)

FRAGNY Benjamin

(Economist, Paris)

LOPEZ Benoît

(Legal Expert, Paris)


(Economist, Paris)

VEIL Cathy

(Economist, Paris)

Publications, conferences

Research area 1 – Regions, planning and new centralities

Several papers are currently in progress in this area and will soon be submitted for publication.


MACARIO Mélanie, « Bonus de constructibilité et versement pour sous densité : un bilan mitigé »

TROJETTE Inès, MILLOGO Albert, « L’impact de l’immigration sur l’économie régionale de la France : une analyse spatiale »(The impact of immigration on France’s regional economy: a spatial analysis).


Research area 2 – Real estate, markets and environment

Our work concentrates primarily on new forms of workspaces arising from the digitalisation of society, on the legal constraints this imposes on the international development of business organisations, as well as on the circular economy.  The team has already made, or is preparing to make, presentations on these themes at research conferences.

Conference presentations

ZADRA-VEIL Cathy and FRAGNY Benjamin (2018), « Les collectifs créatifs de la ville de demain : le cas des Living Labs immobiliers », (Creative groups in the city of the future : the case of real estate Living Labs), 9th edition of the International Association for Strategic Management (AIMS) Innovation Special Interest Group, “Communities, eco-systems and innovation”, Montreal, 17-19 October.

LOPEZ Benoît (2018), « Le cloud computing entre croissance économique et souveraineté juridique :quel itinéraire pour les entreprises transnationales ? », (Cloud computing between economic growth and legal sovereignty: which itinerary for transnational companies?), 3rd annual conference of the French Association for Law and Economics(AFED), Nancy, 11-12 October.

VEIL Cathy and FRAGNY Benjamin (2018), « Les Living Labs immobiliers et la gouvernance partagée »,(Real estate Living Labs and shared governance), 38th edition of the Association for Social Economics Conference (Association d’Economie Sociale), Lyons, 5-7 September.

VEIL Cathy, FASSHAUER Ingrid (2017), « Living Lab : nouvelle organisation hybride et gouvernance »,(Living Labs: a new hybrid organisation and governance), 5th edition of the GESS Conference, Reims, 7-8 December.


VEIL Cathy and FRAGNY Benjamin (2018), « Gouvernance des communs et innovation collective dans les Living labs immobiliers », (Governance of and collective innovation in real estate Living Labs), in Tensions sur les ressources : l’économie sociale en recomposition, (Strains on resources: the reorganisation of the social economy), 38th edition of the Association for Social Economics Conference (Association d’Economie Sociale), Lyons, 5-7 September, 2018, under the supervision of Jérôme Blanc, ÉmilieLanciano and Damien Sauze, UCL Presses Universitaires de Louvain.