Samuel Benkimoun is a PhD student in Geography at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris, France), also working as scientific secretary for the CSH.
As a scientific secretary, he is in charge of assisting the direction with events organization, maintaining the website and CSH’s communication tools (newsletters and social networks) as well as managing its databases (publications, GIS data etc.).
In research, he is focusing on topics implying geography and health issues, and on spatial analysis methods. His PhD dissertation will discuss the potential links between infectious diseases spreading and some urban dynamics such as people mobilities or neighborhood disparities, in emerging countries metropolis. This work will mostly rely on a quantitative, GIS-based, modelling approach, and the city of Delhi will serve as main example.
He previously worked on similar problematics at the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) in Reunion Island, writing a master degree dissertation about spatial modelling of vector-borne diseases, and then working on modelling biting-midges population dynamics.