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
    • 2017-2018: Visiting Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada (one-year sabbatical)
  • 2004: PhD in Geography (University of Nantes)
  • 1999: Master in Geography (University of Nantes)
  • 1997: Bachelor in Geography & Planning (University of Rennes 2)
Current teaching activities

Maritime geography, GIS/mapping, Thesis supervision (to date: 59 Master dissert. and 3 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 lab. LETG (of which I'm also deputy director since 2015) and in relation with the IUML.


I am currently involved in 3 research programs:

  • COP-VALPENA (PI; European Union, EMFF, 2018-2021),
  • SP-MSP (coord. T. Klenke, Univ. Oldenburg; European Union, Erasmus +, 2016-2019),
  • PADDLE (coord. M. Bonnin, IRD; European Union, H2020-MSCA-RISE, 2017-2021).

These last 10 years, I received 4 grants for research programs (as PI) and have been involved in 11 others (as a participant or as a WP leader).

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