Nabila Arfaoui

Associate Professor at UCLy

8. Sustainable Business and Organisations

Campus Lyon - Saint Paul
10 Place des archives 69002 Lyon


  • Member of Sustainable Business and Organizations research group, UR CONFLUENCE : Sciences et Humanité (EA 1598) Lyon Catholic University
  • Teacher-researcher, ESDES Lyon Business School Lyon Catholic University

Further information

  • CNU section: 05. Economic science

Research areas

Economics and management of innovation Ecological economics Circular economy Environmental regulation (REACH)

Teaching areas

Industrial organisation and economics dynamics Economics and management of innovation Circular economy Microeconomy Macroeconomy


Nabila Arfaoui is an associate professor and researcher in economics at ESDES Lyon Business School of the Catholic University of Lyon. She holds her PhD in economics at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis where she worked in the impact of the European REACH regulation in the development of environmental innovations. Her research areas focus on innovation economics, ecological economics and circular economy. She has published several articles in  international journals (Ecological Economics, Industrial and CorporateChange, Applied Economics…). She has also coordinated and produced reports within European projects (H2020 NAIAD, wwwforeurope…). She is a member, among others, of the European Society for Ecological Economics, Governance and Complex Word, International Schumpeter Society
  • Articles
    • Articles in peer-reviewed journals
      • ARFAOUI, Nabila, GNONLONFIN, Amandine , PITON, Guillaume, DOUAI, Ali (2023). «Efficience économique et financement des Solutions Fondées sur la Nature : le cas du bassin versant de la Brague». Nature Sciences Sociétés, 30, 3/4, 238-253.  [+]
      • ARFAOUI, Nabila , LE BAS, Christian , VERNIER, Marie-France, VO, Linh Chi (2023). «Innovation Strategies and Implementation of Various Circular Economy Practices: Findings from an Empirical Study in France». Journal of Innovation Economics & Management, 42, 149-183.  [+]
      • VERNIER, Marie-France, ARFAOUI, Nabila, CHALLITA, Sandra, LANOIE, Paul, PLOUFFE, Sylvain (2022). «Factors Influencing Profitability in Eco-design: Lessons from European and Canadian Firms». Journal of Innovation Economics & Management, 39, 3, 141-172.  [+]
      • ARFAOUI, Nabila, LE BAS, Christian, VERNIER, Marie-France, VO, Linh Chi (2022). «How do governance arrangements matter in the circular economy? Lessons from five methanation projects based on the social-ecological system framework». Ecological Economics, 197, 107414.  [+]
      • ARFAOUI, Nabila, GNONLONFIN, Amandine (2022). «The economic value NBS for flood risk mitigation and their benefits in a river basin context: A metaregression-analysis». Revue d'Economie Politique, 132, 649-686.  [+]
      • SAINT-JEAN, Maïder, ARFAOUI, Nabila, BROUILLAT, Eric, VIRAPIN, David (2021). «Patterns of Technology Knowledge in the Case of Ocean Energy Technologies». Journal of Innovation Economics & Management, 34, 1, 101-133.  [+]
      • ARFAOUI, Nabila, GNONLONFIN, Amandine (2020). «Supporting NBS restoration measures: A test of VBN theory in the Brague catchment». Economics Bulletin, 40, 2, 1272-1280.
      • BROUILLAT, Eric, SAINT JEAN, Maïder, ARFAOUI, Nabila (2018). «“Reach for the sky”: modeling the impact of policy stringency on industrial dynamics in the case of the REACH regulation». Industrial and Corporate Change (ICC), 27, 2, 289-320.  [+]
      • ARFAOUI, Nabila (2018). «Eco-innovation and regulatory push/pull effect in the case of REACH regulation: empirical evidence based on survey data». Applied Economics, 50, 14, 1536-1554.  [+]
      • ARFAOUI, Nabila, BROUILLAT, Eric, SAINT JEAN, Maïder (2014). «Policy design and technological substitution: Investigating the REACH regulation in an agent-based model». Ecological Economics, 107, 347-365.  [+]
  • Communications (conferences, seminars, study days)
