Providing support for transitions: contacts

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As a public institute for research, education and innovation, the University of Bordeaux has all the levers at its disposal to support societal and environmental transitions on its campus sites and with its partners. To do so, it relies on its highly-dedicated communities.

Photo : The Transitions policy is coordinated by the University of Bordeaux's board of directors, staff and student community © Gautier Dufau
The Transitions policy is coordinated by the University of Bordeaux's board of directors, staff and student community © Gautier Dufau

A university taking action for a world in transition

Thanks to its highly dedicated communities involved in a range of initiatives, the University of Bordeaux has been implementing a societal and environmental transitions roadmap since 2021 as part of its 2030 strategic plan. Its objective is to undertake transformative action on its own and with its regional and economic partners to meet the challenges of the environmental, social, economic and political crises of the Anthropocene era. Each and every community member can contribute to these transitions through their individual or collective actions and find their place within the wide-reaching project.

Relying on several framework programmes, which support this trajectory, in particular the ACT, InnovationS, ENLIGHT and RESET projects - the University of Bordeaux aims to become a university of reference in terms of societal and environmental transitions, by helping the transition initiatives expand to the metropolitan, regional and international scale. In October 2023, its first report on the Sustainable Development Goals highlights all the actions already undertaken in light of the international standard established by the UN.


Steering its transformation

The issue of transitions is cross-disciplinary and concerns all the university's activities.

This is why the University of Bordeaux has developed the appropriate steering and operational tools, including the creation of a vice-presidency dedicated to societal and environmental transitions, the implementation of an impact steering and data dashboard system, as well as the launch of a body in charge of initiating, leading and empowering initiatives, jointly developed with regional partners, on the local and European scale.

A University of Bordeaux statutory body, the Council for Societal and Environmental Transitions provides support for the implementation of the university's policy in the field of societal and environmental transitions. It is also responsible for examining, analysing and making proposals or requests related to the university's societal and environmental impact.

Person in charge

Eric Macé, Vice-President for societal and environmental transitions


Generating data to guide trajectories

Following the example of the most efficient organisations, the University of Bordeaux, which is the owner of its campus sites and property assets, is setting up sensors and indicators that allow it to measure its environmental impact and consequently objectify the curves that need to be lowered (greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, waste, etc.) or raised (responsible purchases, self-produced renewable energy, biodiversity on the campus sites, energy sobriety in buildings, etc.).

Supported by a network of staff and student "advisors" and "ambassadors" for transitions in all aspects of the university, the policy of low-carbon consumption is paired with a policy for improving campus life and the quality of life at work. Gender equality, adapting to disabilities, mental health in the student population, food quality as well as the fight against harassment and discrimination are all indicators of a societal transition linked to environmental transitions.

Aware of its responsibility, the university has set up an independent body to evaluate its policy - the Council for Societal and Environmental Transitions - and will undergo external audits as part of the Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility (DD&RS) certification.

Coordination of actions and framework assistance

Institute for Transitions

Institute for Transitions (in French)

Relying on an active network

Student Ambassadors for Transitions

Ambassadors for Transitions are students employed by the University of Bordeaux to raise the student community's awareness of societal and environmental issues.

Their mission is to promote good practices and initiatives for involvement, disseminate them on campus and be a facilitator in their communities.

They are a great way to provide information and highlight the needs of the student community.

Transition ambassadors

By email:

  • Sacha Duperret - ambassador coordinator
  • Leila Vergne - Victoire campus
  • Eléa Peynaud - Victoire campus
  • Baptiste Royau - Victoire campus
  • Nour Smili - Talence campus
  • Simon Barneix - Talence campus
  • Lucas Brouet - Talence campus
  • Anthony Bourgès - Talence campus
  • Carla Lagardère - Talence campus
  • Juliette Quintana - Pessac campus
  • Laura Bleron Walencik - Pessac campus
  • Emma Thienot - Pessac campus
  • Adèle Andorin - Carreire campus
  • Julien Maulmy - Carreire campus
  • Charlotte Guiard - Agen campus
  • Wendy Leong - Agen campus
  • Axel Campourcy - Périgueux campus

I'm taking action

I want to become a Transition ambassador, too.

The University of Bordeaux's transition in the face of the social and environmental challenges cannot be achieved without the active participation of all the university's stakeholders, including the student community, which will have a key role in implementing the roadmap.

