Call for Papers: Smart And Sustainable Cities Conference: Economics, Finance & Management of Sustainability

May 20-21 2021 at Lille Catholique University, France.

Please submit your proposal here

On behalf of the SSC-2020 scientific and organizing committees, you are cordially invited to attend the third conference on Smart & Sustainable Cities. The conference will take place in Lille, France, May 20-21, 2021.

This conference will focus on the challenging energy transition issues and the role of Smart Cities in shaping socioeconomic and environmental aspects at global scale. More precisely, it aims at providing an international overview of the many faces of Smart-Cities, including smart mobility, social innovation, sustainable resilient buildings, energy and water management, energy efficiency, clean energies deployment, and smart grids and storage. This conference will be the place to debate and exchange ideas between experts and professionals engaged in academia, by the government, in national and international organizations.

The specific objective of this conference is to obtain a clearer understanding of the role played by Smart-Cities, ICT Technologies and Platforms for Smart Cities, smart mobility, energy efficiency, and green energy in addressing key energy and environmental challenges facing humanity.


Professor Matthieu Glachant
Professor of economics, MINES Paristech, PSL Research University

Matthieu Glachant is head of CERNA – Centre for industrial economics and a professor of economics at MINES ParisTech – PSL. His research is in the fields of environmental economics and energy economics. Specific areas of expertise include the economics of green innovation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste policies, and adaptation to climate change. He also works with governments, businesses and NGOs on topics of shared interest. He is a Visiting Professor at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics since 2012 and an associate editor of the journal Resource and Energy Economics.


Professor Stef Proost
Stef Proost is full professor at the KULeuven, and visiting professor at the Center for Transport Studies (KTH Stockholm).

Stef Proost is emeritus full professor of economics at the KULeuven, and has been visiting professor in France, Sweden, Switserland and in the USA. At the KULeuven he teaches transport and environmental economics at the Faculty of Economics and Business and at the Engineering Faculty. He is co-founder of the Energy Institute of the KULeuven and co-founder of the spin-off Transport Mobility Leuven (TML)). His interests are in public policy questions in transport & environment (electric vehicles, sustainable fuels), in urban economics (congestion, parking, non-price instruments) and in regional economics (fiscal federalism).

Professor Isam Shahrour
Distinguished Professor at Lille University
Director of the Civil and geo-Environmental Engineering Research Laboratory (LGCgE)
Former Vice President of the University Lille 1 for “Research” (2007-2012).

Distinguished professor at Lille University with about 35 years of intensive academic activity with strong involvement in the university management as well as in both socio-economic and international partnership. His research activity concerned successively: geotechnical and environmental engineering, sustainability and since 2011 Smart Cities and urban infrastructures.


SSC-2020 warmly welcomes research contributions from various fields, including economics, environmental & social sciences, management, urban & regional planning, computer science, engineering and energy related studies, as well as from the professional community.  You are invited to submit both theoretical and empirical papers in all areas of Smart-Cities, Sustainable resilient buildings, Energy efficiency, Environmental and energy economics for presentation at the SSC-2020 Conference.

Contributions to SSC-2020 are expected to cover a wide range of topics related to Smart and Sustainable Cities, namely:

  • Economic, social and environmental value of Smart-Cities.
  • Drivers and barriers for Smart-Cities development
  • Behavioral changes: challenges, strategies, and lessons learned.
  • ICT diffusion & Social changes
  • Social sustainability & Smart mobility
  • Energy, urban innovation & Smart-Cities.
  • Smart Cities & entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Resilience and sustainability
  • Housing and energy policies.
  • Social inclusion & sustainability
  • Challenges, investment opportunities and technological innovations in the energy sector.
  • Regional energy supply and security.
  • Economic and social impact of renewable energy sources.
  • Policy responses: Sustainable value chain creation and enhancement.
  • Health & welfare benefit of replacing traditional fuels.
  • Sustainable energy efficiency financing and delivery mechanisms.
  • Building energy efficiency: Challenges and solutions
  • Investment and individual preference for energy efficiency purchase decisions.
  • Economic Inequality and Household Energy Consumption
  • Exposure and risk to fuel poverty: New dimension of inequality
  • Mitigation and adaptation policy measures for global and regional environmental challenges.
  • Internet of Things and business opportunities in the cities
  • Artificial Intelligence and Security Issues
  • Smart Cities and inequalities
  • New Business Models of Mobility
  • Climate Change resilience
  • Smart systems for Climate change adaptation
  • Social Innovation at the Service of the Smart Cities


Conference co-chairs

 Dr. Fateh BELAID & Dr. Véronique FLAMBARD

Steering committee

Laetitia Devigne, Nicolas Gouvy, Julie Jacques, Camille Massié, Loïc Aubrée.


