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Boris Chabanel

« Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist. »
Kenneth E. Boulding


Geographer by training, for more than 12 years Boris has been accompanying local communities and their partners on case studies, counselling and animating collective dynamics. His interventions mainly focus on the prospective and strategies of economic development of local policies, employment-insertion, and territorial resilience. Boris joined UTOPIES in 2017 as local sustainable economies expert.


A specialist in territorial economy, Boris develops an expertise in territories development, based on the notion of “local economic circuit”: favor production, consumption, employment and neighborhood funding to build living, inclusive and resilient local economies. Through his professional experiences, Boris has developed solid skills in informative watch, surveys and interviews, quantitative analysis, writing and editing paper and web.

What nobody knows about you Boris Chabanel

A music fan, Boris has kept his rocker soul and sometimes plays drums to unwind.

Last missions

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Toward productive cities

A "productive city" is a city that aims to increase its self-production capacity - to manufacture the products it needs - by relocating the necessary manufacturing production, by mobilizing local material resources (renewable resources, circular economy...), while connecting to global collaborative networks (data, design, know-how, etc.).
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Inspiring local development
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