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geographer , university professor

Jacques Lévy is a professor of geography and urbanism at the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne .


Lévy, Jacques was born on October 14, 1952 in Paris, France. Son of Albert Lévy and Fanny Alcalay.


Baccalaureat, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, 1971—1976. Agrégation de Géographie, Paris, France, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, University Paris Denis-Diderot, 1993.


He is the director of Chôros Laboratory and of the Doctoral Program in Architecture and Science of the City. He is the cofounder of the scientific journal Espacestemps.net. He published in French, along with Michel Lussault, the dictionary of geography and space of societies, Dictionnaire de la géographie et de l’espace des sociétés.

Jacques Lévy’s work concerns the spatial dimension of societies, with a focus on political spaces. He developed a new approach on geography in his most comprehensive book L’espace légitime in which he analyzes the geographic dimension of the political function. His researches on the legitimate scale of politics include works on the city, France, Europe and the World.

The notion of urbanity is also central in his work. He also supports the relevance of using non verbal languages as scientific means for researchers, especially cartography and cinema. He is the director of a scientific film named Urbanity/ies.


  • Other Work

    • Co-founder, head editorial board: Espaces Temps Journal, since 1975, scientific advisor: Pouvoirs Locaux Journal, since 1996.


Fellow: Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.


Albert Lévy

Fanny Alcalay