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Cottineau Clémentine

Chargée de recherche, CNRS
Discipline : Géographie
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Clémentine Cottineau is a geographer and permanent researcher from CNRS at the Centre Maurice Halbwachs. After studying economics and geography and producing a doctoral thesis on the particularity of post Soviet urbanisation and working as a post-doc on the processes of urban scaling and local business networks, she now focuses on investigating multiscale economic inequality and the role of geographical space in the mechanisms generating and affecting inequalities. To that end, she uses quantitative methods of spatial analysis and econometry, but also complex system analysis and agent-based modelling. She is also a honorary Research Associate at CASA (University College London) where she worked as a post-doc (2014-2017) and at the laboratory Géographie-cités, from which she worked at a PhD student (2011-2014), under the supervision of Denise Pumain.


  • Economic inequality and urban segregation
  • Comparative analysis of urban scaling and systems of cities
  • Spatio-Temporal Modelling of Urban Dynamics
  • Urban Shrinkage and post Soviet urbanisation


  • Since January 2018 | Researcher CNRS at CMH
  • 2014-2017 | Research Associate at CASA (University College London)
  • 2012-2014 | Teaching Assistant at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • 2011-2014 | PhD Student in Geography at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne


  • 2018 | Accredited researcher from the CASD to access French personal secured data
  • 2016 | Secondary advisor for research students (University College London)
  • 2016 | Accredited researcher from the ONS to access British personal secured data
  • 2015 | Ph.D. award in Regional Science « Philippe Aydalot »
  • 2015 | CNU (Teaching) Qualification, section 23
  • 2011-2014 | Ph.D. contract with University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne


  • Since 2015 | Member of the editorial board of Cybergeo Cybergeo
  • Since 2014 | Scientific reviews for Cybergeo (x9), PLoS-ONE (x5), Environment and Planning B (x4), Cities (x2), Geoinformatica (x2), International Journal of Geographical information Science (x2), Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation (JASSS), Transaction of the Institute of British Geographers, Computer, Environment and Urban Systems, Papers in Regional Science, Big Data and Society, Journal of Archaeological Science, International Regional Science Review, Geosciences, Regional Statistics, Europa Regional, Miscellanea Geographica, Geographie Economie et Société, L’Espace Géographique, Routledge Editions.

Participation to research projects

  • 2019-2020 | Project Cities Partnership Programme. University College London. PI : Elsa Arcaute & Clémentine Cottineau.
  • 2018-2020 | DARES Project "L’entreprise en négociation". Centre Maurice Halbwachs. PI : Claudre Didry & Philippe Askénazy.
  • 2015-2020 | EPSRC Project Urban Dynamics Lab (UDL). PI : Alan Penn, Philip Treleaven, Paul Longley, Michael Batty & Alan Wilson.
  • 2014-2015 | ERC Project MECHANICITY. PI : Michael Batty.
  • 2011-2017 | ERC Project GeoDiverCity. PI : Denise Pumain.

Peer-reviewed papers
Cottineau C., Arcaute E., 2020, "The nested structure of urban business clusters", Applied Network Science, Vol. 5, No. 2,

Raimbault J., Chasset P.-O., Cottineau C., Commenges H., Pumain D., Kosmopoulos C., Banos A., 2019, “Empowering open science with reflexive and spatialised indicators”, Environment and Planning B,

Schneider C., Cottineau C., 2019, “Decentralisation versus Territorial Inequality : A Comparative Review of English City Region Policy Discourse”, Urban Science, 3(3), 90, DOI :

Cottineau C., Vanhoof M., 2019, “Mobile Phone Indicators and Their Relation to the Socioeconomic Organisation of Cities”, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 8(1), 19, DOI :

Cottineau C., Finance O., Hatna E., Arcaute E., Batty M., 2018, "Defining urban clusters to detect agglomeration economies", Environment and Planning B - Urban Analytics and City Science, DOI : 10.1177/2399808318755146.

Finance O., Cottineau C., 2018, "Are the absent always wrong ? Dealing with zero-values in urban scaling", Environment and Planning B - Urban Analytics and City Science, DOI : 10.1177/2399808318785634

Cottineau C., 2017, “MetaZipf. A dynamic meta-analysis of city size distributions.”, PLoS One, 12(8), DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0183919

Cura R., Cottineau C., Swerts E., Ignazzi C. A., Bretagnolle A., Vacchiani-Marcuzzo C., Pumain D., 2017, “The old and the new. Qualifying city systems in the world with classical models and new data”, Geographical Analysis, DOI:10.1111/gean.12129 -> Online

Cottineau C., 2017, « Peut-on estimer la singularité des villes (post-)soviétiques ? », Revue d’économie régionale et urbaine (RERU), n° 1/2017, pp. 5-32, Armand Colin. Astract

Cottineau C., Hatna E., Arcaute E., Batty M., 2016, « Diverse cities or the systematic paradox of Urban Scaling Laws », Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Vol. 59. DOI : 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2016.04.006, Online

Cottineau C., 2016, « A multilevel portrait of shrinking urban Russia », Espace populations sociétés, 2015/3-2016/1, Special Issue on Spaces in Depopulation,Online

Cottineau C., Reuillon R., Chapron P., Rey-Coyrehourcq S., Pumain D., 2015, "A Modular Modelling Framework for Hypotheses Testing in the Simulation of Urbanisation.", Systems, 3, Special Issue Agent-Based Modelling of City Systems, 348-377. DOI : 10.3390/systems3040348 Online

