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Arnaud Passalacqua

Portrait Arnaud Passalacqua
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Academic position

Assistant Professor in History (Paris Diderot University, UFR GHES)
Head of the Master's degree Energy, Ecology, Society (E2S)
Associated researcher at LIED


I hold a PhD in urban history defended at the Paris Diderot University (supervisor: André Gueslin) in 2009. Previously, I was educated as an engineer, first at the École polytechnique (X98) and then at the École nationale des ponts et chaussées, with a specialization in town planning (advanced master's degree AMUR, 2004). As a temporary lecturer and then as an assistant professor since 2010, I taught in different universities (Paris Diderot, Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Bretagne occidentale...), town planning institutes (IFU, IUP...), engineering schools (ENPC, ENTPE...) and other institutions (École de Chaillot, Ponts Formation Conseil...). Furthermore , I realized various research and expertise missions in history as well as in town planning for several structures : AHICF , École française de Rome , RATP, RFF, SNCF... I am also involved in various associations of my research field: Traffic, Transport and Mobility (T2M) , Passé-Présent-Mobilité (P2M), Rails et histoire and GETUM.

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Research fields

My research focuses on urban mobility in the industrial cities conceived as a historical phenomenon, in Europe in general. The main concepts on which I base my work are those of public space and interaction between mobility systems. But I address other topics such as energy. With these tools I try to shed light on the theme of mobility history with a peculiar attention to social and cultural elements conceived as key factors for understanding the technical objects and mobility infrastructures. I developed my research within the ANR Resendem project and thanks to a project financed by the Mobile Lives Forum on the imaginary of decision makers in the world of railway.