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Sylvestre DUROUDIER holds the agrégation of Geography (highest teaching diploma in France) and he is a PhD at the University Paris 7 Denis Diderot, U.M.R Geographie-Cités (CNRS 8504), Graduate School of Geography of Paris. He is currently preparing a doctoral thesis in Urban Geography under the supervision of Pr. Claude GRASLAND and Ass. Pr. Renaud LE GOIX. His research aims at assessing the spatial discontinuities in mid-sized cities in the USA, as part of the debate on the relationships between the size of cities and both the size and the shape of the social division of space. The notion of discontinuity is particularly thorough in a multidimensional perspective (social, spatial, temporal). These elements are part of a more general perspective on urban areas in the USA, often overlooked in the dominant research investigating the upscaling of urban systems. The methodological aspect focuses on the articulation of qualitative and quantitative methods to local scale (block groups) diachronic and multiscalar points of view, issues involving the reconstruction of spatial units and the interpolation of datas, in order to bring out possible models of cities.


Since 2012, PhD, University Paris 7 Denis Diderot, directors : Claude Grasland et Renaud Le Goix.
Subject : Spatial discontinuities and social division of space in intermediate cities of the United States of America

2012, Agrégation of Geography (highest teaching diploma in France).

2012, Master’s degree in Geography, University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. First class honours.
Subject : Spatial siqcontinuities and social division of space in mid-sized cities of the United State of America

2009, Master’s degree (first year) in Geography, University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. First class honours.
Subject : Local contexts of poverty in metropolis. Comparative study of Los Angeles, Mexico and Paris

2008, Bachelor degree in Geography, University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Upper second class honours.


2012-2015, Research and teaching Assistant, Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot, in Bachelor of Geography : spatial analysis and economic geography.

Summer 2010, Research Assistant, in Los Angeles (one month) in ANR-funded research program, directed by Renaud Le Goix, University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, UMR Géographie-Cités 8504.

2009-2012, Tutoring in Geography (bachelor), University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.


2014, Grant for a doctoral mobility, Alliance Program, University of Columbia.

2012-2015, Doctoral contract, Ecole doctorale de Géographie de Paris (ED 434), Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7, U.M.R Géographie-Cités 8504.


Duroudier D., 2014, "Measure the trajectories of social discontinuities: the case of Tampa, FL", Session Understanding Neighborhood Change, AAG Annual Meeting, Tampa, 8-12 avril 2014. Abstract

Duroudier D., 2013, "Intermediate cities in the US: discussing the thresholds of a category", Session Complex Urban systems soutenue par la Commission urbaine de l’IGU, AAG Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, 9-13 avril 2013. Abstract

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