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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 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 housing market as a vector of stratification and segregation in emerging cities, using Cape Town as a case study. More specifically, I focus on the social and spatial impact of mortgage finance and credit scoring technologies. Drawing from economic sociology and urban geography, I analyze how the financialization of housing unfolds across the emerging city, renewing patterns of social, racial and economic inequalities.

My study draws from 15 months of fieldwork in South Africa, combining qualitative and quantitative methods :

  • I sourced and 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 geocomputation methods, I track the spatial patterns of market dynamic and how they impact 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 included participant observation at several public and events, in-depth research in two specific neighborhoods, and part-time work in a real estate agency located in Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s largest 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).


2015 & 2016 : Research grant, French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) & Scientific Committee of the MInistry of Foreign Affairs.
2014-2017: Doctoral Fellowship, Ministry of Higher Education and Research & the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
2008 - 2012 : Graduate Fellowship for being admitted to the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. Funding: Ministry of Higher Education & Research.


Real estate market, mortgage market, credit scoring, financialization, housing

Stratification, segregation, inequalities

South Africa, Global South, Emerging cities

Urban and Economic geography

Spatial Analysis, Mapping, computational social science



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