L'Institut Paris Region

Digital transition, climate change, urban resilience, smart mobility, innovative ecosystems, sustainable development, collaborative economy, biodiversity, urban agriculture… In a fast-changing world, the 200 experts of the Institut Paris Region explore all dimensions of regional and metropolitan life to help local decision-makers improve the quality of life and plan for the future. Our agency works for the Paris Region’s authorities and other cities worldwide. 

The IAU île-de-France becomes L'Institut Paris Region

On June 11, 2019, Valérie Pécresse launched the new brand L'Institut Paris Region and its legal transformation from a Research Foundation into a 1901 Law Association. This new brand positions the organization as a centre for scientific and technical support for the development and evaluation of public policies in the French capital-region (known as l’Île-de-France or simply the Paris Region). It also underlines the independence of its expertise and its motive to expand internationally.

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Regional Council

The French State

Local authorities

Other organizations

Our Research and Technical Partnerships

The following examples are by no means an exhaustive list but they present the scope of the main technical cooperation projects carried out by L’Institut Paris Region in France and abroad.

The IAU Foundation

The transfer of activities and staff from the IAU Foundation, which is recognised as a public utility, to the new associative structure "L'Institut Paris Region" enables the Foundation, created in 1960, to return to its original vocation, that of supporting research and innovation in order to help planning for sustainable territorial development in the Paris Region. This is the purpose of the mandate given to the President of the Paris Region on 13 June 2019. The idea is to attract mainly private funds to support innovation initiatives and demonstrators in the very broad field of sustainable spatial planning.

What we do?

In 1960, a Government initiative gave rise to L'Institut Paris Region in an effort to establish a master plan for the Paris Region. Since 1983, L'Institut Paris Region has been affiliated to the Regional Council. With 55 years of experience in the developpment of the metropolis of Paris, it has progressively become involved in a wide range of urban development and planning projects on an international scale.

270 missions in 50 major urban areas

L'Institut Paris Region has realized about 270 missions in 50 major urban areas throughout the world.
Examples of its experience include:

  • diagnosing metropolitan development
  • developing strategic planning documents
  • and transfering techniques for urban management.

Key points

Our three key points are :

  • A coordinated expertise capability in most of the fields of planning and development studies, this including technologies such as remote sensing, GIS, etc.
  • An experience ranging from the municipal level to sub-regional, metropolitan and national territories: urban projects, development plans, strategic framework
  • A world-scale list of references in Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Africa, among which Cairo and Lebanon, Shanghai, Santiago, Morocco and Abidjan are some key points. 

These activities abroad are carried out through contracts and consultancies ordered by foreign national and local authorities, and by French or international bodies (UNDP, IDB, WB...).

Scope of activities

Urban Development and Transport

The team in charge of the urban development, spatial planning and territories department at L'Institut Paris Region is made up of urban architects, geographers, landscape architects and GIS specialists. On behalf of L'Institut Paris Region, they bring to bear the power of a spatial approach to territories and the leverage of projects on every scale, from urban project definition to national territorial planning. The team members are highly experienced in urban planning studies, creative workshops, international exchanges and support for project-driven initiatives on behalf of various public bodies in France and abroad. 

Landscape or heritage studies conducted by L'Institut Paris Region are structuring for projects carried out by local authorities, whether they involve inventories in natural parks, potential world heritage site classification, river bank requalification, or the preservation of historic sites. They range from large landscapes to localised developments.

The mobility and transport department covers all topics relating to the movement of people and goods. With its team of engineers, architects, urban planners, statisticians and geomaticians, it provides innovative analyses and proposals, quantitative studies of mobility, modelling, economic research and a powerful geographic information system for developing various tools and methodologies designed to analyse road traffic, new modes of mobility, governance issues, intelligent transport systems (ITS), transport-oriented development (TOD) and urban logistics. Their work observing other European and global metropolitan areas is a continual source of lessons that lead to new proposals for practices and measures to be considered for adoption. Its regular contributions to territorial strategy studies as part of multidisciplinary teams also allow it to act as a force for bringing proposals forward for complex urban planning processes. For example, it has been involved in numerous projects in the Paris Region and internationally, such as the Paris Region’s urban development and mobility master plans (SDRIF, PDUIF), the regional master plans of Hanoi and Casablanca, Ethiopia’s national plan, etc.

The planning mission comprises a multidisciplinary team whose main task is to help urban planning stakeholders implement the Paris Region’s master plan (SDRIF) by providing educational material (digital tools, dedicated publications, etc.), legal advice and the means of monitoring-assessing the progress made in implementing the SDRIF. Its experience in regional planning matters relating to methodology and strategic support gives it skills across many subjects in the planning field and in the mastery of institutional processes. The division supports the coordination of the various planning exercises conducted by L'Institut Paris Region for the Paris Region. Moreover, being in charge of providing legal expertise, it has developed a monitoring and information instrument on public policies. Its know-how is at the disposal of institutions in France and abroad to help them draw up their planning documents or reform their urban planning and its governance.

