Clémentine Cottineau

PhD in Geography | Specialised in Urban Studies and Complexity Science

@TU-Delft Urbanism @CNRS
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Research Focus

I am interested in the patterns, causes and consequences of inequality in cities. In past research, I have used the framework of complex systems to analyse and model urban evolutions in various contexts and at various spatial and temporal scales (the post-Soviet space, France, London). Going forward, I have two directions of research: 1/ to analyse the dynamics of economic inequality in cities as part of larger (interurban) systems : are cities getting richer, poorer or more unequal at the same pace? in a uniform way or in certain neighbourhoods more than others? What is the impact of intra and interurban migrations of people on the urban environments of origin and destination? and 2/ to develop agent-based models of economic inequality in cities in order to experiment and compare policy scenarios of inequality reduction: are changes to the environments more effective on people than changes on people in specific environments?

Teaching Focus

As a teacher, trainer and supervisor, I am a strong advocate of critical thinking, collaborative and hands-on practice , as well as the use of open source data and softwares. I have mainly taught urban studies and methodology subjects , including urban inequality, urban modelling, statistical and spatial analysis, map-making. I have done so since 2012 in various contexts (university curriculum, summer schools, self-teaching groups) and at various institutions (Univ. Paris 1, UCL, Univ. of Shanghai, CNRS, TU-Delft).


Since 2021 | Editorial board member @ Environment and Planning B, Urban Analytics and City Science

Since 2020 | Assistant Professor in Urban Studies @ TU-Delft, Department of Urbanism

Since 2018 | CNRS Researcher @ Centre Maurice Halbwachs (UMR 8097)

Since 2017 | Editorial board member @ Cybergeo, European Journal of Geography

2014-2017 | Research Associate @ University College London (CASA)

2012-2014 | Teaching Assistant @ University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

2011-2018 | Copy-editor @ Cybergeo, European Journal of Geography

2010 | Research Assistant @ Laboratory Géographie-cités (France)

2010 | Intern @ Federal University of the South (Russia)

2014 | PhD in Geography @ University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Géographie-cités) | Prize Ph. Aydalot in Regional Science 2015

2011 | Master in Geography @ University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

2009 | Degree in Economics @ University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

2009 | Degree in Geography @ University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

2006 | Baccalauréat in Scientific Section @ Lycée François Couperin (France)


Geography and Economics | Urban studies, Spatial Analysis, Geography of inequalities, Economic Geography, Complex Systems Science, Geography of the post-Soviet space

Quantitative Analysis | Database creation and management (accredited to access microdata in the UK, France and the Netherlands), Statistical analysis and modelling, Computer simulation, Interactive Data-Visualisation

Geomatic & Programming | GIS softwares, Automated and manual Mapping, Programming (R, Netlogo, LaTeX, Markdown, Shiny, html)

Teaching and Supervision | Urban studies, Statistics, Spatial Analysis, Agent Based Modelling, Map-making. Supervision of Master and PhD students

Reviews for scienctific journals and book editors | Cybergeo (x16), Environment and Planning B (x6), PLoS-ONE (x5), Cities (x2), International Journal of Geographical information Science (x2), Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation (x2), Geoinformatica (x2), PNAS-Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Urban Studies, Transaction of the Institute of British Geographers, Regional Studies, Computer, Environment and Urban Systems, Royal Society Open Science, Papers in Regional Science, Big Data and Society, Applied Geography, Journal of Archaeological Science, International Regional Science Review, Geosciences, Mathematics, Regional Statistics, Europa Regional, Miscellanea Geographica, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Géographie Economie et Société, L'Espace Géographique, Routledge Editions.

Panel chair Member and Session organizer | Session on Spatial Simulation at ECTQG 2015 and CIST 2018, Panel Chair Member of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment at CCS'17; Program Committee member of the 9th Conference on Complex Networks and their Applications 2020.

