Brice Trouillet


Université de Nantes, IGARUN
Campus du Tertre - BP81227
44312 Nantes Cedex 3 (France)

Education & career
  • 2007-present: Associate Professor (maître de conférences), University of Nantes, France
    • 2017-2018: Visiting Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada (one-year sabbatical)
  • 2018: Habilitation (French degree needed to access the rank of full professor), University of Nantes, France
  • 2004: PhD in Geography, University of Nantes, France
  • 1999: Master in Geography, University of Nantes, France
  • 1997: Bachelor in Geography & Planning, University of Rennes 2, France
Current teaching activities

Maritime geography, GIS/mapping, Thesis supervision (to date: 65 Master dissert. and 5 PhD dissert.).

I've also been the Director of the Master "Geography & Planning of Maritime spaces" (2011-2015), created in 1976 in the University of Nantes.

Research activities

I am a geographer whose research focuses on the relations between human groups and maritime space. Through the lens of STS and critical approaches, I particularly use the case of fisheries in marine spatial planning to study how power relations and knowledge issues intertwine in (geo)technological devices (data, types of knowledge, planning documents, mapping features) that ultimately shape 'socio-technical agencements' forming an intermediate with the marine 'environment'.

My researches are developed within the CNRS lab LETG (of which I'm also deputy director since 2015) and in relation with the IUML, a marine and coastal research consortium of the University of Nantes.


I am currently involved in 5 research programs:

  • Chaire maritime (coord. Brice Trouillet; University of Nantes' Fondation, 2018-2023),
  • COP-VALPENA (coord. Brice Trouillet; European Union, EMFF, 2018-2021),
  • Knowledge flows in MSP (coord. L. Schroeder, Univ. Aalborg; European Union, Erasmus +, 2019-2022),
  • PADDLE (coord. M. Bonnin, IRD; European Union, H2020-MSCA-RISE, 2017-2021),
  • Multi-Frame (coord. S. Altvater, s.Pro; Belmont Forum, JPI Ocean and Future Earth, 2020-2022).

Since 2007, I received 5 grants for research programs (as coordinator) and have been involved in 13 others (as a participant or as a WP leader).

Selected publications (up to 5)
  • Trouillet B., 2020, Reinventing marine spatial planning: a critical review of initiatives worldwide. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning.
  • Trouillet B., 2019, Aligning with dominant interests: the role played by geo-technologies in the place given to fisheries in marine spatial planning. Geoforum, 107: 54-65.
  • Trouillet B., Bellanger-Husi L., El Ghaziri A., Lamberts C., Plissonneau E., Rollo N., 2019, More than maps: Providing an alternative for fisheries and fishers in marine spatial planning. Ocean & Coastal Management, 173: 90-103.
  • Agapito M., Chuenpagdee R., Devillers R., Gee J., Johnson A.F., Pierce G.J., Trouillet B. 2019. Beyond the Basics: Improving Information About Small-Scale Fisheries. In: Chuenpagdee R., Jentoft S. (eds), Transdisciplinarity for Small-Scale Fisheries Governance. MARE Publication Series, vol 21. Springer, Cham.
  • Trouillet B., Guineberteau T., de Cacqueray M., Rochette J., 2011, Planning the sea: The French experience. Contribution to marine spatial planning perspectives. Marine Policy 35 (3): 324-334.