• Promoting Euro-Mediterranean relations and in particular economic research on the countries situated around the Mediterranean.
• Connecting researchers from the South of the Mediterranean with French and European researchers.
• Establishing relations between French CNRS institutes located abroad, research centres in Southern Mediterranean countries and research centres in France.
• Supported by French research structures of both shores of the Mediterranean in order to help young researchers integrate into the common research area, the specific feature of this GDRI consists in reinforcing the French-Mediterranean integration into the field of social sciences in general and of economics in particular, resting on the promotion of French-speaking communities in the South of the Mediterranean. On this basis, the GDRI also aims to associate English-speaking Mediterranean partners.
• Organizing seminars and conferences.
• Using existing numerical resources to favour research work and collaborations (Internet, North-South video conferences…).
• Creating an on-line publishing space in close collaboration with the journal Région et Développement :
– diffusing original theoretical or empirical contributions that enable to gain deeper insight into the evolution of Mediterranean economies ;
– constituting a training tool for economic research and promoting the works of young researchers.
• Favouring the integration of French and European research structures by means of scientific partnerships with other Research Groups (Economy of development and transition, Money and finance…).
DREEM’s GDRI HISTORICAL REVIEW
Most of the member teams of the GDRI DREEM have collaborated within the framework of the activities of the CNRS EMMA Research Group (Économie Méditerranée Monde Arabe / Economy Mediterranean Arabic World), which existed during the period 1999-2006. The GDR EMMA was created on 1 January 1999, under the directorship of Bertrand Bellon (University Paris XI), followed by Henri Regnault (University of Pau et des Pays de l’Adour), based on an informal network set up in 1996 by Michel Chatelus, Pascal Petit and Michel Vernières.