Julien Migozzi

Agrégé Préparateur (AGPR) / Lecturer


Bureau R6-31 (6e étage) / Room R-631 (6th floor)

Email : julien.migozzi[at]ens[dot]fr
CV - Google Scholar Profile - Twitter : @JulienMigozzi


Thèmes de recherche / Research Interests

  • Géographie urbaine et économique / Urban and Economic geography
  • Geographie et sociologie des marchés / Geography & Sociology of markets
  • Marché immobilier, financiarisation, numérisation/ Real estate market, financialization, digitalization
  • Stratification sociale, ségrégation, inégalité/ Social stratification, segregation, inequality
  • Global South, Afrique du Sud, Métropoles émergentes / Global South, South Africa, Emerging global cities
  • Méthode mixte : enquête de terrain, méthodes quantitatives, analyse spatiale / Mixed method : field research, Computational Social Science, spatial analysis


  • Département de Géographie, Ecole Normale Supérieure
  • Université Grenoble Alpes
  • CNRS Research Units : UMR Géographie-Cités 8504, UMR Pacte 5194.

Enseignement / Teaching


PhD Dissertation

My dissertation investigates the financialization and digitalization of the housing market in emerging cities and post-apartheid South Africa, using Cape Town as a case study. Drawing from economic sociology, urban & economic geography, I analyze how the financialization and digitalization of the market unfolds across the urban space and renew patterns and processes of segregation and stratification.

My study draws from 18 months of fieldwork in South Africa, and combines qualitative and quantitative methods :

  • I sourced and created a database of 900,000 georeferenced transactions over a 30-year period, which I merged with longitudinal census-data. Using spatial analysis and computational methods, I unpack the evolutive patterns of market dynamics, most specifically housing prices and credit distribution, to anayse a) how the housing market nurtures neighborhood change and b) how financialization unfolds accross the urban space and renews patterns of urban segregation and social stratification
  • to investigate the functioning and the anatomy of the market, I conducted 90 interviews with expert-practitioners (originators, credit bureaus, real estate agents, property developers and banking representatives, as well as buyers and investors from all social and ethnic backgrounds). Fieldwork also relied on in-depth research in two specific real estate development projetcs, and methods of particitant observation within a real estate agency located in Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s largest black township.


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