Nabila Arfaoui

Associate Professor

Campus Lyon - Saint Paul
10 Place des archives 69002 Lyon


  • Member of Institute of Sustainable Business and Organizations Lyon Catholic University

Further information

  • Field (CNU): 05. Economic science

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Nabila Arfaoui is an assistant 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 and ecological economics. 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
      • Saint-Jean, Maïder, Arfaoui, Nabila, Brouillat, Eric, Virapin, David. Patterns of Technology Knowledge in the Case of Ocean Energy Technologies. Journal of Innovation Economics & Management, Dunkerque, France, 2021, no. 1, vol. 34, pp. 101-133. 10.3917/jie.034.0101  [+]
      • Arfaoui, Nabila, Gnonlonfin, Amandine. Supporting NBS restoration measures: A test of VBN theory in the Brague catchment. Economics Bulletin, France, 2020, no. 2, vol. 40, pp. 1272-1280.
      • Brouillat, Eric, Saint Jean, Maïder, Arfaoui, Nabila. “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), Great Britain, 2018, no. 2, vol. 27, pp. 289-320. 10.1093/icc/dtx029  [+]
      • Arfaoui, Nabila. Eco-innovation and regulatory push/pull effect in the case of REACH regulation: empirical evidence based on survey data. Applied Economics, Great Britain, 2018, no. 14, vol. 50, pp. 1536-1554. 10.1080/00036846.2017.1368989  [+]
      • Arfaoui, Nabila, Brouillat, Eric, Saint Jean, Maïder. Policy design and technological substitution: Investigating the REACH regulation in an agent-based model. Ecological Economics, Netherlands (The), 2014, vol. 107, pp. 347-365. 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.08.013  [+]
  • Communications (conferences, seminars, study days)
    • Vernier, Marie France, Arfaoui, Nabila, Le Bas, Christian, Vo, Linh Chi. Circular bio-economy, institutional and social dimensions: The case of five experiences of methanization in France. In : Colloque PSDR Transitions pour le Développement des Territoires - Symposium PSDR4, 28 au 30 mars, Angers, France, 2020.
    • Vo, Linh Chi, Le Bas, Christian, Vernier, Marie France, Arfaoui, Nabila. Circular bio-economy, institutional and social dimensions: The case of five experiences of methanization in France. In : Spring of Innovation 2020: International Conference Innovation and Circular Economy, 25, 26 et 27 mars, University of Santiago de Compostella, Saint Jacques de Compostelle, Spain, 2020.
    • Arfaoui, Nabila, Vernier, Marie France, Challita, Sandra, Lanoie, Paul, Plouffe, Sylvain. Drivers of financial profitability of ecodesign : a comparative analysis between Europe and Canada. In : 14ème congrès du RIODD, 25, 26 et 27 septembre, Excelia Business School, Laboratoire de recherche CEREGE (EA 1722), Laboratoire de recherche LIENSS (UMR 7266), EIGSI (école d'ingénieurs), La Rochelle, France, 2019.
    • Arfaoui, Nabila, Gnonlonfin, Amandine. The economic value of NBS restoration measures and their benefits in a river basin context: A meta-analysis regression. In : 13th conference society of ecological economics, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland, 2019.
  • Popularization & dissemination of research
    • Le Bas, Christian, Bourdin, Sébastien, Arfaoui, Nabila, Vernier, Marie-France, Vo, Linh Chi. Les entreprises innovantes, plus engagées dans l’économie circulaire. In : 26 novembre, The Conversation, France, 2020.
  • Scientific collaborations
    • Participation in subsidized research contracts / projects
      • Member : 2021 - 2023, PrIORRA - Innovative Practices of Responsible Organizations in Rhône-Alpes, FEDER - 17856, led by Les Ateliers de l'Entrepreneuriat Humaniste - AEH and Lyon Catholic University
      • Project coordinator : 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)
    • Participation in other research projects
      • 2021 - 2024, Member : Jean Mane Project - Circular economy, microeconomic determinants and national specificities: a European study, MANE, led by Lyon Catholic University and ESDES
      • Since 2020, Member : ??? - Chaire Jean Mane,, xx
  • Academic background
    • 2014 PhD in Economy, Réglementation environnementale et dynamique de l'innovation: Analyse des effets du règlement REACH, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
  • Teachings
    • 2020 - 2021 Economie circulaire,réseaux d'acteurs et enquête de terrain, ESDES, France
    • 2019 - 2021 Enjeux sociaux et environnementaux, ESDES, France
    • 2017 - 2021 Industrial organization and economics dynamics, ESDES, France
    • 2017 - 2021 Principles of Economics, ESDES, France
    • 2017 - 2018 Histoire économique, ESDES, France
    • 2017 - 2018 , ESDES, France
  • Languages
    • English - Able to teach