Centre Minier


The project " New development models and vectors for the former mining basin of Nord and Pas-de-Calais ", funded since February 2022 as part of the Federative Institute for Research on Territorial Renewal (IF2RT) brings together more than a dozen researchers attached to the laboratories of the four universities involved in the Institute (University of Artois, Gustave Eiffel University, University of Lille, Polytechnic University Hauts-de-France).This research focuses on the dynamics, actors and tools of the transition of the former mining basin of Nord and Pas-de-Calais. It is based on the historical analysis of the plural policies and mobilizations, which since 1945 and until today, have been driven to the service of the renewal of this territory, its economy, its transport, housing and energy production infrastructures


Four key words to think about the transition of the former mining basin of the Nord and Pas-de-Calais


The trajectory of the former mining basin of Nord and Pas-de-Calais is closely linked to that of mining and the industry that developed around the extraction of coal. It is a question of considering the evolution of these modes of production and creation not only on what remains and is recomposed of industrial manufacturing and energy activities, but also from the point of view of agriculture as well as of the real estate and tertiary economy.


To think about the transition of this territory, this project aims to consider that of its housing stock and the way it is invested by the populations that reside there. Far from being limited to images of a space of relegation and poverty, this residential space is at the crossroads of mobilizations of public authorities, lessors, private purchasers and developers and practices of maintenance and (self-)rehabilitation of mining housing.

The project aims to consider the transition of this territory and the way it is invested by the populations residing there.

Moving around

Analysis of transportation infrastructure and services as well as mobility practices constitute a third conceptual entry point for this research. It focuses on (unequal) access to mobility resources and the energy transition through an analysis of infrastructures and modes of transport inherited from historical industrial activities and developed more recently.


Finally, the diversity of lifestyles and relationships to the territory can be apprehended through food practices and the production channels, particularly agricultural, to which they are linked. From this stems important potential for improving the health of people who live and work in this territory.

Pooling of knowledge for an inter-institutional and interdisciplinary research dynamic

Faced with the observation of the fragmentation of works devoted to the former mining basin of Nord and Pas-de-Calais, the research operations defined within the project " New models and vectors of development" have as their first objective the systematic compilation of existing research results and data on the policies and dynamics of transitions at work since 1945.

Bibliographic syntheses, statistical panoramas and archival work on land and real estate issues should allow the structuring of a collective dynamic with variable geometry depending on the researchers linked to the work collective able to get involved. Several investigations are then envisaged on the dynamics and actors of the transition.



In this project, LARSH is associated with the Centre Droit Éthique et Procédures (CEP), the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Administratives Politiques et Sociales (Ceraps), the Centre Lillois d'Etudes et de Recherches Sociologiques et Economiques (Clersé), the Centre de Recherche et d'Etudes Histoire et Sociétés (CREHS), the Laboratoire Territoires, Villes, Environnement et Société (TVES), and the Laboratoire Ville Mobilité Transport (LVMT).

LARSH researchers involved : Clément Barbier, Céline Vaz, Nicolas Rouget and Guillaume Schmitt.