vignette Hanae El Gouj
This thesis named "Analysis, modeling and simulation of road network morphogenesis based on geohistorical data: understanding past patterns to plan future cities" was directed by Claire Lagesse and Cécile Tannier.


The defense will take place in the UFR SLHS (salon Préclin) in Besançon, on december the 15th.

You will also be able to attend the defense by videoconference. If you would like, please contact Hanae El Gouj : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Defense jury

  • Anne Bretagnolle - Professor, University Paris 1
  • Stéphane Douady - Director of Research, CNRS, Laboratory MSC
  • Giovanni Fusco - Director of Research, CNRS, Laboratory ESPACE
  • Claire Lagesse - Lecturer, University of Franche-Comté
  • Julien Perret - Director of Research, IGN, Laboratory LASTIG
  • Cécile Tannier - Director of Research, CNRS, Laboratory ThéMA



Urban morphology results from complex processes, the patterns and logic of which can be deciphered by identifying characteristics of the spatial structure. The complex organization of this structure suggests the presence of an underlying order in urban evolution. In this present work, urban morphology is approached through road network analysis, with a particular interest in the historical context of its development and the structural characteristics induced by its physical layout. Research work is structured along three axes. The first axis presents morpho-historical analyses (from the 17th to the 21st century) of the historical road networks (data provided by historical maps) and contemporary ones (from the BD TOPO), focusing on the cities of Dijon, Besançon and Pontarlier. The second axis focuses on identifying typo-morphologies of ways within the road network and the associated morphological evolution processes. Finally, the third axis presents a new simulation model of road network morphogenesis, namely WayMorph. Planning decisions imply disparities in territorial access that are legible in the network morphology, and affect territorial development. A better understanding of the dynamics leading the evolution of road networks is of major support to territorial planning.