Joséphine LECUYER

PhD Student

Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne



Research theme
Rural spaces, Shrinkage, local development, Eastern Germany, Social Geography

Transversal subjects
Stabilities and fluidity of geographical objects

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


The objective of this research is to analyze the logics, projects and actors of local development in German rural areas, marked by demographic and economic decline, and the «peripherization» (Peripherisierung). The aim is to analyse to what extent the decline could be less a hindrance to local development than a framework conducive to the affirmation of alternative or even innovative logics in German rural areas and, more particularly, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a Land marked by rurality and very pronounced socio-economic and demographic fragilities.


Since 2017 : PhD (Geography), University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

2017 : Master in German Studies, University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle

2016 : Master in Geography, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Scientific activities

Project participation

International projects

2019-2021: Formation & Research Program of the CIERA, « A sky still divided? Germany’s East and West, thirty years after reunification », Marc Bloch Center (Berlin), Géographie-cités – University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Centre B/Orders in motion of the University Viadrina (Frankfurt Oder)


2021-2022: Teaching fellow, University Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis
▪ Rural Geography, L2
▪ Statistics and cartography, L2
▪ Introduction to cartography, L1
▪ International migrations, L3

2020-2021: Teaching Fellow, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
▪ Statistics and cartography, L2 (26h)
▪ GIS, L3 (50h)
▪ Introduction to GIS, L2 (20h)

2017-2020: Teaching Fellow, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
▪ Sociétés et espaces ruraux, L2 (101h)
▪ Social and spatial issues, L3 (39h)
▪ Territorial analysis, L1, (26h)
▪ Statistics and cartography, L2 (26h)


Journal articles

LECUYER J., 2022, « Mobilizing the LEADER program in a context of decline: local strategies of adaptation to a European rural development policy », Revue d’économie régionale et urbaine, 18p.

LECUYER J., 2021, « Rural heritage and local development in the Mecklenburg countryside (Germany): what alternatives to peripheralization?», Belgeo, 13p.

LECUYER J., 2020, « Small cities and peripheralization in east-Germany: develipment perspectives », Small and Medium-Sized Cities, Services and Territories: An International Perspective on Urban Shrinkage, CIST, p.288-291

LECUYER J., 2019, « Demographic change and public action in the New Lander (Germany): scales and strategies », Revue géographique de l’Est, 24p.

Oral communications in English

LECUYER J., 2019, « Contrasting paths of small cities of a rural and peripheral region of MecklenburgWest Pomerania », Small and medium-sized cities, services and territories: a Franco-German perspective (journée d’étude du LabEx DynamiTe), 5 juillet, Paris

Administrative responsibilities

2019-2022: PhD students’ representative

Honors, Awards and Fellowships

2022 Research grant, Marc Bloch Center (Berlin), 3 months

2019 Research grant, DAAD (Greifswald), 2 months

2018 Research grant, CIERA (Berlin), 2 months


Professional positions