Madeleine Akrich

Engineer, Sociologist | | Madeleine Akrich has devoted most of her work to the sociology of technology, and specifically to users. She has been seeking for further understanding of how innovators, designers and promoters of technical devices construct representations of targeted users and how, by inscribing those representations in the technical and organizational choices that they make, they produce […] More about »

Vincent-Arnaud Chappe

CNRS Researcher | | Vincent-Arnaud Chappe is a sociologist and CNRS researcher. In 2013 he received his PhD in Social Sciences from ENS Cachan, where his doctoral research dealt with the legal recourse instituted by the victims of discrimination at work. His particular focus has been the tensions related to the use of this right, between the victims’ requests […] More about »

Jérôme Denis

Professor | |   Jérôme Denis’ work takes place at the articulation of Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology of Writing and Working Place Studies. His research foregrounds the practical and political dimensions of information infrastructures, which take a crucial part, even though mostly invisible, in contemporary societies. He studies “data work”, investing how information is concretely produced and maintained behind the scenes of  […] More about »

Liliana Doganova

Researcher, Associate professor | | Liliana Doganova’s research lies at the intersection of economic sociology and STS (Science and Technology Studies), and explores market construction processes and valuation devices.   Her work can be divided into three main themes: the valorization of public research; markets, valuation and controversies; the performativity of valuation devices (business models and plans, discounted cash flow […] More about »

Antoine Hennion

Sociologist - Research director | | Antoine Hennion entered the CSI in 1974 as a student trainee, after a master done on the record industry at the École des Mines. Having a PhD in sociology at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (1991), and a training in musicology (Paris IV-Sorbonne), he turned to sociology of culture and innovation. A […] More about »

Brice Laurent

Engineer, Sociologist | | Brice Laurent’s work focuses on the relationships between the making of science and the construction of democratic order. Using an approach based on Science and Technology Studies, his work analyzes the devices that connect research programs, the making of technical objects and the production of various types of publics. The overall objectif is to study […] More about »

Alexandre Mallard

Sociologist, Senior researcher - Director of the CSI | | Alexandre Mallard has carried out his first research in the field of sociology of science and technology. After a PhD thesis studying the coordination of action through instruments, he spent a post doctoral year at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. From 1997 to 2009, he worked at the social […] More about »

Fabian Muniesa

Sociologist - Senior Researcher | | Fabian Muniesa is a senior researcher (professor) at Mines ParisTech (the Ecole des Mines de Paris). Originally trained as a sociologist, he has developped expertise in fields such as science and technology studies, economic sociology, economic anthropology and organization studies. His current areas of interest and research projects include: the sociology of finance, the anthropology […] More about »

David Pontille

Sociologist, CNRS researcher | | David Pontille’s research works are at the crossroad of science and technology studies, workplace studies and anthropology of writing. His first research about scientific authorship aimed at a twofold objective: to specify the formal and informal criteria for name ordering of scientific articles, and to identify conceptions of author that are different both from the literature definition and […] More about »

Vololona Rabeharisoa

Sociologist - Professor | | Vololona Rabeharisoa is interested in the increasing involvement of civil society organizations in scientific and technical activities. She studies the transformative effects of this involvement on the modes of production and dissemination of knowledge, and on the forms of collective mobilization. She is investigating the engagement of patients’ organizations with biomedical research, the governance of […] More about »

Didier Torny

Senior Researcher, CNRS | | Didier Torny’s research works are at the crossroads of the sociology of mobilization, the sociology of law, public policies studies and science and technology studies. On risk and health issues,  his work has underlined the role of alarm raisers in the agenda setting theory, helped to clarify the role of administrations in writing, implementoing and […] More about »

Honorary members

Michel Callon

Engineer, Sociologist - Honorary member | | Michel Callon, Professor of sociology at the Ecole des Mines de Paris, Director of the Centre for the Sociology of Innovation from 1982 to 1994, and Chairman of the 4S (Society for Social Studies of Science) from 1998-1999, is one of the «founders» – with Bruno Latour and John Law – of what is known […] More about »

Bruno Latour

Sociologist - Honorary member | | Bruno Latour, born in 1947 in Beaune, Burgundy, was trained as a philosopher before studying anthropology in Côte d’Ivoire. His first book, Laboratory Life (1979), translated into six languages, applies ethnographic methods to describe the daily functioning of a Californian laboratory. Bruno Latour then worked on relations between Pasteur’s revolution and nineteenth century French society […] More about »

Research engineers and administrative staff

Catherine Lucas

CSI's administration manager | | Catherine Lucas is the CSI’s administration manager. More about »

