I am Emeritus Professor in the field of Geography and Development Studies at Université Paris Cité, France, where I have been Head of the GHES School (Geography, History, Economy and Societies) from October 2019 to September 2022, and was previously Chair of Geography Department (2013-2017).

I’m currently conducting research and supervise PhD theses at the CESSMA, the Centre for Social Sciences studies on the African, American and Asian worlds (Centre d’Études en Sciences sociales sur les Mondes Africains, Américains et Asiatiques).

I am part of various research projects in the frame of an international interdisciplinary network named ‘Reshaping Business in an Uncertain World’ (Rebus project), which I played a key role in establishing. The primary goal of this research network is to analyze how economic systems adapt to the changes brought about by globalization, and by the crises it is causing, with a focus on studying the reorganization processes within ‘Global Production Networks.’

Within this framework, my research focuses on diverse themes across three different countries: In India, I’m examining the impact of economic liberalization on the reorganization of the marble and granite industry in Rajasthan, as well as the globalization of the textile industry in southern Rajasthan. Additionally, I’m exploring the development of cultural industries. In Tunisia, my research delves into the economic networks involved in olive oil production in the Sfax region. In Greece, I’m studying the development of high-tech companies in Attica.

In addition to these projects, I am also engaged in personal research focusing on regional development and territorial inequalities in India, all the while writing on various theoretical and methodological aspects of geography.

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Research topics

Present research topics

  • 1978-2023. Metropolisation, regional planning, administrative reforms
  • 2000-2023. Development of communication infrastructures
  • 1998-2023. New economy and development
  • 1992-2023. Globalisation, economic development and regional integration
  • 1990-2023. New model of development. Industrial districts, business networks and cultural industry

Present field works

  • 1983-2023. India
  • 2019-2023. South Tunisia
  • 2022-2023. Greece

Recent publications

Challenging global changes in a post-revolutionary context. The case of irrigated olive growing in central Tunisia


(2023) Geographica Helvetica

Causality Between Cultural Diversity and Economic Growth in India. Cross State Study, 1990–1991 through 2017–2018


(2023) Society

Cultural Embeddedness of Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs in Jaipur


(2022) in SHABAN A., VERMYLEN F., HANDKE Ch. (Eds.) Creative Industries in India. London, Routledge



(2021) in ATIK M., POTTIER N., EL OUAHIDI A. (Eds.), Aléas, vulnérabilités et résiliences territoriales. Regards croisés euro-méditerranéens. Agadir, Publication de la Faculté des Langues, Arts et Sciences Humaines, Université Ibn Zohr

Les corridors industriels en Inde (Industrial Corridors in India)


(2019) EchoGéo

Atlas national de Corée. Édition synthétique (French traduction and adaptation of the National Atlas of Korea)


(2019) Institut national de l'information géographique Ministère du Territoire, de l'équipement et des transports

État et religions en Inde (State and Religions in India)


(2019) in COTE S. and al., Histoire, Géographie, Géopolitique, Classe de 1er, Paris Nahan

Asie du Sud” (South Asia)


(2018) Nora Mareï, Yann Richard (Eds), Dictionnaire de la régionalisation du monde, Paris, Atlande

L'urbanisation en Afrique, du Sahel à la Méditerranée


(2017) B. Dumortier (ed.), L'Afrique : du Sahel et du Sahara à la Méditerranée, Paris, Colin

Tourism Development in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan


(2017) E. Lavie and A. Marshall (eds.), Oases and Globalisation, Springer International Publishing

L’émergence de l’Inde : dynamiques métropolitaines ; ouverture maritime


(2017) Paris, Colin



(2017) in CADENE Ph., (Eds.), 2017, L’émergence de l’Inde : dynamiques métropolitaines ; ouverture maritime, Numéro spécial du BAGF

La construction d'une vaste région économique au nord-ouest de l'Inde : le corridor de développement Delhi-Mumbai


(2017) in CADENE Ph., (Eds.), 2017, L’émergence de l’Inde : dynamiques métropolitaines ; ouverture maritime, Numéro spécial du BAGF

Les liens entre dieux, société et nature en Inde (Relations between gods, society and nature in India)


(2016) Géoconfluences


Les 'Corridors de développement' entre économie globale et politique régionale : le cas de la 'Norther Corridor Economic Region' en Malaisie (The Development Corridors: between global economy and regional policy)


(2016) in ANDROUAIS A., COBBI J. (Eds.), Ville et Environnement. Culture, Métropolisation, Pôles de compétitivité (Cities and Environment. Culture, Metropolisation, Competitiveness poles), Paris, L'Harmattan.

Bibliography sur la nouvelle question : l'Union indienne


(2016) Historiens & Géographes, n°432

Inde et Asie du Sud (India and South Asia)


(2015) Paris, Ellipses

L’Inde, une géographie (India, a Geography)



Différenciation et intégration du territoire indien (Differenciation and Integration of the Indian Territory


(2015) in CADENE Ph, DUMORTIER B. (Eds.), L’Inde, une géographie, Paris, Colin

La construction de la puissance industrielle indienne (The Building of an Indian Industrial Power)


(2015) in CADENE Ph, DUMORTIER B. (Eds.), L’Inde, une géographie, Paris, Colin

Le tourisme en Inde : imaginaire et réalités (Tourism in India: Imaginary and Realities)


(2015) in CADENE Ph, DUMORTIER B. (Eds.), L’Inde, une géographie, Paris, Colin

Recent News

News from my scientific teammates

  • Octobre 2003 Gautier Bourdeaux, head of the Master in Banking and Finance at the Université Paris Cité and at the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi has been nominated has Vice-President of the University, responsible for lifelong learning and continuing education.

