After completing his bachelor's degree in geography at Université Laval in 2015, Philippe Genois-Lefrançois enrolled in 2016 in the master's degree in urban planning at the Université de Montréal. He took part in the summer of 2017 in the Master’s Students Program of the Canadian Centre for Architecture where he will work on the role of public participation in the urban planning of post-independent African states. From that time, he will also be involved with the board of directors of the Urban Interuniversity Committee (CIU-IUC), whose mission is to promote emerging ideas and knowledge transfer in the urban field. His master's essay was part of the research group « L’école et son quartier, à la recherche des meilleures pratiques pour la réussite des communautés », led by PhD Juan Torres, which aims to identify principles of planning to harmonize urban development and school infrastructure planning in the Province of Quebec. Philippe has been working since May 2017 as a research assistant at the Institute for the environment, sustainable development and the circular economy (IEDDEC). Philippe's PhD project, under the direction of PhD Franck Scherrer of the School of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture of the Université de Montréal, focuses on the relationship between urban infrastructures and the territorial deployment of circular economy strategies. This thesis project combines the study of urban metabolism and that of socio-technical organization of urban services to assess the potential of circularity of urban infrastructures.
Philippe is providing research support for an EEPRN project entitled: "Circular Economy: An Interdisciplinary Literature Review ". This work will be completed under the supervision of Emmanuel Raufflet.