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Jean-Yves Courtonne


Research field: Sustainable development implies that “all can live well within the means of one planet” (definition by Global Footprint Network). Managing the ecological transition therefore requires accounting tools dedicated on the one hand to our social and economic development (live well), and on the other hand to our environmental footprint (within the means of one planet). My research focuses on advancing knowledge on this second concern, mainly at sub-national scales.

Keywords: Environmental assessment, Ecological accounting, Material Flow Analysis, Sustainable supply chains, Multicriteria analysis.


Current position: Postdoctoral researcher in Inria’s STEEP team (2017-2019). I am coordinating the AF Filières project – Flow analyses of biomass supply chains for regional bioeconomy policies. The goals of the project are the following:

  • Improve knowledge on the material flows of the forest-wood and agri-food supply chains in France at national and regional levels,
  • Provide a holistic vision of the situation by associating environmental and socio-economic indicators to material flows,
  • Provide a more precise assessments (quantitatively and qualitatively) in the case of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

This project is co-funded by ADEME and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. It involves Inria’s STEEP team, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energy Environment (AURA-EE), and the Laboratory of Forest Economics.


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Main publications in peer-reviewed journals:

  • Courtonne, J-Y., Alapetite, J., Longaretti, P-Y., Dupré, D., Prados, E. (2015). Downscaling material flow analysis: the case of the cereal supply chain in France. Ecological Economics. Available here.
  • Courtonne, J-Y., Longaretti, P-Y., Alapetite, J., Dupré, D. (2016). Environmental pressures embodied in the French cereals supply chain. Journal of Industrial Ecology. Available here.
  • Courtonne, J-Y., Longaretti, P-Y., Dupré, D. (2017). Uncertainties of domestic road freight statistics: insights for regional material flow studies. Journal of Industrial Ecology. Available here.
  • Lenglet, J., Courtonne, J.-Y., Caurla, S. (2017). Material flow analysis of the forest-wood supply chain: a consequential approach of log export policies. Journal of Cleaner Production. Available here.


Contact: jean-yves.courtonne[at]