Brice Trouillet


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

Education & career
  • 2007-present: Faculty member, University of Nantes, France
    • 2020-...: Full Professor (professeur des universités)
    • 2017-2018: Visiting Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada (one-year sabbatical)
    • 2007-2020: Associate Professor (maître de conférences)
  • 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: 72 Master dissert. and 8 PhD dissert.).

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

Research activities

Full professor, Geography, Nantes University
Director of LETG (a CNRS research lab: LETG)

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

See also CV-HAL, ORCID, Loop science, Google scholar, Publons/Wef of Science


I am currently involved in 8 research programs:

  • Chaire maritime (coord. B. Trouillet; Nantes University Foundation, 2018-2023)
  • Data-Map (coord. B. Trouillet; WEAMEC, 2021-2024)
  • Fish2Sustainability (coord. R. Devillers, IRD; Belmont Forum, 2021-2023)
  • Knowledge flows in MSP (coord. L. Schroeder, U. Aalborg; EU, Erasmus +, 2019-2022)
  • MSP4BIO (coord. I. Lukic, s.Pro; HORIZON-CL6-2021-BIODIV-01-12, 2022-2025)
  • Multi-Frame (coord. S. Altvater, s.Pro; Belmont Forum; coord. B. Trouillet, ANR, 2020-2023)
  • PADDLE (coord. M. Bonnin, IRD; EU, H2020-MSCA-RISE, 2017-2023)
  • Re-DOp-Valpena (coord. N. Rollo; EMFF, 2021-2023)

Since 2007, I received 7 grants (2.1 M€) for research programs as coordinator, and I have been involved in 16 others as a participant or as a WP leader.

Selected publications (up to 5)
  • McAteer, B., Fullbrook, L., Liu, W-H., Reed, J., Rivers, N., Vaidianu, N., Westholm, A., Toonen, H., van Tatenhove, J., Onwona Ansong, J., Trouillet, B., Frazão Santos, C., Clarke, J., Eger, S., ten Brink, T., Wade, E., & Flannery, W. (2022) Marine Spatial Planning in Regional Ocean Areas: Trends and Lessons Learned. Ocean Yearbook Online, 36(1), 346-380. 
  • Tissière L., & Trouillet, B. (2022) What participation means in marine spatial planning systems? Lessons from the French case. Planning Practice & Research, 37:3, 355-376.
  • Trouillet, B., & Jay, S. (2021) The complex relationships between marine protected areas and marine spatial planning: Towards an analytical framework. Marine Policy, 127, 104441.
  • Said, A., & Trouillet, B. (2020) Bringing 'Deep knowledge' of fisheries into marine spatial planning. Maritime Studies.
  • Trouillet, B. (2020) Reinventing marine spatial planning: a critical review of initiatives worldwide. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 22(4), 441-459.
  • 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.