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Natacha Aveline-Dubach is CNRS professor and specialist of urban issues in East Asia. She spent more than ten years in Japan, where she was affiliated to the Maison Franco-Japonaise (an institution jointly run by CNRS and the French ministry of Foreign affairs) and visiting scholar in various universities (Kyoto, Waseda, Tokyo, Keio). From 2006 to 2010, she served as director of the CNRS North Asia regional office based in Tokyo. She also spent one year in Hong Kong (2011-2012), where she was affiliated to the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (jointly run by CNRS and the French ministry of Foreign Affairs) and visiting scholar at the university ofߢƵ—Ԑng. Her recent research interests are in urban transport, regional land-use, cemetery development/funeral services, and securitization of property markets in Northeast Asian cities. A member of the CNRS Scientific Council in Social Sciences and Humanities, she is also currently in charge of three research projects, respectively funded by the EU (MEDIUM project, EuropeAid program), the ANR (FINURBASIE project, ANR blanc), and an international consortium of funding agencies (ODESSA project Euro-China UPC managed by ME Joël, N. Aveline is in charge of the WP 5 ).)


2008, permanent research director at CNRS, equivalent professor.
2006, Qualification for professor position in section 24 (urban geography/city planning).
2005, Habilitation to supervise research, college 24 (urban geography), university Lyon2.
1993, PhD in urban sciences, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.
1986, Master in geography (hydrology/climatology), university Paris IV-Sorbonne.
1986, Bachelor in geography (3 years), University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg.
1982, Bachelor in history, university of social sciences, Strasbourg.

Oriental languages

1992, Bachelor in Japanese language and civilization, Institut National des Langues Orientales, Paris.
2012, National certificate HSK level 4 (intermediate superior).


Current occupation

Permanent research director at CNRS (equivalent professor) since 2008, affiliated to the Geographie-Cités.
Lecturer on Asian cities in the Master " Governing the Large Metropolis ", Sciences Po, Paris.

2011-2012, Assigned by CNRS to the Center for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) in Hong Kong, visiting scholar au Department of Real Estate and Construction of Hong Kong University.
2010-2011, Assigned by CNRS to the French Institute for Research on Contemporary Japan (Maison Franco-Japonaise) Tokyo. Visiting scholar at Tokyo University and lecturer at Keio University (second semester 2011).
2006-2010, Director of the CNRS North Asia regional office (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan), based in Tokyo.
2002-2006, CNRS researcher at the Institute for East Asian Studies, ENS, university Lyon 2.
2000-2002, Detached at the ministry of Foreign affairs, affiliated to the Institute for Research in Contemporary Japan, Tokyo. Visiting scholar at Waseda University.
1999-2000, Stay in Kyoto with a scholarship from the Europe Canon Foundation. Visiting scholar at Department of Economy, university of Kyoto.
1993-1999, CNRS researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Studies, university Toulouse 2.
1992-1993, Lecturer in geography, university Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
1986-1990, Marketing consultant in the Housing for Sale Department, Federation of Social Housing Companies (UNFO-HLM), Paris. Consulting on housing markets and financial/commercial feasibility of housing development projects allover France).


July-September 2004: Scholarship from the Japan Foundation, visiting scholar at Waseda University, Institute of Comparative Law.
September 1998-June 1999: Scholarship from the Europe Canon Foundation, visiting scholar at the Department of Economy, Kyoto University.
April 1995: Shibusawa-Claudel award for the book "La bulle foncière au Japon" (the Land Bubble in Japan).
Sept 1990- April 1992 : Scholarship Japon-Lavoisier (ministry of Foreign Affairs), visiting scholar at the Center for Urban Studies, Tokyo Metropolitan University.


Elected member of the National Scientific Committee of CNRS, disciplinary commission 39 (space, territory and society) and 50 (management of research) mandate 2012-2016.


