The Geographie-Cités laboratory is a joint research unit (UMR) that was formed by the merger of several research centers, including the Center for Theoretical and Quantitative Geography and the CRIA, which were created at the University of Paris I in 1980, and the Center for Geohistory, which was created in 1969. It has four co-supervisors: the CNRS, the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, the Université Paris Cité, and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Géographie-cités is also present, in Paris, on the Olympe de Gouge site of the Université Paris Cité and at the Institut de Géographie.
Géographie-cités is composed of three teams – CRIA, EHGO and PARIS – which develop both their own research and common themes. This research articulates reflexivity, human geography, urban studies and urban planning.
The PARIS team places spatial and social interactions at the heart of its analyses as driving forces at different scales and temporalities. The fields of study are distributed on all scales of time and space and on all continents. The practices and representations of actors are also mobilized, as well as new data from digital platforms. The research relies on a diverse set of methods, ranging from interviews to spatial modeling.
The EHGO team conducts research in epistemology, history of geography and geohistory. By not limiting itself to academic knowledge, it makes the analysis of the production of geographical knowledge in the long term one of the keys to its work. It is also interested in spatial processes at various scales of time and space.
The CRIA team deals with transformations in urban production, management and materiality, in a context of renewal of urban planning and development actors, political and economic mutations and environmental changes. This work is conducted in a variety of cultural areas: Europe, North America, and Northeast Asia.
Exchanges between the three teams are structured around four transversal themes:
– Mobilities and territories: towards a relational approach to space;
– stabilities and fluidities of geographical objects ;
– the fabrications of the urban: processes, actors, practices;
– data and protocols in digital humanities.