An alumnus of the Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris), Sophie Buhnik is a PhD student in Urban Studies and Planning at the CRIA (Research Center on Networks, Industry and Planning), Paris 1 University - Panthéon-Sorbonne, in association with the Institute for East Asian Studies (CNRS/Lyon 2). She also studies Japanese at the University for East Asian Languages (INALCO) in Paris. In 2008-2009, she worked for the DATAR (French Agency for Spatial and Regional Competitiveness). A former Visiting Student at Waseda University (2006) and Johns Hopkins University (2007), in 2010 she was awarded with a fellowship to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and conducted research at the Osaka City University. Since 2008, she has belonged to the “PhD Academy” in the Shrinking Cities International Research Network (SCIRN, cf. www.shrinkingcities.org). Since 2009, she has been involved in the COST Action TU 0803 “Cities Regrowing Smaller”.
She is interested in the relationship between demographic transition and mobility issues in shrinking cities in mature industrial countries, Japan in particular. Her research focuses on transportation issues and access to urban resources for residents of declining urban areas in the Osaka Metropolitan Area.
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