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S.F. (Solène) le Borgne

PhD Candidate
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
GPIO : Urban Geographies

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15629
    1001 NC Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Research

    PhD title: "Monitoring Social and Geographic Conditions of Growth and Decline in Cities"
    Supervisors: Pr. Dr. Rivke Jaffe, and Dr. Marco Bontje

    This research is part of the RE-CITY ITN which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813803 and aims at training a new generation of practitioners in the multidisciplinary field of urban shrinkage. The RE-CITY consortium consists of scholars and practitioners from a network of 16 academic and private institutions across Europe, Mexico, USA and Japan. 

    Research fields and expertise

    • Urban geography
    • Urban studies
    • Urban shrinkage
    • Shrinking cities
    • Territorial stigmatisation
    • Sensory urbanism
    • Social capital
    • Postindustrial cities
    • Medium-sized cities
  • Research

    Research methods

    • Ethnography
    • Qualitative methods
    • Survey research
  • Teaching & PhD supervision

    Bachelor thesis supervision (research design workshop and individual supervision)

  • Publications


    • Le Borgne, S. (2023). Re-scaling territorial stigmatization: The Construction and Negotiation of ‘Declining Medium-Sized Cities’ as a Stigmatizing Imaginary in France. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 47(6), 975-994. [details]


    • le Borgne, S. F. (2020). Experiencing urban shrinkage in a declining historical neighbourhood: The role of social capital in residents’ trajectories. In IGU Urban Geography Commission annual meeting
    • le Borgne, S. F., & Warnant, A. (2020). L’aménagement du territoire à l’épreuve de la décroissance. In M. Vanier, S. Cordobès, & X. Desjardins (Eds.), Repenser l'aménagement du territoire: Colloque de Cerisy Berger-Levrault.


    • le Borgne, S. F. (2020). Habiter un centre-ville en déclin: Réseaux de sociabilité et parcours résidentiels. Paper presented at Colloque du Collège International des Sciences Territoriales, Paris, France.

    Talk / presentation

    • le Borgne, S. (speaker) (1-9-2021). Session spéciale: Villes et territoires en décroissance, Colloque de l'Association de science régionale de langue française, Avignon.
    • le Borgne, S. (speaker) (14-7-2021). Social capital and place attachment in shrinking cities: exploring the resident’s capacity to cope with urban shrinkage, International Sociological Association RC21 Antwerp, Antwerp.
    • le Borgne, S. (speaker) (16-6-2021). Territoires et trajectoires de développement : les dynamiques relationnelles comme clé d’analyse renouvelée, Université d'Angers.
    • le Borgne, S. (speaker) (4-6-2021). Special session: Left behind cities, Regional Studies Association Festival.
    • le Borgne, S. (speaker) (28-1-2021). The role of informal social capital in shrinking cities: conceptual and empirical challenges, RN 37 IV Midterm Conference.
    • le Borgne, S. (speaker) (13-10-2020). La décroissance urbaine au quotidien: Interroger le rôle du capital social dans l’expérience de la ville, École Normale Supérieure, Paris.


    • le Borgne, S. (visiting researcher) (1-9-2021 - 31-10-2021). Spatial Foresight (visiting an external institution).
    • le Borgne, S. (visiting researcher) (1-5-2021 - 30-5-2021). Cambridge Architectural Research (visiting an external institution).
    • le Borgne, S. (visiting researcher) (5-1-2020 - 15-3-2020). Universidade Do Porto (visiting an external institution).


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