Research director


Team P.A.R.I.S.

lena.sanders ( at )


Spatial analysis; Dynamic modelling; settlement systems; long term dynamics


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

Lena Sanders is research director at CNRS and a member of the Géographie-cités laboratory (which she directed between 2000 and 2009). Her work focuses on the dynamics of settlement systems over the long term and the evolution of metropolitan areas. Her approach is based on spatial analysis and dynamic modelling and she has developed applications in the socio-economic, educational and health fields. She is interested in the epistemology of modelling and the transfer of concepts between different disciplines. She has worked with archaeologists, sociologists, philosophers, physicists and computer scientists.


1984 PhD in Geography, University Paris-Diderot

1980 Master in Statistics, University Paris VI

1979 Maîtrise of Geography, University Paris-Diderot

1978 Maîtrise of Mathematics, University Paris-Diderot

Main activities

1992-2000 Deputee Director of Equipe P.A.R.I.S.

2000-2009 Director of UMR 8504-Géographie-cités

2002-2003 Deputee Director at the Human and Social Sciences Department of CNRS, in charge of the sector « Space, Territory and Society »

2011-2014 Coordinator of  ANR TransMonDyn Program

2012-2020 Co-coordinator of WP « Les systèmes de peuplement sur le temps long », LabEx DynamiTe, with Patrice Brun and Marie-Vic Ozouf-Marignier