Academic Profile

Julien Migozzi is a Research Associate at the School of Geography and the Environment. As an economic and urban geographer, he holds a PhD from the University of Grenoble Alpes (2020). He is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, where he obtained a MA in Geography (2014) and completed his graduate studies by passing the agrégation, the most selective examination in geography in France.

His research lies at the intersection of financial geography, urban studies and economic sociology. He explores the digitalization of markets, focusing on the interplay between finance and real estate, to understand how technologies and digital platforms reconfigures market dynamics, affects class structures and produces new geographies of housing, especially in cities of the Global South.

Julien's work involves mixed methods, where he combines qualitative approaches (interview, participant-observation) with computational and spatial analysis, relying on open source tools.

His PhD thesis examined how the financialization and the digitalization of the housing market renewed patterns of social stratification and urban segregation in Cape Town, South Africa. Using in-depth fieldwork and computational methods, his dissertation underlines in particular how the rise of credit scoring technologies and the spatial distribution of mortgages are critical factors in the making of the middle class and the evolution of urban space in the post-apartheid city.

Current Research

Julien is currently involved in the ERC funded project 'Cities in Global Financial Networks: Finance and Development in the 21st Century' led by Professor Dariusz Wójcik. He studies financial and urban networks, international trade in financial services and the growing role of financial technologies (FinTech) in cities of the Global South (South Africa, India, Nigeria). The CityNet21 project will culminate in the world's first Atlas of Finance, to be published by Yale University Press in 2021.

While completing his MA, he previously worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Wellington (New Zealand) and at the French Institute of Research for Development (New Caledonia).

He is affiliated to CNRS research units Géographie-Cités (University of Paris & University Panthéon-Sorbonne) and PACTE (University Grenobles Alpes). During his doctoral studies, he was a Visiting PhD Student at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town.

Teaching

Julien has previously worked as a full-time Lecturer at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) and as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Grenoble Alpes. He has taught a variety of courses covering urban & critical geography, mapping, spatial analysis, statistics, qualitative methods for fieldwork, at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

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