  • Adel Ben Youssef, University Côte d’Azur (GREDEG-CNRS), France.
  • Andrew Ojede, Texas State University, USA.
  • Anis Omri, Qassim University, KSA.
  • Benoit-Sévi, Nantes University, France
  • But Dedaj, University of Pristinha, Kosovo
  • Christophe Rault, University of Orleans, France.
  • Daniel De Wolf, Littoral Côte d’Opale University, France.
  • Elias Boukrami, Regent’s University, UK.
  • Elisabetta Magnaghi, FGES, Lille Catholic University.
  • Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira, Michigan Technological University, USA.
  • Etienne Farvaque, Lille University, France.
  • Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, Associate Professor, Tokai University, Japan.
  • George Filis, Bournemouth University, UK.
  • Isam Shahrour, Lille University, France.
  • Jean-Pierre Lévy, CNRS Research Director, LATTS, France.
  • Jean-Thomas Bernard, Ottawa University, Canada.
  • Jeffry B. Nugent, University of Southern California
  • Julien Chavallier, Paris 8 University, France.
  • Khalid Kisswani, Gulf University for Science & University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
  • Laurent Bertrandias, Toulouse Business School, France
  • Leila Dagher, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Marcus Marktaner, Kennesaw State University, USA
  • Moez Kilani, Lille Economie Management, France
  • Mohamed Arouri, University Côte d’Azur, France.
  • Mouez Fodha, Paris School of Economics, France.
  • Nathalie Hilmi, Scientific Center of Monaco, Monte Carlo.
  • Nathalie Lazaric, University Côte d’Azur (GREDEG-CNRS), France.
  • Nicolas Vaillant, Lille Catholic University, France.
  • Patrice Geoffron, University of Paris-Dauphine, France.
  • Patrick Plane, University of Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • Paul Makdissi, Ottawa University.
  • Sabri Boubaker, EM Normandie Business School, France.
  • Shawkat Hammoudeh, Drexel University Philadelphia, PA, United States.
  • Tapan Sarkar, Griffith University, Australia.
  • Thomas Baudin, IESEG Business School, France.
  • Yang-Ming Chang, Kansas State University, USA.


  • Full paper or long abstract submission due date: January 31, 2021.
  • Acceptance notification date: March 15, 2021.
  • Conference Date : May 20-21, 2021

Please submit your proposal here


Sessions in all areas of energy transitions, smart-cities, smart-mobility, energy and environmental economics are welcome.

Sessions organizers have to take charge of all the details including the quality of the papers presented.

Please notify us of your intent to organize a session as soon as possible so that we are able to plan for the necessary space! Email:


The best papers will be considered for publication in:

Special Issue of Modelling in Management under the Guest Editorship of Fateh BELAID (Lille Catholic University) and Julien Chevallier (University of Paris 8) (

Special Issue of Smart Cities under the Guest Editorship of Isam SHAHROUR (Lille University), Fateh BELAID (Lille Catholic University), and Véronique FLAMBARD (Lille Catholic University.



The registration fees include conference materials, coffee breaks, lunch buffets, and the gala dinner.

Early Bird Fee

– Academic Presenters: 100€
– PhD Students: 70€
– Participant: 100€

Full Fee

– Academic Presenter: 130€
– PhD Student: 100€
– Participant: 130€


For additional information regarding Smart & Sustainable Cities Conference 2020, please contact:

Fateh BELAID or Veronique FLAMBARD:




Lille Catholique University, 60 Boulevard Vauban, 59000, Lille

Travel and Accommodation
Taxis or Airport Shuttle is available at Lille Lesquin Airport

List of Recommended Hotels

Close to the University, (request the University tariff)

  • Resid Hotel
  • Adagio Hotel

Close to the train station

  • Bruegghel Hotel
  • Hôtel de la Paix