Brice Trouillet


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

Education & career

Full professor, Geography, Nantes University (2007-...)
Director of LETG (a CNRS research lab: LETG)

Current teaching activities

Maritime geography, GIS/mapping, Thesis supervision (to date: 79 Master students and 10 PhD candidates).

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

For over 20 years, my research focuses on ocean geography and ocean governance, more specifically on the relations between human groups and maritime space. Through the lens of Science & Technology studies (STS) and critical approaches (critical data studies), I particularly use the case of fisheries and marine renewable energy in marine spatial planning to study how power relations and knowledges' issues intertwine and, by doing this, shape 'socio-technical agencements'.

While continuing to develop this research, over the last ten years or so, the role of geographic information throughout its life cycle (manufacturing, processing, representation, circulation, (non)use) became one of my key concerns.


Ongoing research programs related to MSP:

  • 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)
  • 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)
Selected publications (up to 5)
  • Reimer, J., Claudet, J., Trouillet, B., Ban, N., Agardy, T. & Devillers, R. (2023) Conservation ready marine spatial planning. Marine Policy, 153, 105655.
  • Quinio, L., Ripken, M., Klenke, T., Trouillet, B., Hansen, H.S., & Schrøder, L. (2023) Exploring ecosystem-based approaches in Marine Spatial Planning through actor-driven perceptual mapping. Marine Policy, 152, 105604.
  • Trouillet, B., Gaye, N., Seck, A., Desse, M., Fall, A.N., Fossi, A., Guineberteau, T., Kane, A., & Pourinet, L. (2023) Geographic informational issues in marine spatial planning: Lessons from artisanal small-scale fisheries in Senegal. In Bertrand, S., & Bonnin, M. Planification spatiale marine en Atlantique tropical : D'une tour de Babel à l'organisation d'une intelligence collective. Montpellier, IRD Editions, 235-265.
  • 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.