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Denise Pumain, a renowned French geographer, is a specialist in cities and urban systems of the world.

As a researcher at Géographie-cités of which she is also the co-founder, she produced innovative works on urban dynamics. Professor at the Paris 1 University, she has transmitted her knowledge and know-how in spatial analysis and urban geography to several generations of students.

While developing an original scientific path, which has led to the development of an evolutive theory on cities, she opened up to other disciplinary fields and contributed to the construction of complexity sciences.

As a founder of the Cybergeo: European journal of geography, which is in open access, the diffusion of scientific production is close to her heart.

This collection of open archives brings together all of her scientific production to date and is constantly being updated, with the ambition to give free access to a maximum of original texts.

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Last publications of Denise Pumain in Cybergeo

Learning to adapt


For Guillaume Apollinaire, uncertainty was a source of delight and melancholy for things that were coming to an end, with the prospect of regression. For economic or political decision-makers, it is an incentive to move forward by skillfully detecting trends in innovation and exploiting the strengths of weak links in networks. For scientists, it is an assertive stance that requires modesty and patience, tinged with a certain confidence in the future. For a long time, predictive capacity has been the criterion for the validity of the knowledge provided by science, but this too has become "the end of certainties".

We live in complex systems, whose evolution is therefore unpredictable, and adaptive, i.e. constantly changing. The time of uncertainty, which the social sciences are used to, has hit all sciences. A great "external" shock such as this pandemic, which for several months now has been paralyzing the economy, reducing exchanges and the movement of people throughout the world, ra...

Geographical confinement or the virtues of an experiment


The world in its challenges and contradictions


Economic Development Zones and Urban Growth in China


A Fab Lab for Open science