Jean Monnet Network: Transatlantic Perspectives on Energy and Cities (TPEC)


Period of grant: September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2021
Sponsor: European Union – Erasmus+ Higher Education
Call for Proposals EAC/A05/2017 – Jean Monnet Activities
Project No 600173-EPP-1-2018-1-US-EPPJMO-NETWORK

Transatlantic Perspectives on Energy and Cities (TPEC) advances cooperation among the University of Pittsburgh (USA), Newcastle University (United Kingdom), University Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne (France), and Sciences Po Lyon (France). The aim is to strengthen research and teaching actions in areas of mutual interest and build on existing institutional relationships to enhance cooperation in the fields of European Union studies, particularly as it intersects with topics and themes from transatlantic, urban, and energy policy studies. 

Pittsburgh, Newcastle, Lyon, Saint Etienne:  Why these cities?  Learn more.

Stream One: Cities (Urban Development)
On the question of urban (re)development in Europe and the U.S., the aim of this project is to analyze urban renewal and development policies in Lyon/Saint-Etienne, Newcastle, and Pittsburgh. The goal is to better understand how cities are built and identify the different subnational, national, and supranational economic and political regulation that impact urban redevelopment policies.

Learn more about Stream One activities.

Stream Two: Energy (Powering Urban Development)
This  project will have a problem-solving focus: exploring the range of challenges that hydraulic fracturing triggers, both to the geology and biosphere as well as to society itself; exploring strategies to achieve Paris Climate goals with varying degrees of national support; and evaluating the success of carbon markets as a policy tool. Equally vital will be suggesting pathways for improving scientific and policy knowledge about responding to these core concerns. 

Learn more about Stream Two activities.

Project Coordinators:

Equipe Scientifique

University of Pittsburgh:

  • Jae-Jae Spoon, Project Coordinator
  • John Keeler
  • Sabina Dietrick
  • Shanti Gamper-Rabindran
  • Michaël Aklin
  • Waverly Duck
  • Katrina Kelly
  • Götz Vesser

With thanks to supporting units:  Urban Studies Program, University Center for Social and Urban Research, Shale Gas Governance Group, GSPIA, Center for Energy, UCIS/University of Pittsburgh  


Newcastle University

  • Anthony R. Zito
  • Richard Davies
  • Derek Bell
  • Simin Davoudi
  • Roger Burrows
  • Geoff Vigar

Supporting groups and units: GURU, ReFINE Consortium


With thanks to Altervilles Master Degree and the University of Lyon for its ongoing support to the Altervilles training programme.

Université Jean Monnet Saint Etienne

  • Aisling Healy
  • Christelle Morel Journel
  • Nathalie Merley
  • Pascal Bonnard
  • Giovanni Sechi

Institut des Etudes Politiques de Lyon (Sciences Po Lyon)

  • Renaud Payre
  • Alistair Cole
  • Harold Mazoyer


With thanks to our funders: