#22 Toulouse

A) Metropolises and their academic system

From one metropolis to the other, the relationship between local authorities and universities vary a lot. It may often need strengthening but its potential for strategic and fulfilling cooperation for both sides is undeniable.

B) Strategic management of human resources

Recruiting et retaining workers is a challenge for every metropolis, requiring very elaborate action plans.

On this 22nd meeting, we have inaugurated our new BEST formula : we keep working on topics related to local public policies on the Friday, but the Saturday morning is now dedicated to management issues.

Our talks about the relationships between metropolises and their academic systems have shown the many resources available for our administrations and those of the universities, even if the complexity of shared projects should not be overlooked. They have at least unveiled the richness of the POPSU program and aroused a great deal of interest among participants for this action-research approach. Many ideas have been expressed as to how the next research program could be useful to our metropolises.

As for human resources strategic management, it stroke us how much alike the situations are from one country to the other, as shown by our German and Belgian guests. Even the public transport case study revealed many similarities with what local authorities experience for themselves and was therefore very enlightening.

That is why I borrow his wise wording from our guest : what we should try hard to grant every individual in our teams is a meaningful job, a clear role, recognition and a future within our organisations.

Éric Ardouin
Chief executive of Toulouse Métropole and the City of Toulouse


See presentations

Metropolises and universities

Metropolis-university: relationships trying to find themselves ?

> Pierre-Emmanuel REYMUND, manager in charge of prospective, partnerships, territorial innovation in Toulouse Métropole

> Lionel DELBOS, director of territorial economy with France urbaine

How the academic world views the relationship between metropolises and universities

> Philippe RAIMBAULT, president of the Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées
> Patrick LÉVY, former president of Grenoble Alpes University

Cities and science in Germany : worlds apart and strong cohesion

> Hilmar von LOJEWSKI, deputy director general of Deutscher Städtetag (the german equivalent of France urbaine), in charge of urban development, construction, housing, transports and mobility

Urban action-research : POPSU

Presentation of the Projects and urban strategies observation platform (POPSU)

> Hélène PESKINE, permanent secretary of the interdepartmental agency Plan Urbanisme Construction Architecture (PUCA)

What lessons draw from the POPSU program ?

> Marie-Christine JAILLET, scientific director of POPSU, research director with the CNRS, vice-president of Toulouse Jean-Jaurès University

Brief account of the POPSU program in Grenoble

From the metropolis’ point of view
> Jean-François CURCI, chief executive of Grenoble Alpes Métropole

From the researcher’s point of view
> Magali TALANDIER, professor at Grenoble Alpes University, president of the scientific council of European Green Capital 2022 of the Grenoble Urban Region

The role played by the Urbanism Agency in the relationship between the academic world and local authorities
> Benoît PARENT, director of the Urbanism Agency of the Grenoble Region

How POPSU was beneficial to Grenoble’s candidacy to European Green Capital 2022
> Emmanuel ROUÈDE, chief executive of the City of Grenoble

Round the table : expectations and proposals of chief executives as regards the next POPSU program

Strategic human resources management

The City of Bochum’s approach

> Elke WERTHMANN-GROSSEK, manager of human resources of the german city of Bochum (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Brussels-Capital’s civil service: uniqueness and challenges

> Isabelle MEULEMANS, chief executive of talent.brussels, Brussels-Capital’s agency in charge of regional civil service

Mobility public services: how to preserve human capital in a sector in the process of radical transformation

> Bruno DANET, founding CEO of COREo, former executive human resources and organisation director of the Keolis group.

Photo Didier Descouens : rue d’Alsace-Lorraine / square de Gaulle, 2015
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