    • VERNIER, Marie-France, ARFAOUI, Nabila, LE BAS, Christian, VO, Linh Chi (2022). «Types Of Innovation Strategy And Implementation Of Various CE Practices: Findings From An Empirical Exploration». 7th International Conference on New Business Models, LUMSA University, June 2022, Rome, Italy.
    • ARFAOUI, Nabila, LE BAS, Christian, VERNIER, Marie France, VO, Linh Chi (2020). «Circular bio-economy, institutional and social dimensions: The case of five experiences of methanization in France». Colloque PSDR Transitions pour le Développement des Territoires - Symposium PSDR4, INRAE, October 2020, Angers, France.
    • VO, Linh Chi, LE BAS, Christian, VERNIER, Marie France, ARFAOUI, Nabila (2020). «Circular bio-economy, institutional and social dimensions: The case of five experiences of methanization in France». Spring of Innovation 2020: International Conference Innovation and Circular Economy, RNI (Research network on innovation), March 2020, Saint Jacques de Compostelle, Spain.
    • ARFAOUI, Nabila, VERNIER, Marie France, CHALLITA, Sandra, LANOIE, Paul, PLOUFFE, Sylvain (2019). «Drivers of financial profitability of ecodesign : a comparative analysis between Europe and Canada». 14ème congrès du RIODD, Excelia Business School, Laboratoire de recherche CEREGE (EA 1722), Laboratoire de recherche LIENSS (UMR 7266), EIGSI (école d'ingénieurs), September 2019, La Rochelle, France.
    • ARFAOUI, Nabila, GNONLONFIN, Amandine (2019). «The economic value of NBS restoration measures and their benefits in a river basin context: A meta-analysis regression». 13th conference society of ecological economics, Turku University of Applied Sciences, June 2019, Turku, Finland.
  • Popularization & dissemination of research
    • ARFAOUI, Nabila, VO, Linh Chi, BEN JABEUR, Sami (2024). «Économie circulaire : la perception des Français dépend notamment de l'impulsion politique». The Conversation.
    • LE BAS, Christian, BOURDIN, Sébastien, ARFAOUI, Nabila, VERNIER, Marie-France, VO, Linh Chi (2020). «Les entreprises innovantes, plus engagées dans l’économie circulaire». The Conversation.
  • Scientific collaborations
    • Participation in subsidized research contracts / projects
      • Member : 2023 - 2027, HOUSEWOLD WASTE, ANR-22-PERE-0010, led by INSA Toulouse, in partnership with Université Côte d'Azur, Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon (ENS Lyon), Université Jean-Monnet Saint-Étienne, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines d’Albi and Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA)
      • Member : 2021 - 2023, PrIORRA - Innovative Practices of Responsible Organizations in Rhône-Alpes, FEDER - 17856, led by Lyon Catholic University, in partnership with Les Ateliers de l'Entrepreneuriat Humaniste - AEH and CIEDEL
      • Member : 2021 - 2024, ECIE Project - Circular economy, microeconomic determinants and national specificities: a European study, ECIE, led by Lyon Catholic University
      • Member : 2016 - 2020, NAIAD - NAture Insurance value: Assessment and Demonstration, H2020_NAIAD_730497, led by Confederación Hidrográfica del Duero (CHD)Confederación Hidrográfica del Duero (CHD)
      • Member : 2014 - 2015, WWWFOREUROPE - Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe, FP7_WWWFOREUROPE_290647, led by Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)
  • Academic background
    • 2014 PhD in Economy, Réglementation environnementale et dynamique de l'innovation: Analyse des effets du règlement REACH, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
  • Educational responsibilities and professional experiences
    • Since 2017 Teacher-researcher, ESDES Lyon Business School, Lyon Catholic University, France
  • Teachings
    • 2020 - 2022 Economie circulaire,réseaux d'acteurs et enquête de terrain, ESDES, France
    • 2019 - 2021 Enjeux sociaux et environnementaux, ESDES, France
    • 2017 - 2023 Principles of Economics, ESDES, France
    • 2017 - 2021 Industrial organization and economics dynamics, ESDES, France
    • 2017 - 2018 Histoire économique, ESDES, France
    • 2017 - 2018 , ESDES, France
  • Languages
    • English - Able to teach