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Mathilde VIGNAU, Associate-Professor, ESPI2R Unit Research


Mathilde Vignau is a PhD doctor in Geography. She defended her thesis entitled: Towards a Creative Geography: impacts of cultural and creative places, activities, and events on the PACA region’s development in October 2019 at Aix-Marseille Université (AMU) and TELEMMe laboratory. For five years she was a teaching assistant in geography at Aix-Marseille Université. In August 2020, she has joined the ESPI Group in Marseille and the ESPI2R Unit Research as an associate professor in geography, urbanism and planning.

Her study fields deal with urban and economic geography as well as territorial creativity, urban neoliberalism, and critical geography. Her previous activities allowed her to participate in several scientific conferences and seminars in France and abroad (Switzerland, Belgium). For several years, she actively contributed to the life of her former laboratory by co-organising annual "young researchers' days" about transversal and multidisciplinary subjects (history, geography, economics, philosophy, neurosciences).

Her doctoral thesis consisted in evaluating the weight and territorial effects of creative and cultural resources on the development of south-eastern France by adopting a critical approach. Within ESPI2R laboratory, she focuses on two main research axes that are: 1) the links between cities and the pandemic and 2) the perspectives and potentialities of the “zones détendues” (i.e. the areas that are not concern by housing tensions, where the housing are available and the market prices still affordable). In parallel, she is still strongly interested in all scientific projects associating the fields of economic and urban geography with territorial creativity. Several publications on these subjects are currently being edited and should be published soon in academic journals and books.

At the ESPI group,  she teaches several theoretical (urban planning law, operational urban planning, construction law) and methodological courses, continuing an activity that began in 2014 as a teaching assistant in geography.


Journal articles2 documents

  • Mathilde Vignau. Des territoires créatifs via la culture. Population et avenir, Association Population et Avenir 2020, n°750 (5), pp.4. ⟨10.3917/popav.750.0004⟩. ⟨halshs-03016318⟩
  • Mathilde Vignau, Alexandre Grondeau. « Marseille-Provence : European Capital of Culture in 2013 », the double socio-economic face of a cultural labelling policy ». Mouseion – Revista Eletrônica do Museu e Arquivo Histórico La Salle, Unilasalle, 2019, pp.21. ⟨10.18316/mouseion.v0i32.5243⟩. ⟨hal-03355044⟩

Conference papers1 document

  • Mathilde Vignau, Alexandre Grondeau. Résilience et covid-19. Ville et Covid : Vulnérabilités, crise et résilience, Oct 2021, Aix-en-Provence, France. ⟨hal-03359593⟩

Book sections3 documents

  • Mathilde Vignau, Alexandre Grondeau, Tijen Tunali. Arts, culture and neoliberalism: instrumentalization and resistances through the case of Marseille. Art and Gentrification in the Changing Neoliberal Landscape, 2021. ⟨hal-03380477⟩
  • Boris Grésillon, Mathilde Vignau. L’impossible gouvernance de la région métropolitaine Aix-Marseille : une réalité territoriale nuancée par la culture ?. Christophe Demazière; Xavier Desjardins; Olivier Sykes. La gouvernance des métropoles et des régions urbaines. Des réformes institutionnelles aux coopérations territoriales, Editions du PUCA, pp.225-247, 2020, Recherche, 978-2-11-138184-1. ⟨hal-03380484⟩
  • Mathilde Vignau. Marseille : le choix de l'événement créatif pour transformer la ville. Une dichotomie entre résultats escomptés et concrétisations socio-urbaines. Faire la ville par l’événement, Département de géographie et environnement, 2016. ⟨hal-03355034⟩

Theses1 document

  • Mathilde Vignau. Vers une géographie de la créativité : impacts des lieux, des activités et des événements créatifs et culturels sur le développement de la région SUD – Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur.. Géographie. Aix-Marseile Université; TELEMME, 2019. Français. ⟨tel-03188048⟩