Victoria Pinoncély is PhD candidate at the Ecole Normale Supérieure - Paris Sciences Lettres. As part of the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie RE-CITY Innovative Training Network, she has joined the Neimed team for six weeks to learn about local initiatives the team is involved in as well as benefit from the team's expertise while progressing on her PhD work.
Victoria's doctoral research focuses on applying the concept of path dependence to urban shrinkage, comparing the current conditions of shrinking cities with their historical evolution in order to gain hindsight on the outcomes of past decisions. As considering the interdependencies between local and national governments is key to grasp how cities have been able to impact trajectories through time, the research will take a comparative perspective to highlight, analyse and explain similarities and differences in experiences and approaches to urban shrinkage in Britain, France and Germany. It will also aim to explore the influence of context, focusing on economic, socio-demographic and institutional dimensions as well as events and people who had a significant impact on the evolution of policy. This will enable the assessment of the extent to which policy has been path dependent.