Participation in Projects | UCL's Cities Partnerships Programme (2019-2020) | eNegoci - French ministry of Labour (2018-2020) | EPSRC Urban Dynamics Lab (2016-2017) | ERC GeoDiverCity (2011-2016) | ERC MECHANICITY (2014-2015)

Languages | Fluent in French and English, intermediate in Russian and Spanish, beginner in Shona and Dutch

Twitter | @ClementineCttn - Blog |

Peer-reviewed Articles

Cottineau C., 2022, "What do analyses of city size distributions have in common?", Scientometrics,

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

Raimbault J., Cottineau C., Le Texier M., Le Néchet F., Reuillon R., 2019, “Space Matters: Extending Sensitivity Analysis to Initial Spatial Conditions in Geosimulation Models”, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation JASSS, DOI:10.18564/jasss.4136

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, DOI:10.1177/2399808319870816

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

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,

Finance O., Cottineau C., 2018, “Are the absent always wrong? Dealing with zero values in urban scaling”, Environment and Planning B, DOI:10.1177/2399808318785634

Cottineau C., Finance O., Hatna E., Arcaute E., Batty M., 2018, “Defining urban clusters to detect agglomeration economies”, Environment and Planning B, DOI:10.1177/2399808318755146

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, 49(4), DOI:10.1111/gean.12129

Cottineau C. , Hatna E., Arcaute E., Batty M., 2017, “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

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

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

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 on Agent-Based Modelling of City Systems, pp. 348-377, DOI:10.3390/systems3040348

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, 18(4)9, DOI: 10.18564/jasss.2828.

Chérel G., Cottineau C. , Reuillon R., 2015, « Beyond corroboration: strengthening model validation by looking for unexpected patterns. », PLoS One , 10(9), 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. Chinese Translation:

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, document 563.

Дружинин А.Г., Кирсанова Н.В., Котино К. , 2010, « Идентификация региональных метрополий Юга России (картографическое моделирование на основе ГИС-технологии) », Южно-российский форум, № 1, с. 153-157.

Other Publications

Cottineau C. (2020). Capturer la structure hiérarchique des données avec l'analyse multiniveau, Tuto@Mate, tutorial on multilevel modelling,

Cottineau C. (2020). MetaMetaZipf. What do analyses of city size distributions have in common?, arXiv preprint, arXiv:2008.11473.

CoVprehension Collective (2020). "Understanding the current COVID-19 epidemic: one question, one model.", Review of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, COVID-19 thread,

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 under transition”, in D. Pumain, C. Rozenblat & E. Velasquez, International and Transnational Perspectives on Urban Systems, Springer, pp.263-284

Cottineau C. , 2018, "Les échelles de l’inégalité urbaine. Projet de recherche au CMH", Étude et Documents du Centre Maurice Halbwachs, N°017,

Cottineau C. , 2018, "Trois enjeux de durabilité pour les espaces urbains post-soviétiques", Lettre « Les droits de l'homme en Europe orientale et dans l'espace post-soviétique », N°26,

Barner M., Cottineau C., Molinero C., Salat H., Stanilov K. & Arcaute E. (2017). Multiscale Entropy in the Spatial Context of Cities, arXiv preprint, arXiv:1711.09817.

Contributing author of Pumain D., Reuillon R. (eds), 2017, Urban Dynamics and Simulation Models, Springer International Publishing .

Chasset P.-O., Commenges H., Cottineau C. , Raimbault J., 2016, « CybergeoNetworks: 20 years of Cybergeo, European Journal of Geography », & .

Cottineau C. , Morphet R., 2016, “Jean Reynaud: Seer of Space”, CASA Working Papers,

Cottineau C. , Reuillon R., Cura R., 2015, VARIUS : Visualising empirical and simulated Agglomerations of (Imperial) Russia and the Soviet Union », & .

Cottineau C. , 2014, « DARIUS Database », Harmonised urban database of agglomerations in the pot-Soviet space, 1840-2010, Figshare, .

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 », COST-Action Final Report , Training School at Dortmund Technical University, Department of Spatial Planning and Planning Theory (ROP), 14-18 Nov. 2011, 31p.