Wassila Ezzaoui, law student and transition ambassador 2021-22

Staff advisors for Transitions

Transition advisors play a crucial role in integrating transition issues at the heart of the University of Bordeaux.

Within their different entities (colleges, research or administration), they act as facilitators and raise awareness about the challenges of societal and environmental transitions. 

Working as sources of information, they participate in sharing and disseminating good practices, as well as implementing collaborative tools.

Transition advisors - colleges and institutes

College of Law, Political Science and Management Benoit Jamet David Diallo Claudia Simon        
College of Health Sciences Laurent Azéma Michaela Boucaud Pascale Ré Véronique Guerrero Emmanuelle Barron    
College of Human Sciences Géraldine Tapia            
College of Science and Technology Jean-François Bonnet Delphine Coursault Aurélie Bugeau Anne Bourdoncle Françoise Billebaud Patrice Gonzalez Didier Swingedouw
Bordeaux Institute of Technology Sandrine Reynaud Olivier Gauwin Guillaume Carbou Nicolas Berger      
INSPE Denis Dessagne            

Transition advisors - research departments

Social sciences of contemporary changes

Guillaume Carbou Christel Chaineaud            
Behaviour,  organisations and policy evaluation Christel Chaineaud Benoit Jamet            
Law and social transformations David Diallo              
Bordeaux Neurocampus Franck Burglen Aline Foury Rémi Galland Arthur Leblois Alexandre Zenon Géraldine Tapia    
Biological and medical sciences Anne Cayrel Bénédicte Salin            
Public health Valérie Garcia              
Health sciences and technologies Laurent Azéma Anne Bourdoncle Fanny Bourrée          
Environmental sciences Emmanuelle Barron Claire Bréhélin Emilie Dassie Stéphanie Desprat Emmanuel Geneste Patrice Gonzalez Cécile Miot-Sertier Didier Swingedouw
Engineering and digital sciences Jean-François Bonnet Rémi Boutonnet Aurélie Bugeau Olivier Gauwin Gaël Guennebaud      
Material and light sciences Antoine Aubret Françoise Billebaud Delphine Coursault Sébastien Fourcade Karine Heuze      
Archeological sciences Véronique Laroulandie              

Transition advisors - administration

General administration and human resources Marie Baudry Sofiane Kissar Chrystelle Scudieri
Property and environment Maryline Sempé    
Leadership and strategy support Christelle Bayle    
Accounting office Bernard Dudziak-Seget  

I'm taking action

I want to become a Transition advisor, too.

Operational contacts

Societal and environmental transitions are addressed at the University of Bordeaux by an extensive, multidisciplinary team, spread throughout the different university departments:

Operational contacts

  •, head of SUAPS
  •, head of the Department of environmental performance
  •, in charge of Campus transitions and campus life
  •, head of the Societal innovation unit
  •, Disability liaison officer
  •, in charge of Transitions in research, education and innovation
  • Stéphanie Danaux, Student Life Centre (BVE) - Talence
  •, Director of property assets
  •, in charge of Consulting and expertise in architecture, landscaping, heritage and biodiversity
  •, Director of university life
  •, Deputy Director of the Institute for Transitions, ACT programme manager
  •, head of the Sustainable development, services and assignments (DSO)
  •, in charge of Transitions partnership projects
  •, Director of urban development
  •, Student Life Centre (BVE) - Bordeaux
  •, head of Culture - Pessac
  •, RESET project manager
  •, head of Culture - Talence
  •, ACT project manager
  •, Director of occupant services
  •, head of Student Health Centre
  •, in charge of Mobility
  •, manager of Hazardous and non-hazardous waste
  •, manager of Sustainable development and societal responsibility (DSO)
  •, Director of social action and societal innovation
  •, Student Life Centre (BVE) - Pessac
  •, Director of the Institute for Transitions
  •, in charge of Outreach and awareness for societal and environmental transitions
  •, head of PHASE

Above all, I see myself as a catalyst and a spokesperson for the wide range of initiatives that emerge from the laboratories: a catalyst by helping the initiators to make their initiatives a reality and a spokesperson by participating in the dissemination of those initiatives.

Franck Burglen (Research engineer and General Secretary of the Neurocentre Magendie) and Transition advisor

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