Florence Paterson

Research Engineer | | Florence Paterson a mené des travaux sur l’éthique et la justice distributive en actes dans le domaine de la transplantation d’organes, en s’intéressant à la production normative des institutions locales qui se chargent de manière concrète de la réalisation de prélèvements d’organes et de leur répartition. Elle s’est intéressée, par ailleurs, aux mobilisations collectives de […] More about »

Frédéric Vergnaud

CNRS Research Engineer | | Frédéric Vergnaud is a research engineer at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research). After obtaining a joint degree in Sociology at the University Paris V Sorbonne and in Computing at the University of Marne-la-Vallée, he joined the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation in 2003.His activities that mainly focus on IT development and quantitative and […] More about »

PhD candidates

Nassima Abdelghafour

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title : Les dispositifs expérimentaux dans les politiques de lutte contre la pauvreté. Vololona Rabeharisoa, surpervisor This research focuses on poverty reduction interventions with experimental features, in developing countries. These interventions tend to be driven by NGOs and global organizations rather than national governments, to locally target individuals rather than large infrastructures, and to […] More about »

Marie Alauzen

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title : Le nouveau corps du Leviathan. Enquête sur l’ergonomie informatique de l’Etat. Fabian Muniesa, supervisor La thèse explore l’informatisation de l’État à travers un assemblage de dispositifs, de pratiques et d’infrastructures qui se complètent, se concurrencent et s’agencent pour former la politique contemporaine de réforme de l’État en France. Le cahier des charges […] More about »

Mathieu Baudrin

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Historiciser la réflexivité industrielle : les aérosols et la couche d’ozone (1974-2014) David Pontille, supervisor In half a century, the spray can, a military technology considered as both dangerous and luxurious, has become an object of mass consumption. Its use is now part of stabilized industrial and domestic practices. The aerosol is a […] More about »

Félix Boilève

PhD Candidate | | Titre de la thèse : Concevoir et fabriquer la compétitivité en Afrique de l’Ouest : enquête sur les interventions d’aide au développement Vololona Rabeharisoa, supervisor Work in progress. More about »

Alexandre Camus

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title : Le bruit de la matière. Comment une école d’ingénieurs investit le futur d’une archive audiovisuelle David Pontille & Dominique Vinck (Université de Lausanne – STS Lab), supervisors Une question est au cœur du mouvement de numérisation des patrimoines culturels : s’agit-il de la libération d’une essence vis-à-vis des contraintes de la matière […] More about »

Ksenia Ermoshina

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: The market of the ITC and the new forms of mobilization: activists as experts, users and consumers Cécile Méadel, supervisor The thesis focuses on the practices of usage of internet and mobile technologies in different forms of mobilizations caracterized by a certain “desintermediation” in comparison to the traditional models: the activists become at […] More about »

Evan Fisher

PhD Candidate | | Titre de la thèse : La répartition des ressources biomédicales à Médecins Sans Frontières. Instaurer des situations d’aide en régime humanitaire Antoine Hennion, supervisor Work in progress. More about »

Julien Merlin

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: The mining of the New Caledonian nickel, knowledges, governance and citizenship Madeleine Akrich, supervisor In the last fifteen years, the New Caledonian mining situation has been transformed in response to the signature of the Nouméa Accords and to the setting up on the territory of two multinationals that have undertaken the construction of […] More about »

Emilie Perault

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Les expérimentations citoyennes dans l’habitat partagé. Vers un renouveau des modes d’habiter ? Alexandre Mallard, supervisor A l’heure des écoquartiers et de la « ville durable », on voit également fleurir en France des initiatives d’habitat partagé portés par des particuliers qui tentent de se frayer un chemin au travers des politiques de planification urbaine. Ces […] More about »

Jean-Baptiste Pons

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: The French Euromarkets (1958-1984) : a policy instrument redefining the State’s role in the French economy Alexandre Mallard, supervisor The aim of the project is to provide a sociological explanation for the development of the French Euromarkets. Our research will focus on the period ranging from the Euromarkets’ creation in 1958 until their […] More about »

Mathieu Rajaoba

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title : Recherche et innovations en agriculture de précision. Enquête de sociologie numérique Madeleine Akrich, supervisor Le projet est réalisé dans le cadre du programme de recherche FORCCAST (Formation par la cartographie des controverses à l’analyse des sciences et des techniques). La thèse se consacre à ce que le numérique fait à l’analyse des controverses. Le point […] More about »