  • Septembre 2023 Pepita Ould Ahmed, who is the head of my research center, the UMR CESSMA, Université Paris Cité, has been promoted to the status of Research Director at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)

  • Septembre 2023 Damien Calais has been appointed as a Assistant Professor at the Institut Agro Dijon

  • Septembre 2023 Yves-Marie Rault has been elected as Maitre de Conférences (Associated Professor) at the Faculty of Geography, Université Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris 1

  • Septembre 2023 Petia Koleva, who was MCF HDR at the Department of Economy of our UFR GHES has been elected as Professor at our Université Paris Cité

  • Septembre 2023 Pascal Grouiez, who was MCF HDR at the Department of Economy of our UFR GHES has been elected as Professor at our Université Paris Cité

  • Octobre 2022 Abdul Shaban, Professor of Geography at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India has published the book Creative Industries in India, Abdul Shaban, Filip Vermeylen, Christian Handke Scientific Editors, Routledge, 380 pages

  • Septembre 2022 Mohamed Oudada, Professor of Geography at the Université Ibn Zohr, Agadir, Morocco, has been appointed Vice-Dean of the Faculté des Langues, des Arts et des Sciences Humaines - Ait Melloul

  • Septembre 2021 Jean-Marc Roda, Senior scientist at CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development), who was CTO of the Center of Excellence on Biomass Valorisation at University Putra Malaysia - CIRAD cooperation platform, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has been nominated Regional Director for South East Asia Island Countries (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-Timor Leste) at Cirad with his office in Jakarta, Indonesia

PhD defense under my supervision

  • 2021, Damien Calais: “La sécurité alimentaire aux Emirats Arabes Unis. Importations, productions, externalisations” (Food security in the United Arab Emirates. Imports, production, outsourcing), Université Paris Cité

  • 2020, Yves-Marie Rault: “Les petites entreprises pharmaceutiques indiennes, agents d’une globalisation alternative” (Networks, resources and strategies of small pharma companies in India), cosupervision with Dr. Isabelle Milbert, Professor of Sociology and Anthropologie at Graduate Institute, Geneva, University of Paris

Organization of Workshops

  • January 31 to February 2, 2023, Université Paris Cité, “Workshop on the projects High Tech Entrepreneurs in Attica, Greece, Biomass Industry Development and Entrepreneurship in Small and Medium Towns, South Morocco” (with Professor Gautier Bourdeaux)

  • October 24 and 25, 2022, Université Paris Cité, “Reorganization of Global Productive Networks in India” (with Professor Abdoul Shaban)

  • July 4 and 5, 2022, Université Paris Cité, “Restructuring business networks and thinking legal evolution and compliance” (with Professor Gautier Bourdeaux)

  • November 24, 2021, Université Paris Cité, “Global economic networks and regional embeddedness, Towards a New Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in India?” (with Professor Abdoul Shaban)

Communications in Workshops and Conferences

  • June 24, 25 and 26, 2023, Athens, Greece, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, “Globalisation, crises systemiques et enjeux juridiques”, Final Seminar “Le droit des affaires post-crises”, REBUS Group, Scientific Coordination G. Bourdeaux and G. Lekkas

  • January 31, February 1 and 2, 2023, Paris, France, Université Paris Cité, “Globalisation and crises. Strenghts and resilience of economic activities”, Round Table, REBUS Group

  • December 8, 2022, Paris, France, Université Paris Cité, Faculté de droit, “Globalisation et investissements étrangers” (avec Matthieu Bufkens), Seminar “Le droit des affaires post-crises”, REBUS Group, Scientific Coordination G. Bourdeaux,

  • July 4 and 5, 2022, Paris, France, Université Paris Cité, “New Entrepreneurship in India”, Round Table, “Industrial networks and circulation of economic models”, REBUS Group

  • Novembre 24, 2021, Paris, France, Université Paris Cité, “Enterpreneurship in Gems and Jewellary industry in Jaipur”, Round Table, REBUS Group

  • August 21 and 22, 2021, Mumbai, India, School of Development Studies - Tata Institute of Social Sciences (virtual conference), “Specialization and diversity: the paradox of global economy and entrepreneurship”. I8th National Conference on Diversity & Development

Career Summary

I began my advanced studies at the University of Toulouse, where I have summited my PhD (D.Lit.) in 1985 under Prof. Bernard Kayser. My thesis dissertation focused on the evolution of suburban areas in France. During these early years of research, I also started my first field works in India, where I was affiliated at the Centre for Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Then, I was Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University, England, following with a post-doctoral work at the South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany. I joined the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in 1989, and was affiliated at the Centre for India and South Asia Studies (CEIAS), EHESS, Paris. I continued research programs on urban and regional development, mainly in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. I also worked at all India level with Prof. François Durand-Dastes for the South Asia volume of the Universal Geography, edited by Prof. Roger Brunet in 1993.

In 1995, I was appointed as Professor of Urban Geography at the University Paul Valery, Montpellier. There, I conducted research at the Maison de la Géographie de Montpellier and took part at the creation of the UMR ESPACE. In 2000, I joined the Department of Geography at the University Paris Diderot, on a chair of Development studies. I was affiliated with the SEDET, recently renamed CESSMA. I extended my interest to the emerging countries of Asia and to the Gulf countries, then started a long term collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

From 2010 to 2011, I was seconded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for developing university and scientific cooperation at the French Embassy in India. In November 2011, I was appointed for two years as Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.

In September 2013, I resumed my duties at the Paris Diderot University and share my time between academic and administrative activity. During this years, Paris Diderot University has entered in a merger process with Paris Descartes University to create the University Paris Cité in January 2020.


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