Professor Denis Eckert | Researcher

Mobilities, Migrations, Reconfiguration of Spaces
Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, D-10117 Berlin
Email: eckert  ( at ) Tel: 030 / 2093 70 718
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Home Institution : CNRS | Position : Forschungsdirektor | Disciplines : Urban Geography , Geography |


Denis Eckert has worked in various research centres in France, Russia and Germany (Montpellier, Paris, Toulouse, Moscow, Berlin), successively as a senior researcher and then as a research director at the CNRS. He has also been recently a visiting fellow in Montreal (CIRST 2015) and Leipzig (Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde 2015-2016). He has held various responsibilities (director of UMR, journal) and has been a member of various research evaluation bodies (National Research Agency, CNRS National Committee) and programme juries.

For 12 years he directed the online journal "Mappemonde" devoted to the question of the image and the map.

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Keywords: Ukraine, Russia and Eastern Europe • Geography of science and innovation • Cities & knowledge • Cartography and vizualisation of spatialized data


Denis Eckert works on regional and urban geography issues, in two different fields. His first focus is on the territorial dynamics of Central and Eastern Europe, and in particular on the "in-between states" such as Ukraine, at the crossroads of the influence zones of Russia and the European Union. He has recently published on the history of border areas and on the Donbass crisis zone, and is conducting field work on youth migration (including students). He coordinates a small group of researchers at the Marc Bloch Centre who, within the framework of the "Migrations, Mobilités, Reconfiguration des Espaces" cluster, are particularly interested in Eastern Europe and its evolution in contemporary times, defining it as a space of uncertainty where the populations' "waiting horizons" are to be built by individuals, in the absence of stable perspectives proposed by the State.


In addition, he works on the geographical dynamics of the academic world, and particularly on the territorial anchoring of research activity. He has directed numerous projects in this field (ANR Géoscience, Labex SMS projects in Toulouse) in an interdisciplinary framework (geography, sociology, history) in the field of "Sciences and Technology Studies". He worked on this subject both on a global scale, on the evolution of "cities of science" and on national case studies (Russia, Germany).


It is also very involved in the reflection on visualization and mapping, particularly with regard to "online" geovisualization tools.






Eckert D. (2012), Le monde russe (The Russian World), 3d edition, Paris: Hachette, 254 p. [first editions : 2004 and 2007]

Brunet R., Eckert D., Kolossov V., dir. (1995), Atlas de la Russie et des pays proches Montpellier-Paris: Reclus - La Documentation Française, 208 p. ISBN 2-11-003428-9

Editorial of Books & Special Issues

Eckert D., Baron M., eds (2013), « La science, l’espace et les cartes », special issue, M@ppemonde, n°110 ; ISSN 1769-7298

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


Еккерт Д. (2019). Українські кордони: сучасний стан і проблеми. Український географічний журнал


Maisonobe, M., Jégou, L., & Eckert, D. (2018). Delineating urban agglomerations across the world: a dataset for studying the spatial distribution of academic research at city level. Cybergeo : European Journal of Geography, (871).

Eckert, D. (2017). « L’Ukraine ou les contours incertains d’un Etat européen ». L’Espace Politique 33(3).

Eckert, D., & Lambroschini, S. (2017). La ligne de démarcation entre le Donbass et le reste de l’Ukraine. M@ppemonde, (119).

Maisonobe, M., Grossetti, M., Milard, B., Jégou, L., & Eckert, D. (2017). The global geography of scientific visibility: a deconcentration process (1999-2011). Scientometrics.

Maisonobe, M., Eckert, D., Grossetti, M., Jégou, L., & Milard, B. (2016). The world network of scientific collaborations between cities: domestic or international dynamics? Journal of Informetrics, 10(4), 1025–1036.

Maisonobe, M., Grossetti, M., Milard, B., Eckert, D., & Jégou, L. (2016). L’évolution mondiale des réseaux de collaborations scientifiques entre villes : des échelles multiples. Revue française de sociologie, 57(3), 417–441.

Grossetti M., Eckert D., Jegou L., Gingras Y., Lariviere V., Milard B. (2014), « Cities and the geographical deconcentration of scientific activity : a multi-level analysis of publications (1987-2007) », Urban Studies, 51(10) 2219–2234, doi: 10.1177/0042098013506047

Martin-Brelot H., Grossetti M., Eckert D., Gritsai O.,  Kovacs Z. (2010) « The spatial mobility of the 'creative class' : a European perspective », International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Volume 34, Issue 4, Pages 725–1007

Contribution to Edited Volumes

Eckert, D., Gouzévitch D., Gouzévitch I., et Pane M.-N. 2018. « La Russie, construction et crise d’un système scientifique ». in Les ancrages nationaux de la science mondiale XVIIIe-XXIe siècles, édité par M. Kleiche-Dray. Paris: Editions des Archives Contemporaines - Presses de l’IRD, p. 323‑54.

Eckert, D., Grossetti M., Jégou L., et Maisonobe M. (2018). « Les villes de la science contemporaine, entre logiques locales, nationales et globales. Une approche bibliométrique ». in Les ancrages nationaux de la science mondiale XVIIIe-XXIe siècles, édité par M. Kleiche-Dray. Paris: Editions des Archives Contemporaines - Presses de l’IRD, p. 37‑64

Grossetti, M., Eckert, D., Maisonobe, M., & Tallec, J. (2016). Four Commonly Held Beliefs About the Geography of Scientific Activities. In R. Shearmur, C. Carrincazeaux, & D. Doloreux (Eds.), Handbook on the Geographies of Innovation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Baron, M., Maisonobe, M., Jégou, L., & Eckert, D. (2015). Villes européennes et production scientifique mondiale. In D. Pumain & M.-F. Mattei (Eds.), Données urbaines 7 (Economica, Anthropos, pp. 285–296). Paris. 

Eckert D., Murie A., Musterd S. (2010), « Pathways in Europe », in Making Competitive Cities, Musterd S., Murie A., Kovacs Z. (eds), London : Wiley-Blackwell, p. 35-42