2015-2018: PI of the MEDIUM project (EuropeAid EU-China Research and Innovation Partnership). Entitled "New parthways, for sustainable urban development in China’s medium-sized cities", this project involves the following partnership: Hangzhou Normal University, Science Po Aix, Neuchâtel and Lausanne universities, university Ca’ Foscari Venezia.
2015-2018; WP5 leader (’Innovative financial channels to provide serviced-homes and promote ageing-in-place" ) of the ODESSA project ("Optimizing care Delivery modelS to Support Ageing-in-place: towards autonomy, affordability and financial sustainability") Euro-China UPC. .Partnership: university Dauphine, Tsinghua and Central Lancashire —PI: Marie-Eve Joel, SHARE Dauphine.
2013-2016 : PI of the FINURBASIE project, « Expansion de la finance de marché et production urbain en Asie, le cas de la Chine et de l’Inde », in partnership with LATTS
2013-2016: Leader of the research project FINURBASIE, " Expansion of market finance and urban development in Asia, the case of China and India".
Member of the scientific committee of the think tank "Association for Land Studies".
2010-2011: French project leader of the France-Taiwan bilateral project "Globalization and Urban Dynamics in Asia: Taiwanese and French Perspectives", jointly founded by CNRS-NSC.
2011: Leader of the ‘Japanese team’ for the project "The challenges of urban growth and decline for regional planning, perspectives from Japan and Canada" founded by the French agency for regional planning (DATAR).
2006-2010: Project leader of the FunerAsie project (founded by ANR) " The Growth of the Funeral Industry in North-East Asia: Economic, Spatial and Religious Challenges".
Member of the editorial committee of the journal La Revue Foncière
Member of the scientific committee of the journal Ebisu
Member of the scientific committee of the journal Cybergeo


Land policy and urban development in East Asia
Changing patterns of funeral space and services in the biggest Northeast Asian cities (Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul)
Financialisation of urban development in Asia (Japan, mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore)
Territorial impact of ageing (Japan)
Urban development and railway transport (Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong).



Natacha Aveline (1995), La bulle foncière au Japon (the Land Bubble in Japan), ADEF, Paris.

Natacha Aveline(2003), La ville et le rail au Japon, l’expansion des groupes ferroviaires privés à Tôkyô et Ôsaka(Railways and City development, Expansion of Private railway Groups in Tokyo and Osaka), CNRS éditions, collection Asie orientale, Paris, 238 p. .

Natacha Aveline, Ling-Hin Li (dir, 2004), Property Markets and Land Policies in Northeast Asia .- The Case of Five Cities : Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong, Hongkong-Tokyo, Maison Franco-Japonaise / Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics.

Natacha Aveline-Dubach (2008), Immobilier - la mondialisation, l’Asie, la bulle (Globalization of the Property Markets from an asian Perspective), Paris, CNRS éditions, collection Réseau Asie, 304 p.

Natacha Aveline-Dubach (dir, 2012), The Invisible Population — The Place of the Dead in East Asian Megacities, Lexington books.

N. Aveline-Dubach, S.C. Jou, and H.H. Hsiao (dir., 2014) Globalization and new intra-urban dynamics in Asian cities, National Taiwan University Press, Taipei.

N. Aveline-Dubach (ed. forthcoming), Défis du vieillissement et de la rétraction urbaine au Japon (the challenge of ageing and urban shrinking in Japan), La Documentation Française, collection « Travaux de la DATAR ».

Chapters in edited volumes—selection

Natacha Aveline (1995), « Les retombées de la bulle foncière : le cas de Paris et Tôkyô », in Kiyoko Hagihara (dir.), Toshi no kankyô sôzoku (creation of Urban Environment), Center for Urban Studies, Tokyo Metropolitan University Press, en français et en japonais, p.31-88.

Natacha Aveline (1999), « Formes de la croissance urbaine, filières de production immobilière et prix fonciers à Tokyo »(Forms of urban growth, real estate production paths and land markets in Tokyo) , in Villes et croissance, théories, modèles et perspectives, Antoine Bailly et Jean-Marie Huriot (dir.), Anthropos, collection géographie, Paris, p. 239-258.

Natacha Aveline (2004), "Le chemin de fer, vecteur structurant du recentrage urbain à Tôkyô"(the role of major railroads in the current re-centering of Tokyo), in: Corinne Siino, Florence Laumière, Frédéric Leriche (dir.), Métropolisation et grands équipements structurants, Presses de l’Université de Toulouse, 239-248.

Natacha Aveline (2004), "La diversification des compagnies ferroviaires privées à Tôkyô, les groupes ôtemintetsu et la JR East"(The diversification of the private railway groups in Tokyo, comparison between the Otemintetsu and JR groups) , in: Pascal Griolet, Michael Lucken (dir.), Japon Pluriel, Arles, Piquier, 429-439.

Natacha Aveline (2007), « Urbanisme et civilisation urbaine », in Jean-Marie Bouissou, Le Japon Contemporain , Fayard, 317-338.

Natacha Aveline-Dubach (2010), "The Role of Industrial Estates in Thailand’s Industrialization, New Challenges for the Future", in: Intarakumnerd Patarapong, Lecler Yveline (ed.),Sustainability of Thailand’s Competitiveness Competitiveness: the Policy Challenges, ISEAS, Singapore, 174-208.