The governance mission’s aim is to interpret the workings of the institutional systems of players, notably against the background of the metropolisation of the French capital-region. Its team is made up of experts in public institution law, analysis of public policies, the sociology of public action, public finances and local taxation. On behalf of the Paris Region, this department analyses changes in territorial governance. It supports the efforts of local government authorities to engage in dialogue and to think about the changes in their collaborative schemes. This ensures that these institutional issues are well taken into account by the thematic departments of L'Institut Paris Region engaged in territorial assignments. The department also helps to develop the ability to compare the governance systems of metropolitan areas across Europe and beyond. It can share its methods with all the towns, cities, metropolitan areas and regions that have embarked on a process of modernising their territorial governance.

L'Institut Paris Region is increasingly involved in a large number of networks and partnerships – from technical information services and steering committees to scientific organisations and evaluation or consultative bodies: UN-Habitat, UNESCO, Metropolis, Metrex, WCCF... It coordinates or supports clubs and associations which provide forums for discussion and analysis. In recent years, L'Institut Paris Region has been taking part in various European programmes and projects. These European networks are a key advantage when it comes to undertaking comparative analysis on large-scale urban development projects, mobility, economic strategies, housing... L'Institut Paris Region has also exported, under decentralised cooperation, its expertise to metropolises such as Abidjan, Algiers, Antananarivo, Beirut, Casablanca, Dakar, Hanoi, Beijing, Sao Paolo and Tunis, and many more.


The urban and rural environment department approaches are differentiated depending on the types of areas (more or less dense urban, suburban or rural) and of scales (from interregional or metropolitan functional areas to urban blocks, with a preference for large multi-municipal territories). Thus, the department conducts studies of all areas on whatever scale.
The development of environmental skills within L'Institut Paris Region makes people highly used to working collaboratively and to paying particular attention to linkages and interfaces, featuring systemic effects, reconciliation with nature, resilience, sustainability, etc.
The team also benefits from its great experience in spatialisation thanks to GIS tools, i.e. proven know-how in converting and matching environmental phenomena thanks to geospatial databases, data mapping and indicators.

The Paris/Ile de France region is like other areas faced with major risks be they natural or technological because of the concentration of its population, the growth of urbanisation, and the extent of the economic. The flood risk is the main natural risk to which the Paris/Ile de France region is exposed, and the region contains nearly half the floodable population in France. The area is also exposed to risks of land movements due to disused underground workings. In addition, the presence of major industrial sites, and also of high levels of traffic carrying dangerous materials potentially exposes the Paris/Ile de France region to major technological risks. L’Institut Paris Region acts as an interface between the risk analysis specialists, the central government departments, the local councillors, and the other local players. It is particularly well qualified for identifying the issues in terms of population, industrial and business activities, infrastructure and equipment, or heritage. It puts forward approaches that transform these constraints into multifunctional and innovative development opportunities to promote urban resilience.

The ARB IDF aims to assess the state of biodiversity in the Paris/Ile de France region, monitors its evolution, identifies priorities for public action, promotes good practices and raise public awareness for its protection. It brings together all public and private stakeholders to be an operational agency, a partnership, focused on the territories.

AREC works on energy efficiency and sobriety, renewable and recovered energies, climate plans and climate change, energy transition and climate. It helps to promote innovative approaches and projects, advises stakeholders and provides training programmes.

The purpose of the Regional Waste Observatory contributes to ease exchanges among stakeholders of the waste sector, facilitates the circulation of information and develops indicators. It assists local authorities in waste prevention and leads a technical community around public objectives (Zero Waste).

Economy and Society

The economics department comprises a team whose members have the skills that make it possible to understand and make sense of the overall situation, dynamics and outlook of a regional economy. At the crossroads of networks of experts and of assignments in operational support for public and private sector players, this department is also recognised for its ability, with complete neutrality, to contribute new ideas to the reflections and strategies on development and attractiveness. Finally, its detailed knowledge of the geography of the Paris Region’s economy adds much appreciated value to the decision-making support given to businesses and property investors. It is regularly active in France and abroad in collaboration with private companies. Its areas of expertise include: support for the economic component of large-scale projects; sectoral analysis and innovation; mapping and computer graphics; territorial competitiveness; local development; commercial property; territorial marketing; modelling; economic forecasting; territorial statistics; economic development and planning strategy; and the monitoring of economic indicators.