Cottineau C., Chapron P., Reuillon R., 2015, “Growing models from the bottom up. An evaluation-based incremental modelling method (EBIMM) applied to the simulation of systems of cities”, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation (JASSS), Vol. 18, No. 4, 9. DOI : 10.18564/jasss.2828. Online

Chérel G., Cottineau C., Reuillon R., 2015, « Beyond Corroboration : Strengthening Model Validation by Looking for Unexpected Patterns. », PLoS ONE 10(9), e0138212. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0138212

Pumain D., Swerts E., Cottineau C., Vacchiani-Marcuzzo, Ignazzi A., Bretagnolle A., Delisle F., Cura R., Lizzi L., Baffi S., 2015, « Multilevel comparison of large urban systems », Cybergeo : European Journal of Geography, document 706

Cottineau C., 2013, « An intermediate system. Trajectories of Russian cities between general dynamics and specific histories. », L’Espace géographique (English Edition), vol. 41, No., 3, pp 247-265.

Cottineau C., 2011, " Processus de métropolisation dans l’espace frontalier post-soviétique : l’exemple de Rostov-sur-le-Don ", Cybergeo : European Journal of Geography, Espace, Société, Territoire, document 563

Other scientific productions
Baffi S., Cottineau C., (2020). "What is emerging ? Understanding Urbanisation Dynamics in BRICS Countries Through a Geographical Approach, the Case of Russia and South Africa", in D. Pumain, Theories and Models of Urbanization, Springer, pp. 209-234,

Cottineau C., Chapron P., Le Texier M., Rey‐Coyrehourcq S., (2019). "Incremental Territorial Modeling", in D. Pumain, Geographical Modeling, Cities and Territories, Vol.2, ISTE Publishing, pp. 95-123,

Cottineau C., Frost I., 2018, "The Russian Urban System : Evolution Engaged with Transition", in Rozenblat C., Pumain D., Velasquez E. (Eds) : International and Transnational Perspectives on Urban Systems, Springer-Singapore, pp263-284.

Cottineau C., 2014, L’évolution des villes dans l’espace post-soviétique. Observation et modélisations., Doctoral Dissertation – Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Cottineau C., 2014, « DARIUS Database », Urban Database of harmonised population in the Former Soviet Union, 1840-2010, Figshare, Online

Cottineau C., 2014, « Piketty T., 2013, Le capital au XXIe siècle, Seuil, Coll. « Les livres du nouveau monde », 970 p. », Cybergeo : European Journal of Geography [En ligne], Book review Online

Cottineau C., 2014, "Du Général au Particulier. Comment modéliser le système des villes post-soviétiques ?", Scientific Poster presented during ISC-PIF inauguration, March 6th 2014,

Avila de Sousa S., Cottineau C., Dietersdorfer L., Fernandez Agueda B., Gonul D., Hoemke M., Jaroszewska E., Lella I., Mykhnenko V., Prada Trigo J., Schmitz S., Volkmann A., Wiechmann T., Wolff M., 2012, "Mapping urban shrinkage in Europe", Final Report, Training School at Dortmund Technical University, Department of Spatial Planning and Planning Theory (ROP), Nov 14-18th 2011, 31p

Cottineau C., 2011, « Baron M., Cunningham-Sabot E., Grasland C., Rivière D., Van Hamme G. (dir), 2010, Villes et régions européennes en décroissance. Maintenir la cohésion territoriale, Paris, Lavoisier, Série Aménagement et Gestion du territoire, 345 p. », Cybergeo : European Journal of Geography [En ligne], Book review, Online

Droujinine A. G., Kirsanova N. V., Cottineau C., 2010, " Identifikatsiya reguional’nykh metropoliï youga Rossii (kartografitcheskoe modelirovanie na osnove gis-tekhnologii) ", Youjno-Rossiiskiï Forum, n°1, 153-157

Communications at international conferences
European Colloquium on Theoretical and Quantitative Geography (2013, 2015, 2017)
Conference on Complex Systems (2013, 2015, 2018)
Regional Studies Association Conference (2017, 2018, 2019)
Royal Geographical Society Annual Meeting (2016, 2019)
Association of American Geographers (2012, 2014)
International Geographical Union Conference (2013)
Urbanics (2017)
Geocomputation (2017)
DataNatives (2017)
Alpbach European Forum, Technology Symposium (2015)
Edinburgh Science Festival (2016)

Seminars to scientific institutions

  • 2019. TU Delft, Urban Studies group, Delft (Netherlands)
    . Tongji University, College of Architecture and urbanism, Shanghai (China)
    . INSERM, Faculty of social epidemiology, Paris (France)
    . INRA-CEASER, Seminar of Social sciences, Dijon (France)
  • 2018. EHESS, Social Science and Food behaviour seminar, Paris (France)
    . INSEE, French Statistical Office meeting, Montrouge (France)
    . ISCPIF, Complex Systems Institute, Paris (France)
  • 2017. University College London, CASA Seminar, London (UK)
    . Alan Turing Institute Seminar, London (UK)
  • 2016. CybergeoNetworks, Paris (France)
    . Cities as Complex Systems – Structure, Scaling and Economics, Hanover (Germany)
  • 2015. Metropolitan Forum on Future Cities, Seoul (South Korea)
    . Quanturb, Statistical Physics and Cities, Paris (France)
  • 2014. University College London, CASA Seminar, London (UK)
  • 2013. University of Kherson, Geoforum, Kherson (Ukraine)
  • 2012. Moscow State University MGU, Geography department, Moscow (Russia)