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PhD Candidate
Ecole Normale Supérieure

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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.

I’m currently finishing my doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Pr. Myriam HOUSSAY-HOLZSCHUCH (University Grenoble Alpes) and Pr. Renaud LE GOIX (University Paris Diderot).


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.

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).


See CV.


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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