Faculty & Research -Climate, digital and health transitions at the heart of research in the Centre for Unframed Thinking (CUT)

Climate, digital and health transitions at the heart of research in the Centre for Unframed Thinking (CUT)

The Centre for Unframed Thinking (CUT) is the first Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) in the world to be based in a business school. Its aim is to contribute to the analysis of issues raised by current crises at a global level.

Through the combination of the expertise of various professors and researchers, the Centre for Unframed Thinking hopes to enable the emergence of responses to climate, digital and health transitions. This is precisely the subject of an article published on 24 June in the French daily newspaper Ouest-France.

CUT: a hub of global expertise united around research projects

Inaugurated in March 2022, the Centre for Unframed Thinking (CUT) at Rennes School of Business aims to foster interdisciplinary research at the highest international level, by mobilising knowledge and academic excellence, researchers and professionals from the private and public sectors.

CUT’s research focuses on climate change, pandemics and technological transitions that have had a major impact on social organisation, individual development and the environment. These transformations do not only lead to adjustments and adaptations; they force us to rethink traditional frameworks and ways of thinking.

Innovation processes at work in the climate, digital and health sectors

The CUT is innovative in several ways, not least because it places ecology, environmental and energy sciences and technology studies at the heart of its scientific programme. Its centres of excellence were highlighted this year at two emblematic conferences.

Digitalisation and monetary sovereignty: deciphering digital and monetary issues

The first conference, organised at the Rennes School of Business campus in Paris, focused on crypto-currencies and their impact on the monetary sovereignty of States. The speakers were Alan Kirman, economist and professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Jean-Pierre Landau, former vice-governor of the Banque de France and Mineggang Zhang, deputy CEO of Huawei France.

A model for sustainable agriculture?

The second CUT conference focused on agricultural models and their resilience, with the intervention of the French agro-ecology specialist, Alberte Bondeau, and the Brazilian biologist, Claudia Codeço. The Italian academician Franco Miglietta gave an update on agro-voltaics.

These two events, hosted by the CUT and its partners, will have highlighted the expertise and added value of the new Institute for Advanced Studies, to finally provide innovative and concrete answers to ecological, energy and digital transitions.

-> Read the article from Ouest-France

-> Find these and other Rennes SB events in the school’s agenda.

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