I’m a PhD candidate in urban & economic Geography affiliated to CNRS Research Units Geographie-Cités (8504) & Pacte (5194). I’m also a Lecturer at the Ecole Normale Supérieure.
My research investigates the financialzation and digitalization of the housing market in emerging cities and post-apartheid South Africa, using Cape Town as a case study. Drawing from economic sociology and urban geography, I analyze how the financialization and digitalization of housing unfolds across the urban space and renew patterns and processes of segregation and stratification.
My study draws from 15 months of fieldwork in South Africa, and combines qualitative and quantitative methods :
- I created a database of 900,000 georeferenced property transactions over a 30-year period, which I merged with longitudinal census-data. Using spatial analysis and computational methods, I track the spatial patterns of market dynamics, most specifically price and credit, and anayse how the housing market impacts segregation, stratification and urban change.
- to investigate the functioning and the anatomy of the market, I held 90 interviews with expert-practitioners (originators, credit bureaus, real estate agents, property developers and banking representatives, as well as buyers and investors from all social and ethnic backgrounds). Fieldwork also relied on in-depth research in two specific real estate development projets, and using methods of particitant observation within a real estate agency located in Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s largest black township.
2017 — : Lecturer, Department of Geography, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris),
2015-2017 : Visiting PhD student, African Centre for Cities & Department of Environmental & Geographical Science, University of Cape Town (UCT).
2014-2017: Research & Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, University Grenoble Alpes.
2011 : Research Assistant at Victoria University of Wellington, Marsden Pacific Aid Research Group
2011 : Intern at the Research Institute for Development (IRD), Nouméa, New Caledonia. Research Topic: social housing & urban development.
2014 — , PhD Candidate at the University Grenoble Alpes.
- Supervisors: Myriam HOUSSAY-HOLZSCHUCH & Renaud LE GOIX.
- Topic: Selling the emerging city: housing market, financialization, digitalization and stratification in Cape Town
2013: Agregation of Geography (Annual competitive exam for the accreditation of university teachers in France). Placed 1st nation-wide.
2012: M.A Geography, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. First class honours.
- Supervisors: Myriam Houssay-Holzschuch (ENSL) & Warwick Murray (Victoria University of Wellington).
- Topic: Spatial Justice in Postcolonial Noumea : the Tuband housing project
2010-2011 : Postgrade Student in Development Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
2009: M.A in Geography (first year), Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon. First class honours.
- Supervisors : Myriam Houssay-Holzschuch (ENSL) & 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 (ENSL).
AWARDS AND HONORS
Urban and Economic geography
Real estate market, financialization, digitalization
Stratification, segregation, inequalities
South Africa, Global South, Emerging cities
Spatial Analysis, computational social science
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