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Archives - Themes 2010-2013

Practices of geography

In this line of research, the EHGO team considers the various spatial, social and political practices of geography. These projects aim to investigate the production and circulation of spatial knowledge (and more specifically of geographical knowledge), inside the environments where this knowledge is developed.
The challenge here is to reappraise the epistemology and history of geography, confronting them with notions such as scale, circulation, and actors in different areas of (...)

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Images in the knowledge of space

This axis of research aims to develop previous research on the issue of images in geography, in relation to the construction and the diffusion of the knowledge of space. Three groups are currently conducting investigations, mainly in the areas of cartography and photography.
The central issues are , on the one hand, an evaluation of the cognitive powers of cartography and photography, and, on the other, their involvement in modern visual cultures.
The projects use three main lines of (...)

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Networks and territories: new proximities for planning?

Space planning is confronted with new problems along with the rescaling of business logics. The scale of planning remains quite steady, so how can it deal with the vast widening of networks and its spatial consequences? CRIA tries to address this question. As a matter of fact, networks tend to widen scales but they especially contribute to create an original topological space that scales in their traditional meaning cannot fully convey. Network could thus only create territories if a (...)

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New spatio-temporal multi-actor and multi-scalar modelling processes

The heuristic power of modelling is that it tests different potential interpretations by confronting them with empirical observation in models. In geography, modelling makes it possible to test the driving function of interactions in the emergence and evolution of the spatial organisation of social phenomena. Well aware of the essential part to be played by models in interdisciplinary communication, the members of the PARIS team are very attentive to developments in practice in other (...)

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The dynamics of networked cities: comparative analysis and modelling

By way of the networks that develop among them and are driven by them, cities contribute to organising space across the world. This is true on all scales, whether with respect to the lives of the inhabitants, the outcomes of the regional or national territories, or the political and economics systems of organisation arising from financial, cultural or information flows. Cities are never in a state of isolation, they evolve in interdependent manner. These complex systems are largely (...)

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Territorial reconfigurations of metropolitan regions

Research by the PARIS Team aims at highlighting different aspects of social and economic change in cities. Important elements of this research include mobility, social segregation and forms of governance. Our studies focus on Paris as a metropolitan region but also include comparative analyses of major world cities, primarily in Europe and North America. We aim at developing new concepts and methods in order to understand the current restructuring of metropolises across the full range of (...)

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