François Jegou

François Jégou created and leads the Brussels-based sustainable innovation lab Strategic Design Scenarios with 20 years of experience in strategic design, participative scenario building and new product-services system definition. François is active in various fields and research projects from investigating social innovation for sustainable living in China, India, Brazil and Africa with UNEP to European research projects focusing the development of social innovation ; supporting the transition to sustainable development of territories ; exploring the future of innovation process or designing platforms to foster deliberative process on nanotech.

Francois Jégou coordinates URBACT networks of European cities: “Sustainable Food in Urban Communities”, “REFILL Temporary use of vacant spaces”, “BIOCANTEENS of cities with 100% local organic canteens”. He acts as a partner of various European H2020 research projects: SPREAD 2050 exploring sustainable lifestyles; CIMULACT engaging citizens in shaping European research policy agenda; NATCONSUMERS and ECO2 transforming energy use practices; COMPASS supporting SME’s adoption of Responsible Research and Innovation.

François is professor of design at La Cambre Brussels, SciencesPo Lille and visiting professor in several design schools and universities worldwide. He is the Design manager of the Laboratory of Uses and Innovative Practices of the City of Design of Saint-Etienne and co-founder of the DESIS international network of Design Schools for Social Innovation and Sustainability. Its latest publications: Social Innovation in Cities, reviews how the more than 500 cities that have participated in URBACT Thematic Networks are changing their governance processes to better engage with citizens and local stakeholders. Phasing-in, How to initiate a process of public innovation? tells the stories of the construction of policy innovation labs in Belgian administrations.

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