Sophie Buhnik

Chief editor of Japan Analysis

An alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), Sophie Buhnik is a PhD candidate in Urban Studies and Planning at the CRIA (Research Center on Networks, Industry and Planning) at Paris I University and studies Japanese at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO, Paris). A former Visiting Student at Waseda University and Johns Hopkins University, she was awarded in 2010 with a fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and conducted research at the Osaka City University. Since 2008, she belongs to the “PhD Academy” of the Shrinking Cities International Research Network (SCIRN). In 2008-2009, she worked for the DATAR (French Agency for Country Planning and Regional Competitiveness).

She is interested in the relation between demographic transition and mobility issues in shrinking cities of mature industrial countries, Japan in particular. Her research focuses on transportation issues and access to urban resources for residents of declining urban areas in the Osaka Metropolitan Area.




Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

  • BUHNIK S., 2010, "From shrinking cities to toshi no shukushō : identifying patterns of urban shrinkage in the Osaka Metropolitan Area", Berkeley Planning Journal
  • « The Uneven Impacts of Urban Decline in a Japanese Metropolis : Three Scales of Geographic Approach to Urban Shrinkage in the Osaka Metropolitan Area. », in Aveline N., Hsiao M. and Huang L. (dir.), Globalization and Urban Dynamics in Asia (titre provisoire), Capas Monograph Series (to be published)
  • Baron M., BUHNIK S., Cunningham-Sabot E., Ducom E., Fol S., Grasland C., Rivière D., Van Hamme G., (2010), "Introduction. Villes, régions et décroissances", in Baron M., Cunningham-Sabot E., Grasland C., Rivière D., Van Hamme G., (eds), Villes et régions européennes en décroissance. Maintenir la cohésion territoriale, Hermès Lavoisier, Coll. Information Géographique et Aménagement du Territoire
  • BUHNIK S., 2010, "Le fait urbain en Asie", in BENOIT B., SAUSSAC R. (dir.), Le Monde en fiches : l’Asie, Paris, Bréal, 182-195


  • Contribution to the Rapport de l’Observatoire des Territoires 2011, « Dynamiques, interdépendance et cohésion des territoires », Datar, La Documentation Française, Paris
  • « Chapter 2. Urban shrinkage patterns in Japan : the case of the Osaka Metropolitan Area », Martinez-Fernandez C., Kubo N., Noya A. and Weyman T. (dir.), OECD-LEED Report on Demographic Change and Local Development : Shrinkage, Regeneration and Social Dynamics, 2012


TALKS (2011-2012)


  • “Détérioration de l’accès aux ressources urbaines et politiques de maintien de la proximité dans les banlieues japonaises en décroissance », Séminaire CRIA Géographie-cités « Effets du changement démographique et décroissance urbaine au Japon », Université Paris 7 – Diderot, Paris, 19 décembre 2012
  • “Les conséquences de la décroissance urbaine au prisme de l’accès aux services de proximité : l’exemple des « réfugiés du shopping » dans l’aire métropolitaine d’Osaka » (大阪大都市圏における都市の縮小現象による空間的及び社会的変化から見た サービスへのアクセシビリティ問題.泉北ニュータウンのケーススタディ), 10e colloque bi-annuel de la Société Française des Etudes Japonaises (SFEJ)/ フランス日本研究学会, session Géographie-urbanisme, Université Toulouse-Le Mirail, Toulouse, 19-21 décembre 2012
  • « 'Shrinking cities' and 'food deserts' in Japan. », session « Japanese Cities in Global Networks », conférence annuelle de l’Association of American Geographers, New York, 24-28 février 2012
  • « Urban shrinkage patterns in Japan : the Osaka Metropolitan Area’s case », Shrinkage in Europe : causes, effects and policy strategies, COST Meeting, Amsterdam, 16-17 février 2011

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