André Torre is a research director in Economics at INRAE, currently affiliated with the University of Paris-Saclay and AgroParisTech. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (1985) and an accreditation to supervise research (1988). He was a researcher at the CNRS before joining the INRA research unit for animal husbandry in Corte as head of research from 1994 to 1998. He then went to Paris, where he has been working on issues of land use planning and territorial and sustainable development. He has taken a particular interest in the development of rural areas, land use and neighbourhood conflicts, proximity relations and circular economy issues such as anaerobic digestion. He has published some twenty books in French and English on these issues, as well as numerous articles.
André Torre is a member of the French Academy of Agriculture and of the Academia Europaea. Between 2008 and 2020 he directed the PSDR (For and About Regional development) programmes, which bring together research on the development of rural territories and agricultural activity in French regions. Between 2017 and 2019 he directed the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (MSH CNRS) of Paris-Saclay. Since 2018 he has been the president of the European Regional Science Association, which brings together scientists working in Europe on issues of territorial development. He was the president of its French-speaking section, the Association Française de Sciences Régionales de Langue Française, between 2008 and 2011. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Regional and Urban Economics.
"The place of Corsica in the heart of the Mediterranean, the reputation of local animal and crop production, the essential nature of the heritage and cultural dimensions: these are all assets for research at the service of the development of the Isle of Beauty, which I will implement in the continuity of INRAE's action on the territory", André Torre, new president of the INRAE Corsica Centre.
The INRAE Corsica Research Centre
The INRAE centre in Corsica, the smallest in the national system in terms of size, brings together 4 units in 2 sites: a research unit, an experimental unit and a support unit in San Giuliano, as well as a research unit in Corte (near the University of Corsica).
The Corsica Centre currently counts 59 members of staff spread over the four units, including 39 permanent INRAE staff, 4 permanent CIRAD staff and 16 contract staff.
One of the characteristics of the centre is that it is renowned at regional, national and international level. Moreover, INRAE is the first major public research organisation in Corsica. The centre plays a major role in its region where it constitutes an asset that is well-regarded and respected by both public authorities and local actors for its numerous contributions. It has a reputation for producing scientific knowledge of international utility as well as findings that address issues of importance to the region. Through its many relationships on both shores of the Mediterranean, the Corsica centre has an important and strategic role to play. Its scientific positioning is truly original with respect to the major developments underway, such as climate change, market differentiation, sustainable resource management, genetics, health issues as well as partnership and participatory research.
For all these issues, Corsica presents real advantages for INRAE. The evolution of the number of staff remains a concern, and the question of the critical size for this role to be perpetuated arises.