CE55 - Sociétés et territoires en transition

Dynamics of informal settlements in Pacific island cities – SITI

Submission summary

The SITI project aims at developing knowledge and new agent-based simulation tools to analyze a particular mode of urban production, characteristic of the socio-spatial transformations and urban sprawl, of the capital cities of the Pacific islands (Port-Vila, Suva and Noumea). These areas and habitats called informal settlements, “villages in cities”, are home to an increasingly large part of the population. They form residential pockets of small constructions on the fringes of regulatory urbanization and its development. The management of these informal settlements, at the intersection of traditional and modern lifestyles, is therefore a major issue for the authorities in charge of urban planning. By crossing different research protocols and methods usually distant from each other (written archives, observations, open interviews, semi-directive interviews, questionnaires, spatial data, econometrics and artificial intelligence), we will have a full understanding of the urban dynamics that have produced and perpetuated informal settlements in the three Pacific cities.
To achieve this, this project is based on an interdisciplinary approach involving history, urban planning, geography, economics, remote sensing and artificial intelligence. It mobilizes researchers from five laboratories, and two companies, to study informal settlements in the capitals of Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Project coordination

Frédéric Flouvat (Laboratoire d'Informatique et Systèmes)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


LIS Laboratoire d'Informatique et Systèmes
EVS Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat Lyon
ESPACE-DEV Institut de recherche pour le developpement
TROCA Université Nouvelle Calédonie
ISEA Université Nouvelle Calédonie
LARJE Université Nouvelle Calédonie

Help of the ANR 704,652 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: February 2023 - 48 Months

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