PhD Candidate

University Paris 1


corten.perez-houis ( at )

Research theme
Urban Geography, building materials, Egypt, Sudan, red brick

Transversal subjects
Stabilities and fluidity of geographical objects
Urban fabrics: processes, actors, practices

Géographie-cités • Campus Condorcet
5 cours des Humanités
93322 Aubervilliers cedex (France)


2020-… PhD in Geography (in process) – University Paris 1, «Red brick in the urban fabric of Khartoum (Sudan) and Cairo (Egypt) : for a study of urban spaces through building materials » (supervision by Eric Denis and Alice Franck)

2020 Master 2 Geography – University Paris 1 – « Produce the material, build the city. The red brick chain value in Greater Khartoum (Sudan) ” (supervision by Eric Denis and Alice Franck)

2018 Master 1 Geography – University Paris 1 – « Cultivate in the city : practices, dicourses, conflicts. Case studies of farming roofs and Dahab Island in Cairo » (supervision by Ségolène Débarre)

Scientific activities

Project participation

International projects

2020-2022 – CliMigra_Form « Development of training in participatory and citizen inquiry on climate and migrations » is a two-years program (2020-2022) funded by the MEAE (French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs) in the framework of ADESFA (Aid for the Development of French Higher Education in Africa) with the support of FEI (France Education International), University Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint Denis (France) and University of Khartoum (Sudan).

Organisation of scientific events

December 13th, 2021 – Seminar “Ethical and political issues of the enquiry in social sciences between Norths and Souths“,  LabEx DynamiTe, Working group “Think the urban production between Norths and Souths”


2021-2022 : Teaching fellow, University Paris 1

  • Populations and mobilities, L2 (39h)
  • Initiation to territorial diagnosis in the field, L2 (20h)
  • Statistics, L2 (29h)
  • Cities and urban societies, L3 (19,5h)

2020-2021 : Teaching fellow, University Paris 1

  • Populations and mobility, L2 (19,5h)
  • Initiation to territorial diagnosis in the field, L2 (20h)


Journal articles

PEREZ-HOUIS, Corten, 2021, « Choplin A. Matière grise de l’urbain. La vie du ciment en Afrique. Métis Presse, 2020, 252 p. », « Comptes rendus », Annales de géographie, vol. 739-740, no. 3-4, 2021, pp. 178-183. link

Working papers

PEREZ-HOUIS, Corten, 2021, « Les toits du Caire. De la production alimentaire aux fantasmes du développement », Études et documents du CEDEJ, n°26 (Octobre) – link

Oral communications

“For or against environment protection ? The mobilization of institutional actors against red brick producers in Khartoum (Sudan)”, Séminaire Espaces Mob, Labex Dynamite, April 11, 2022

“The brick kilns in Khartoum as contested urban environments : accessing, analysing and crossing written sources”, Workshop, Cedej Khartoum, April 5, 2022 (

“Building appropriations at each step : the inhabitant-architect in Khartoum (Sudan)”, Doctoral Seminar “From the built to the home”, ENSAB – GRIEF, December 3, 2021

“From the mould to the norm : towards a standardisation of the city of Khartoum (Sudan)”, Doctoral Seminar “Enter the mould ?”, University of Le Havre – PRSH, December 2, 2021

“Be careful ! But to what? Methodological adaptations in a “difficult” security context”, Meeting of doctoral students from Géographie-Cités and Prodig, June 7, 2021

“From Khartoum to Cairo, the long quiet river of comparison? Methodological reflections from the two red brick sectors in Egypt and Sudan ”, Doctoral workshop of Cedej in Cairo, May 27, 2021

“For an approach to urban spaces by the building materials”, Doctoriales Prodig (UMR 8586) 2020, November 30, 2020

Administrative responsibilities

2020-… Member of the organizing team of the Meetings of PhD students from Géographie Cités et Prodig

Honors, Awards and Fellowships

2021 Scholarship for the “International Mobility” program of the College of doctoral schools of the University of Paris 1

2020 Field scholarship, Cedej Khartoum

2020 Mobility grant, Maghreb Middle East Center (University of Paris 1)