Petros Petsimeris is currently Professor of Geography at the University of Paris 1-Sorbonne, and Visiting Professor at the University of Barcelona. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the International Geographical Union, Commission Urban Systems. Epistemologically he is interested in the conceptualization of urban space, urban processes and the social division of space. Methodologically he is interested in quantitative methods of analysis and representation, policy analysis and the ‘fashions’ of urban representation. He has undertaken empirical research on the processes of urbanization, regeneration, segregation and migration in Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Greece, Poland and the Czech Republic. This work includes detailed analyses of the social and ethnic division of space in a number of European cities. He speaks, Italian, Greek, French, English, Spanish.
He has undertaken research on the social and ethnic structure of intra-metropolitan space in Europe in collaboration with Professor Jean Bernard Racine (University of Lausanne). His current research interests include processes of urban diffusion in southern Europe.
He studied for his first degree in architecture at the Technical University of Turin (Politecnico), awarded in 1983. He completed his Masters degree in "Town Planning and Housing Policies", at the Technical University of Milan, in 1986.
He worked as architect and planner in Turin at the "Collettivo di Architettura" with Prof. B. Garzena (consultancy works for the municipalities of Turin, Moncalieri, Rivoli, Collegno, Regional Council of Piemonte and Istituto di ricerca economica esociale, on the topics of urban renewal, housing needs in historical districts,social consequences of renewal and social and ethnic divisions of intra-urbanspace).
His Doctorate was awarded by the University of Caen, "Deurbanisation and Deindustrialisation in Piedmont Region", in 1988.
During his doctoral studies he was Associate Lecturer in Turin and Caen. From 1990 to 1994, he was Lecturer at the University of Le Mans, he also accepted the post of Visiting Professor in Urban and Social Geography offered by the Universities of Barcelona, Glasgow, Monterrey Tech (campus de Santiago de Queretaro), Pisa, Bologna, Naples, Trento, Udine and Turin.
From 1992 to 1996, he lectured on Urban Social Geography in Europe at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
In September 1994, he was appointed Professor of Social Geography at the University of Caen where he taught for ten years (1994-2004) and directed the program of doctoral studies in geography.
In 1997 and 2003, he was Urban Studies Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow,where he undertook research on the social and ethnic division of space and on urban sprawl in southern Europe.
In May 2004 was elected Professor of Urban Social Geography at the University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. He will take-up this post in September 2004. His research group will be: Geographie-cités (équipe Paris).
He has been a member of the National Council of Universities (CNU) in France, Social Geography Research Group of the CNRS, the Regional Science Association, the World Society of Ekistics and the Urban Development and Quality of Life Study Group of the International Geographical Union (IGU).