Session 1

Central Place Theory and urban hierarchies

About this event

Denise Pumain will present the model of Central Place Theory and its impact on how urban hierarchies and spacing are approached in urban studies and planning.From Christaller’s personal trajectory to the model’s universal features, she will explain how and why this model circulated in academia and policy spheres (either implicitly or explicitly), as well as its relation with previous and subsequent urban models.

Date and time

Mon, 25 October 2021

15:00 – 16:30 CEST

Denise Pumain

Denise Pumain is a geographer, Professor at University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her main scientific contribution is about building an evolutionary theory of urban systems and transferring concepts and models from self-organising complex systems towards social sciences. Founder of the research laboratory P.A.R.I.S. (1984), Director of the UMR Géographie-cités (CNRS 1992-2000), Chair of the Commission on Urban Development and Urban Life of the IGU (1992-2000), Director of the European Research Group S4 (Spatial Simulation for Social Sciences, 2006-2013), Founder and Director of Cybergeo, European Journal of Geography (since 1996), Principal Investigator of the ERC advanced grant GeoDiverCity (2011-2016).