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Samuel RUFAT

Samuel Rufat est maître de conférence habilité à diriger des recherches à l’Université de Cergy-Pontoise. Il a mis en place le Master Géomatique appliquée aux études urbaines et aux risques.

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Associate Professor of Geography, University of Cergy-Pontoise, Paris, Fr (2010-present).

Junior fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) (2016-present).

European conference on risk perception. Behaviour, management and response. 13-15 March 2019.


Habilitation, Geography, Paris 7 Diderot University, France, 2016.
PhD, Geography and Planning, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France, 2008.
M.Sc. Geography, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France, 2004.
Agrégation de géographie, 2003.
Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France, Fellowship 2000–2003.


- 2018: Visiting scientist, Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University (UNU-EHS).
- 2016: Invited Professor, Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, University of Iowa (USA).
- 2014: Visiting Professor, Faculty of Geography, University of Bucharest (Romania).

Scientific responsibilities

- Nominated to the UNFCCC AC15 by the United Nations University (2018).
- Graduate School Advisory Board, ED 382, Paris 7 Diderot University (2017-present).
- Scientific advisor of the Flood risk management strategy of the Paris metropolitan area since 2016.
- Nominated to the UNFCCC COP21 by the American Association of Geographers (2015).
- Head of the Master of Geomatics, Urban Planning & Disaster Studies (in French) (2010-2016).
- ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies Scientific board (2016-present).
- L’Espace géographique Editorial board (2013-present), in charge of the English edition since 2016.
- Cybergeo, European Journal of Geography Editorial board (2010-present).

Research Interests

1. Vulnerability, resilience, social vulnerability, urban resilience, indicators, spatial modeling.
2. Post-socialist metropolises, transition, segregation, social justice, environmental justice.
3. Video games, computer games, game studies, media studies, social and cultural geography.

I have been working on urban vulnerability since 2002, and since 2010 I have been co-hosting a workshop on Urban Resilience at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. My work on social vulnerability was first focused on Lyon, France and Mexico City, then I diversified my research by articulating it with the dynamics of post-socialist metropolises, notably Bucharest, Romania, then by mobilising resilience in order to think the adaptation of metropolises and regions confronted to crises and disasters.
In addition, I contributed to the structuring of a new field by analysing the practices and spatial representation of video games players. I have gained experience in managing multidisciplinary projects by creating the junior lab on Video Games: practices, content, discourse at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (2008-2012), then by directing one axis of the ANR Ludespace project (2011-2014).
In the past few years we organised with the colleagues from the Royal Holloway University of London a one week joint workshop to promote the mobility of our students: it was awarded the Royal Holloway University Teaching Team Prize.

Main publications in English

Open Access publications on HAL CNRS
List of publications on Google Scholar
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List of publications on Research Gate

Rufat S., Tate E., Emrich C., Antolini F. (2018). How Valid are Social Vulnerability Models?. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, online first.

Burton, C., Rufat, S., & Tate, E. (2018). Social Vulnerability. Conceptual Foundations and Geospatial Modeling, in Fuchs, S., & Thaler, T. (Eds.). Vulnerability and resilience to natural hazards. Cambridge University Press, 53-81.

Reghezza, M., Rufat, S. (eds) (2015). Resilience Imperative. Uncertainty, Risks and Disasters, London: Elsevier.

Anonymous, Rufat, S. (2015). Open Data, Political Crisis and Guerrilla Cartography. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(1), 260-282.

Rufat, S., Tate, E., Burton, C. G., & Maroof, A. S. (2015). Social vulnerability to floods: Review of case studies and implications for measurement. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 14, 470-486.

Rufat, S., (2015). Towards a Social and Spatial Risk Perception Framework, Cybergeo: European Journal of Geography, 725.

Rufat, S., Ter Minassian, H., & Coavoux, S. (2014). Playing videogames in France. Social geography of a cultural practice. L’Espace géographique, 43(4), 308-323.

Marcińczak, S., Gentile, M., Rufat, S., & Chelcea, L. (2014). Urban Geographies of Hesitant Transition: Tracing Socioeconomic Segregation in Post-Ceauşescu Bucharest. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, IJURR, 38(4), 1399-1417.

Rufat, S., Coavoux, S., & Ter Minassian, H. (2014). Situating Play Cultures. A survey of videogame players and practices in France. In Dawn Stobbart; Monica Evans (eds.). Engaging with Videogames: Play, Theory and Practice, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 37-51.

Rufat, S. (2013). Spectroscopy of Urban Vulnerability. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 103(3), 505-525.

Rufat S., Ter Minassian H., (2012). Video games and urban simulation: new tools or new tricks?, Cybergeo: European Journal of Geography, 622.

Rufat, S., & Ter Minassian, H. (2012). Space, The Final Frontier of Video Games, Aether: The Journal of Media Geography, 10, 54-72.

Reghezza M., Rufat S., Djament G., Le Blanc A., Lhomme S. (2012). What Resilience Is Not: Uses and Abuses, Cybergeo, European Journal of Geography, 621.

Youngest author to be republished in the anthology Deux siècles de géographie française, Paris: CHTS, 2011.

Twitter: @MGeomatic

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Updated on : 1 April 2019


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