Kimberley DU BUAT


Ph.D. Student

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne



Direction : Olivier Orain

To be a geographer in France, a socio-geography of geographers

Direction : Olivier Orain

Abstract : If many geographers are questionning themselves about the utility, the activity, the place, the perception, the components and even the existence of their professional group, few extensive works bring answers, especially for geographers working outside the academic sphere. This thesis purpose is, therefore, to provide some answers, by drawing a socio-geography of geographers in France, in a diachronic perspective. Used methods, both quantitative and qualitative, will allow to determine the demographic, sociological, economic and geographical characteristics of this professional group and to explain its professionalization process through the prism of practices. Geographers are studied on an individual and collective scale, through an analysis of individual careers and collective strategies. Three main methods are used: individual monitoring of five classes of doctors in geography in France (655 doctors : 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018), a questionnaire distributed nationally to all types of geographers (more than 950 respondents) and some interviews. 

Scientific events

Intervention during the Engagement(s) conference, which constitutes the first edition of the CNFG Meetings, May 24-25, 2023, Valenciennes. Title of the intervention: “Kimberley DU BUAT, Nicolas SZENDE; The commitment of geographers through the prism of the sociology of sciences and professions: a comparative study between France and the United Kingdom. »

Intervention during PhD Students Meeting (Rencontres des doctorant.e.s) about post-thesis perspectives, laboratory Géographie-Cités (27/09/2023). Title of the intervention : “Post-thesis : the professional future of geography doctors”.


Associate professor at E. Galois Sartrouville high school, 2020 – today

Erasmus+ project management in E. Galois High School, July 2023 – today

Higher Education : “Khôlles” in CPGE (Lycée Jeanne d’Albret, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Khâgnes), 2020 – 2023. It’s like a Bachelor’s degree.


Member of the CAPES History-Geography jury (national teacher recruitment competition in France), 2022 – today