The housing and social affairs department team is made up of demographers, sociologists, geographers, urban planners, cartographers and geomaticians who devote their skills to a variety of topics: the environment and housing; population and income levels; urban policy; education including higher education; healthcare; tourism; culture and heritage. The department deals with forecasting and accessibility issues to meet the needs of public policies at territorial or regional levels in France and abroad. It uses data bases and the results of surveys to produce various analyses on the housing stock, social trends, urban amenities and the modelling of tools to help decision-making. The region's population is subject to our ongoing scrutiny: census data analysed in conjunction with INSEE, demographic projections, research on migration and social geography, and on vocational training and university education. L'Institut Paris Region is also interested in all aspects of the real estate sector - access to ownership, rental demand, vacant properties, co-ownership procedures - including recent trends relating to improving the energy performance of the house stock and certifications for buildings. In terms of urban regeneration police L'Institut Paris Region analyses the nature of social demand and living conditions in some priority urban zones as well as the situation in urban free zones. 

The security of people and goods is a widespread concern today and has become a priority for the public authorities. It is a particularly important challenge for the capital region in terms of its quality of life and territorial attractiveness, a structuring factor of development policies. On the strength of the expertise gained after 15 years of existence, the Prevention and Security Mission (PSM) at L'Institut Paris Region is dedicated to these issues. With its multidisciplinary team (an urbanist, a statistician, a sociologist), it mobilises its know-how to produce studies, data, publications and training modules on questions relating to security and the prevention of delinquency. By helping to increase knowledge and understanding of these questions, it is an instrument for improved decision-making and positions itself as an observatory, resource centre and delivery platform. Its work supports the actions of the region’s elected representatives and local government departments, as well as the activities of all the stakeholders facing the challenges of risk prevention and security enhancement (municipalities, combined authorities, transport providers, social landlords, the voluntary sector, citizens, etc.).

The health department or -the Regional Healthcare Observatory/ORS- is a totally independent scientific body. It  does a lot of work on describing the health (as broadly defined by the WHO) of the Paris Region’s inhabitants. The aim is to analyse the overall state of health of the Paris Region’s population and to do so by comparing it with other French regions (to bring out the Paris Region’s specificities) and with its sub-regions (to reveal internal territorial inequalities). Furthermore, the aim is to understand these results by distinguishing between individual determinants (personal behaviour patterns) and collective factors (socio-economic, environmental in the broad sense – physical, noise, pollution – working conditions, housing, the impact of supply, spatial planning, population-based approaches, etc.) to inform regional public policies in the health, social and medical fields.

The sport development department or -Regional Institute for the Development of Sport (IRDS)-, comprises a multidisciplinary team with a statistician, a cartographer-geomatician, an urban planning economist, and a geographer. Its objective is to develop a permanent observatory of sport in the Paris Region. It also produces local studies (territorial diagnoses) and regional surveys. Not only is it a genuine decision-making aid for public policies, but it is also a resource centre at the disposal of the bodies and institutions involved in the functioning and development of physical and sports activities.

The Diversity of Our Expertise

The digital economy in the Paris region

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The dynamics of the Paris region economy

Findings and issues

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The creative economy

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The bioenergy sector's industrial base in the Paris region

wood biomass, biogas, biofuel, incineration of household refuse

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Cooperation with Rio de Janeiro on sustainable metropolitan planning and urban mobility

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Paris Region master planning handbook, no. 4: How to conceive dense urban extensions?

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Paris Region master planning handbook, no. 3: How to deal with urban frontage?

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Paris Region master planning handbook, no. 1: How to foster urban intensification?

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Regional natural areas: Atlas of land intervention zones and land purchases

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Supporting the Phnom Penh urban development master plan

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Revision of the Hanoi capital region master plan

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Culture in world cities

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Scientific campuses and clusters in 21st century metropolitan areas

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The potential for the circular economy in the Paris region

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The local industrial fabric in the wind sector in the Paris region

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Creative industries in the Paris region

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Analysis of the Paris region's industrial base in the photovoltaic sector

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Tripoli's city centre urban and architectural charter

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Algiers metropolitan area development master plan

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National physical master plan of the Lebanese territory

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Our teams

L'Institut Paris Region has more than 200 specialists who provide studies, diagnoses, territorial assessments, produce and analyse data, and conduct training.


September 2020

Your interlocutors

Chief Executive Officer


Cross-Functional Missions

Patricia BRISON


Brigitte GUIGOU


Marie-Anne PORTIER
Work Programme


International Relations


Director, Urban Planning, Spatial Development and Territories department


Director, Mobility and Transport department


Director, Planning Mission


Director, Governance Mission


Christian THIBAULT
Director, Urban and Rural Environment department


Interim Director of the Paris Region Biodiversity Agency - ARB îdF


Director, Energy and Climate department - AREC îdF


Director, Paris Region Waste Management Observatory - ORDIF


Director, Economics department


Director, Housing and Social Affairs department


Director, Prevention and Security Mission


Isabelle GRÉMY
Director, Paris Region Health Observatory - ORS


Director, Paris Region Sport Development Institute - IRDS


Director, Information Systems department


Director, Communications department


Media and Photo Library Supervisor


Director, Budget and Finance department


Director, Human Resources and General Services department


General Services Supervisor


The professionals at the Institut Paris Region