Sophie Tabouret

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Une viticulture sans pesticide ? Analyse des trajectoires et des controverses autour des innovations génétiques en Vigne Antoine Hennion & François Hochereau (INRA – SADAPT) supervisors La thèse est réalisée dans le cadre du projet DAS-REVI, financé par le programme Pesticide (2015-2018) du MEDDE[1] (aujourd’hui intégré dans le plan Ecophyto 2 du Ministère […] More about »

Félix Talvard

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title :Eco-city and smart-city experiments in mobility, energy and infrastructure David Pontille, supervisor The world will count 2,5 billion more urbanites in 2050. We are told that if the future of our cities lies in more growth (economic and demographic), it should be a better and responsible growth: but the technological and political means to achieve that are […] More about »

Thomas Vangeebergen

PhD Candidate (joint supervision) | | Thesis title: Categories of taste. An anthropology of the senses in an industrial and scientific context. Antoine Hennion, supervisor (co-supervisor: Yves Winkin, Université de Liège/CNAM) The project of this research is to gain understanding in the way the food-processing industry mobilizes tools and networks in order to work on an often elusive aspect of its […] More about »

Alexandre Violle

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Étude d’un instrument européen de régulation des banques européennes : le cas de l’Union Bancaire. Fabian Muniesa, supervisor Les 28 et 29 juin 2012, dans une période de crise économique historique, les responsables de la Banque Centrale Européenne et de la Commission européenne Mario Draghi et José Manuel Barroso, pointent la nécessité d’un […] More about »

Guillaume Yon

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Pricing electricity in France in the 1960s Alexandre Mallard, supervisor In recent years, an ambitious research program was progressively built up in order to investigate the economization processes including all the operations an organization of economic entities requires. The first empirical inquiries focused on a particular type of organization omnipresent nowadays: markets. Tim Mitchell’s […] More about »

Post Doc

Associated researchers

Alexandre Delanoë

Associated researchers | | Trois des dernières publications [1] A. Delanoë and S. Galam. Modeling controversies in the press: the case of the abnormal bees’ death. ArXiv e-prints, sep 2012. []. [2] A. Delanoë and L. Draetta. La controverse comme facteur d’émergence d’un champ de recherche technique et scientifique : Le cas de la rfid et du risque d’atteinte à la vie privée. […] More about »

Pierre-André Juven

Associated researcher | | Pierre-André Juven olds a PhD in socioeconomics of innovation form the École des Mines de Paris. He conducted his thesis research at the CSI under the supervision of Vololona Rabeharisoa, and had his viva on October 7, 2014. Over the past four years his research activities focused mainly on the completion of this doctoral thesis. […] More about »

Cécile Méadel

Associated researcher | | Cécile Méadel has devoted most of her work to the uses of communication technologies. Originally trained as an historian, she has focused on the genealogy of the media (radio, HDTV, computing) and especially the way in which designers, retailers and users collectively negotiate technological and political options that subsequently become irreversible, at least for some […] More about »

Kevin Mellet

Associated researcher | | Kevin Mellet is an economic sociologist, researcher at the Social Sciences Department of Orange Labs (Sense).   His research is based primarily on economic sociology and science and technology studies and focuses on digital markets, from the standpoint of market intermediaries, businesses and consumers. He is  interested in issues related to online visibility and reputation, […] More about »

Francesca Musiani

Associated researcher | | Francesca Musiani is a researcher at the Institute for Communication Sciences, French National Centre for Scientific Research (ISCC-CNRS) and an associate researcher at the Centre for the Sociology of Innovation of MINES ParisTech-PSL. She is currently a member of the Commission « Rights and Liberties in the Digital Age » established by the French National Assembly in […] More about »

Anne-Sophie Trébuchet-Breitwiller

Associated researcher | | Anne-Sophie Trebuchet-Breitwiller is a professor at the Institut Français de la Mode. Her PhD thesis, defended in 2011, examined the constitution of the quality of luxury products. Drawing on the examples of perfumes (alternative perfumery as mainstream perfumery) and fine wines (famous vineyards as trading houses), it developed an original theory of the precious and […] More about »

Invited researchers

Invited researchers archives

Year 2017 Luiz ARTHUR, phd, université fédérale de Rio de Janeiro (Brésil) Paula ABREU, professor, université de Coimbra (Portugal) Pepijn VAN EEDEN, phd, université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgique)   Year 2016 Theophilos RIFIOTIS (février à mai), professeur, Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina (Brésil)   Allan TOBIN (septembre à décembre), prof. émérite,  UCLA (Etats-Unis)   Flavien […] More about »