PhD Candidate

University Paris 1


corten.perez-houis ( at )

IdHAL corten-perez-houis

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

September 2022 – Summer School “Researching common territories” ( on the common everyday practices in South Caucasus. One week of collective fieldwork in the Marneuli municipality, to the south of Tbilissi (Georgia).

2022-2026 — Project ANR Spacepol (Space And Politics: Capital Cities As Instruments Of Political Struggle And Power), coordinated by Gülçin Erdi (

2020-2022 – Program CliMigra_Form “Development of training in participatory and citizen inquiry on climate and migrations”, 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”


2022-2023 : Teaching fellow, University Paris 1

  • Cartography and statistics, L1 (45h)

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)


2022-2023 :

  • “From the brick to the building, from the material to the city. Geopolitics of urban spaces through building materials supply chains”, session from the class “Natural resources and ecological transition, geopolitical analysis”, University Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL), 2nd year, December 12, 2022
  • “From the brick to the building, from the material to the city. Geopolitics of urban spaces through building materials supply chains”, session from the class “Geopolitics of ressources and objects” , École des Ponts ParisTech, 2nd year, Octobre 21st, 2022


Journal articles

Pérez-Houis, Corten. 2022. « Cadre législatif et production de briques rouges à Khartoum (Soudan) : entre protection de l’environnement et stratégies d’aménagement des espaces urbains centraux ». Sources. Materials & Fieldwork in African Studies n° 4 : 197-240.

Pérez-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

Pérez-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

“The Nile silt in the production of red bricks in Egypt and Sudan, between environment conservation, economic interests and land covestousness”, Session “Geopolitics of natural ressources at the time of the socio-ecological transition”, Congress of the centennial of the International Geographic Union (IGU), July 19th, 2022

“Building the material city : the techno-political marginalization of the red brick in Cairo (Egypt)”, Session “Reactivating Urban Matters”, EASST 2022 Politics of technoscientific futures, July 8th, 2022

“Metabolism as a strategy for policy makers : the marginalization of the red brick in Khartoum (Sudan) and Cairo (Egypt)”, International symposium  “Metabolism studies: materiality and relationality in the Anthropocene”, Studio Metabolism (Urban School of Lyon), June 30th, 2022

“Class insights from the 2017 housing census : the case of the governorate of Giza”, Workshop Egyclass : Data, sources and methods (Axis 2 : The space-class nexus), May 23th, 2022

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

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

“Building appropriations at each step : the inhabitant-architect in Khartoum (Sudan)”, Doctoral Seminar “From the built to the home”, ENSAB – GRIEF, December 3rd, 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 2nd, 2021

“Be careful ! But to what? Methodological adaptations in a “difficult” security context”, Meeting of doctoral students from Géographie-Cités and Prodig, June 7th, 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 27th, 2021

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

Administrative responsibilities

2022-2024 Representant of the PhD students at the Doctoral School of Geography of Paris

2020-2022 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)