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Samuel RUFAT

Samuel Rufat est maître de conférence à l’Université de Cergy-Pontoise et responsable du Master Géomatique appliquée aux études urbaines et aux risques.

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Associate Professor of Geography, University of Cergy-Pontoise, Paris, France (2010-present).


PhD, Geography, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France, 2008.
M.Sc. Geography, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France, 2004.
Agrégation de géographie, 2003
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France, Fellowship 2000–2003.

Scientific responsibilities

Director of the Master of Geographic Information Systems, Applied GIS, Urban Planning & Disaster Studies (in French)
Member of Cybergeo, European Journal of Geography Editorial board (2010-present).
Member of L’Espace géographique Editorial board (2013-present).

Research Interests

1. Vulnerability, resilience, social vulnerability, urban resilience, indicators, spatial modeling.
2. Post-socialist metropolises, transition, segregation, social justice, environmental justice.
3. Video games, computer games, game studies, media studies, social and cultural geography.

I have been working on urban vulnerability since 2002, and since 2010 I have been co-hosting a workshop on Urban Resilience at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. My work on social vulnerability was first focused on Lyon, France and Mexico City, then I diversified my research by articulating it with the dynamics of post-socialist metropolises, notably Bucharest, Romania, then by mobilising resilience in order to think the adaptation of metropolises and regions confronted to crises and disasters.
In addition, I contributed to the structuring of a new field by analysing the practices and spatial representation of video games players. I have gained experience in managing multidisciplinary projects by creating the junior lab on Video Games: practices, content, discourse at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (2008-2012), then by directing one axis of the ANR Ludespace project (2011-2014).
In the past few years we organised with the colleagues from the Royal Holloway University of London a one week joint workshop to promote the mobility of our students: it was awarded the Royal Holloway University Teaching Team Prize.

Main publications in English

List of publications on

Anonymous, Rufat S. 2015. Open Data, Political Crisis and Guerrilla Cartography. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, Vol 14, No 1, p.260-282

Reghezza M., Rufat S. (eds) 2015. Resilience Imperative. Uncertainty, Risks and Disasters, Elsevier, ISTE Editions, 262 p.

Rufat S., 2015. Towards a Social and Spatial Risk Perception Framework, Cybergeo: European Journal of Geography, 725.

Marcinczak S., Gentile M., Rufat S., Chelcea L., 2014, Urban geographies of hesitant transition: tracing socio-economic segregation in post-Ceauşescu Bucharest, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, IJURR Volume 38, Issue 4, p.1399–1417

Rufat S., 2013, Spectroscopy of Urban Vulnerability, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Volume 103, Issue 3, p.505-525

Rufat S., Ter Minassian H., 2012, Video games and urban simulation: new tools or new tricks?, Cybergeo, European Journal of Geography, 622.

Reghezza M., Rufat S., Djament G., Le Blanc A., Lhomme S., 2012, What Resilience Is Not: Uses and Abuses, Cybergeo, European Journal of Geography, 621.

Youngest author to be republished in the anthology Deux siècles de géographie française, Paris: CHTS, 2011.

Twitter: @SamuelRufat

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Updated on : 26 July 2015


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