N. Aveline-Dubach (2013), in Christian Lefevre, Nathalie Roseau et Tommaso Vitale (dir.) Gouverner la métropole, ≈, Editions de l’œil d’Or, Paris, 215-232.

Articles in referee journals—selection

Natacha Aveline-Dubach (2013) Finance Capital Launches an Assault on Real Estate, China Perspectives, 2, 29-39.

Aveline N., 2000, " Marchés fonciers et immobiliers à Beyrouth "(Land and property markets in Beirut), Cahiers du Cermoc, document n°6, 35 p.

Aveline N., 2000, " Effects of Economic Globalization on Spatial Structure and Property Markets in the Paris Region ", Comprehensive Urban Studies, n°62, 243-256.

Aveline N., 1997, " Urban Land Markets and Land Policy in France", Comprehensive Urban Studies, n°62, mars 1997,139-152.

Aveline N., 1997, " La théorie de la bulle foncière et ses enjeux politiques au Japon "(Political issues of the theory of the land bubble in Japan), Economie 1997, Press of university Perpignan, 63-84.

Natacha Aveline (1997), « Le remembrement urbain nippon : un modèle pour l’Asie ? Le cas de Séoul et de Taipei » (the land readjustment project system in Japan, a model for Asia ? The Taiwan and South-Korean cases), Daruma n°1, Picquier, p. 131-151.

Aveline N., 1997, " Tokyo et ses projets urbains "(large-scale development projects in Tokyo), Revue géographique de Lyon, vol.72, n°2, 1997, 117-121.

Aveline N., 1997, " Le remembrement urbain nippon : un modèle pour l’Asie ? Le cas de Séoul et de Taipei "(The japanese land and readjustement system, a model for Asia? The case of Seoul and Taipei), Daruma n°1, printemps 1997, éd. Picquier, 131-151.

Edition of special issues

Natacha Aveline (coord., 1998), « Regards croisés sur les formes de la ville japonaise », numéro spécial Daruma n°3, Picquier, Arles, p. 13-156.

Natacha Aveline-Dubach (coord. 2013), « Real Estate Speculation and its Social Consequences », special feature, China Perspective, n°2, coordination du numéro spécial. Disponible en version anglaise et française.

Working papers-sélection

Aveline-Dubach N., 2011, " La financiarisation des filières de production urbaine à Tokyo, nouvelles géographies des immeubles et mutation du bâti sous l’effet du développement des fonds REITs", colloque du Réseau Asie, actes publiés sur CD rom
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Aveline-Dubach N., 2011, Dossier " Les nouvelles figures de la production immobilière dans les métropoles asiatiques : normalisation des projets d’aménagement et transformation des équilibres urbains, atelier coordonné dans le cadre du 4ème congrès du Réseau Asie, 4 textes, version disponible sur CD rom.
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Aveline N., 1999, " Land Price Dynamics and Real Estate Bubbles in France and in Japan ", Département d’économie, université de Kyoto, discussion paper n°A-58

Aveline-Dubach N., 2010, Les pompes funèbres, une industrie bien vivante en pleine mutation, perspectives comparées France-Japon , working paper de l’UMIFRE 19 Maison Franco-Japonaise, série R, WP-R-06-IFRJC-Aveline-10-08.pdf., 82 p.
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Aveline-Dubach N., 1999, " Land Price Dynamics and Real Estate Bubbles in France and in Japan ", séminaire d’économie urbaine du Center for Study of Complex Economic Systems de l’université de Kyôto, animé par Masahita Fujita. Publié sous forme de discussion paper n°A-58, mars 1999.

Documentary movie

Aveline N., 2000, Jimenez J., " Mourir à Tôk֗.cY?*film documentaire en bétacam de 52 minutes sur le marché du foncier funéraire dans l’agglomération de Tokyo, Centre Audiovisuel de l’Université Toulouse 2, achevé en mars 2000.

Translation from Japanse-French, selection

Ryôhei Takamura (2013) « Les espaces funéraires à Séoul, une histoire marquée par l’expérience coloniale, in Natacha Aveline-Dubach (dir.), La place des morts dans les mégalopoles d’Asie orientale, 21 p. Editions des Indes Savantes, Paris, p. 177-201.

Kiyoko Hagihara (1998), " Les relations entre l’Etat et les collectivités locales ", in: Aveline N. (dir.), " Regards croisés sur les formes de la ville japonaise ", Daruma n°3, Picquier, Arles , 83-99.

Takahito Miyao (1996)" Controverses autour des politiques foncières et des valeurs immobilières ", in: La Recherche sur la ville au Japon, actes des journées franco-japonaises du PIR-Villes, CNRS éditions, Paris, 1996, 107-115.

Updated on : 15 January 2020


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