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Prof. Denise Pumain
 

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University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

 

Denise Pumain trained in geography at Ecole Normale Supérieure, she was lecturer at University Paris I from 1970, researcher at the National Institute of Demography (1981-86), professor at University Paris 13 (1986-89) then at University Partis I. She is now Professor at University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, member of the Institut Universitaire de France since 2004 and Director of Cybergeo, European Journal of Geography (www.cybergeo.eu) (electronic journal that she founded in 1996) and co-director of l’Espace Géographique. Former Chair of the Commission on Urban Development and Urban Life of the International Geographical Union (1992-2000), co-founder (1984) and Director (1992-2000) of the research laboratory P.A.R.I.S. (UMR Géographie-cités, CNRS), since 2006 Director of the European Research Group S4 (Spatial Simulation for Social Sciences, www.S4.parisgeo.cnrs.fr), she specialised in urban modelling and theoretical geography. Her main scientific contribution is about building an evolutionary theory of urban systems and transferring concepts and models from self-organising complex systems towards social sciences. Her last books “Hierarchy in natural and social sciences” and “Complexity perspectives in innovation and social change” are published by Springer in 2006 and 2009 in the Methodos Series. She is director of the series “Villes” published by Anthropos (Paris). She also was chief executive of education and research for the Académie de Grenoble (2000-2001) and she acted as the first scientific coordinator for social sciences at the French Agency for research assessment (2007-2008). She was awarded a title of doctor honoris causa at University of Lausanne in 2003 and University of Liege in 2011, the silver medal of the CNRS in 2010 and the Vautrin Lud International prize in Geography in 2010. She received an advanced grant from the European Research Council in 2010. She is a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 2009.


 

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