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Julien MIGOZZI (Msc ENS de Lyon) is a PhD candidate and a member of Research Units Pacte (CNRS 5194) and Geographie-Cités (CNRS 8504).
He is currently finishing his doctoral thesis in Urban & Economic Geography under the supervision of Pr. Myriam HOUSSAY-HOLZSCHUCH (University Grenoble Alpes) and Pr. Renaud LE GOIX (University Paris Diderot)/
His research investigates urban transformation, social stratification and the making of middle classes in the Global South through the lens of real estate market dynamics in Cape Town, South Africa.


2017 : Research & Teaching Assistant, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), Department of Geography.

2015-2017 : Visiting PhD Candidate, African Centre for Cities, Department of Environmental & Geographical Science, University of Cape Town (UCT).

2014-2017: Research & Teaching Assistant, University Grenoble Grenoble Alpes, Department of Geography.

2011 : Research Assistant at Victoria University of Wellington, Marsden Pacific Aid Research Group

  • Research program: "The Inverse Sovereignty Effect: The New Aid Agenda in Pacific Island States". Directors: John Overton et Warwick Murray. Institutions: Victoria University of Wellington et Massey University (Nouvelle-Zélande). Funding: Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
  • General Research focus: The impact of new aid modalities on the Pacific Islands’ sovereignty
  • Specific Mission: research on French Pacific Territories (New Caledonia, French Polynesia).

2011 : Intern at the Research Institute for Development (IRD), Nouméa, New Caledonia. Research Topic: social housing & urban development.


Since september 2014, PhD Candidate at the University Grenoble Alpes.

  • Supervisors: Myriam HOUSSAY-HOLZSCHUCH & Renaud LE GOIX.
  • Topic: Places, faces and values of social change in Cape Town: real estate market, neighborhood change and class structure in South Africa

2013: Agregation of Geography (Nation-wide competitive exam delivering the highest teaching diploma in France). Personal Ranking: 1st.

2012: Master in Geography, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. First class honours.

  • Supervisors: Myriam Houssay-Holzschuch (ENS de Lyon) & Warwick Murray (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Topic: Spatial Justice in Postcolonial Noumea : the Tuband urban project

2010-2011 : Postgrade Student in Development Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

2009: Master in Geography (first year), Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon. First class honours.

  • Supervisors : Myriam Houssay-Holzschuch (ENS de Lyon) & Jean-Pierre Augustin (University Bordeaux III)
  • Topic : Playing together but schooling apart ? School rugby and the reshaping of segregation patterns in Cape Town metropolitan area

2008-2014: École Normale Supérieure de Lyon


  • Undergraduate teaching:
    • Geography of globalization
    • GIS & spatial analysis
  • Postgraduate teaching:
    • Master in International Development Studies, Seminar "The Economy of Development: financialization, mainstream theories & alternative aproaches"
    • Regional & Human Geography for Master in Education (France, North America)
    • GIS, Cartography


2015 & 2016 : Research grant funded by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) & the Scientific Committee of the MInistry of Foreign Affairs.
2014-2017: Three-year Phd Scholarship granted by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research & the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
2008 - 2012 : Elève fonctionnaire stagaire at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon / 4 year Fellowship for being admitted to the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. Funding: Ministry of Higher Education & Research.


Urban and Economic geography

Real estate market, property values, financialization, housing

Middle classes, social stratification, segregation, residential dynamics, Emerging cities

South Africa, Global South

Spatial Analysis, Multivariate Statistics, Cartography

Aid and politics of Development



Migozzi J. & Shaban A., "Urban national parks and housing markets in emerging cities:places of exclusiveness, places of opportunities", in Landy F. (ed.), Whose Naturbanity? Urban National Parks in emerging cities, Springer: New Delhi. Ouvrage à paraître.

Prinsen G., Lafoy Y. & Migozzi J., 2017, "Showcasing the sovereignty of non-self-governing islands: New Caledonia", Asia Pacific Viewpoint

Migozzi, 2012, "Le quartier Tuband", in Bonvallot J., Gay J.-Ch. et Habert E. (coord.), 2012, Atlas de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, Marseille-Nouméa, IRD-Congrès de la Nouvelle-Calédonie.

Migozzi, 2012, "L’école des Springboks : le rugby scolaire au Cap entre ségrégation et déségrégation", Mappemonde, n°108, vol. 4.

Migozzi, 2010, "Le rugby en Afrique du Sud face au défi de transformation : jeu de pouvoir, outil de développement et force symbolique" », Les Cahiers d’Outre Mer, n° 250, p. 253-274.


Migozzi, 2017, "The financialization of the housing market and the remaking of the South African class structure", Seminaire REFCOM, Leuven, 20-22 Septembre.

Migozzi, 2017, "The financialization of the housing market: the making of the SOuth African middle classes", RC21, Leeds 11-13 Septembre, session "Reconstructing the the real estate-finance link: Housing financialization after the crisis"

Migozzi, 2017, "The filtering mechanisms of the property market and the remaking of the South African class structure", IFAS Research, Conférence Experimenting the city/Experiencing the city, May 18th, 2018, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Migozzi, 2016. "Property market and social change in Cape Town: mapping and conceptualising the urban middle class in South Africa", AAG, Session "Middle-class cities in the Global South", March 29 – April 2, 2016, San Francisco

Migozzi, 2015, "Keep your eyes on the price: investigating the daily dynamics of property market in Cape Town to understand patterns of social change in South Africa", French Institute Seminars in Humanities, Institut Français d’Afrique du Sud, Johannesburg, 22nd of June 2015

Migozzi, 2012, "Playing together but schooling apart: South African school rugby reshaping patterns of segregation and stigmatization in post-apartheid Cape Town". Session Place and Stigma: Coping, resistance and belonging(s) organised by Paul Kirkness. AAG Annual Meeting, New York, 24-28 février 2012.

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