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Yveline LECLER

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Yveline Lecler is Professor at the University of Lyon, Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-po). Doctor in Social Sciences, EHESS Paris (1980) she was trained in Japanese language at Waseda University (Tokyo) and graduated from INALCO, Paris (1975). She has been Senior Research Fellow in political economics at the French research Institute Abroad (UMIFRE 19, MAEE, CNRS), Maison Franco-Japonaise of Tokyo from 2008 to 2010, and invited professor or researcher at several Japanese Universities (Chuo University, the University of Tokyo, the National Graduate School of Innovation and Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University. She is member of the GERPISA international network and of the European Network EastAsiaNet. Focusing on Japan and to some extent Thailand, she studied SMEs and subcontracting as well as industrial and innovation policies (clusters, technology transfer, incubation). Her recent researches deal with environment and energy policies including urban issues such as new mobility. She is the author or editor of several books among which The Dynamics of Regional Innovation: Policy Challenges in Europe and Japan (with T. Yoshimoto and T. Fujimoto), 2011; and of numerous papers in academic international journals among which recently: Promoting Next Generation Vehicles in Japan: the Smart Communities and their experimentations (with B. Faivre d’Arcier), in International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, n°3/4, 2014.

Position and institution

Professer University of Lyon, Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po)

Political economics
Area of research specialisation

Political economics of Japan, public policies (industrial, innovation, environment/energy/urban).
Research projects

From Eco-districts to smart cities: Which role for electro-mobility? A comparison between France and Japan

This project, based on the findings of a previous one, has started in September 2013. It aims at studying more precisely the mobility issue integrated in the experimentation of smart energy management, the so called “Smart Communities” as defined by the Japanese government. A first level of analysis concerns the role given to the mobility issue and the incentives to promote a more sustainable one (location and availability of a collective transport service, car-sharing or self-service car, etc.). A second level concerns the promotion of electric car and the availability of necessary equipment (charging stations). The importance of electrical energy in smart communities’ projects naturally leads to the question of the role for electric car. Beside the idea of a clean vehicle, it appears in many cases that the electric vehicle would also be an easy means to make profitable the generation of renewable energy (solar, wind) or to generates a battery storage capacity that would complement batteries provided for renewable electricity sources (V2H or Vehicle to Home). A third level concerns the acceptance by population living in these experimental areas and the means used to promote behavior changes as well as the public/private coordination of actors involved between industrial strategic stakes and cities sustainability challenges.

Based on 5 case studies (Lyon Confluence in France and the 4 labelled smart communities in Japan) and on policies implemented (services and infrastructures created), the research goal is to analyze the different aspect of alternative mobility and its role in terms of renewable energies’ management, but also to identify the breaks or success factors related to population behavior and life style. The comparison between France and Japan should be the occasion to point out each country’s peculiarities.
Curriculum Vitae


Foreign languages

English, Japanese, German, Spanish