Océane Peiffer-Smadja works for IDDRI within the Urban Fabric research program. She studies the ways to assess the impacts of urban development, in particular on the prices of land and buildings. She also analyses urban value capture policies.

Before taking an Engineer's Degree in Agronomy and Environmental Sciences, and a Master's Degree in environmental and energy economics, Océane studied economics at the university of Cordoba in Spain (Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenerios Agronomicos y de Montes). She participated in India, within the framework of a collaboration between the French National Institute of Research in Agronomy (INRA) and an Indian NGO (Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation), in a statistical study of food production. She also studied the environmental impacts of urbanisation in Brooklyn, New York (United States) at the Jamaica Bay Institute.