Madeleine Akrich

Sociologist, Research director | | 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,… More about »

Vincent-Arnaud Chappe

Sociologist, 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… More about »

Jérôme Denis

Professor | | Jérôme Denis’ research focuses on two main objects: data labor and maintenance practices. Based on surveys conducted within companies in different sectors and public administrations, he seeks to understand what is at stake in data manufacturing operations and their relative invisibilization. In… 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,… 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… 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… More about »

Alexandre Mallard

Sociologist, Senior researcher - Director of the CSI | | Alexandre Mallard’s research interest initially focused on the sociology of science and technology. After completing his thesis on the coordination of action through instruments, he spent a post-doctoral year at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in… More about »

Morgan Meyer

Sociologist, CNRS Research Director | | Morgan Meyer’s research focuses on the production of knowledge and technology outside or at the boundaries of scientific institutions. His research concentrates on three main topics: 1) participation and co-production of knowledge (natural history, do-it-yourself biology, open source agriculture), 2)… 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.… 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,… 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… 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 publications has underlined the role of alarm raisers in… 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… 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… More about »

Engineers and administrative staff

PhD candidates

Nassima Abdelghafour

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Experimental setups in poverty alleviation policies. Supervisor: Vololona Rabeharisoa. This research focuses on poverty reduction interventions with experimental features, in developing countries. More about »

Marie Alauzen

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Modernizing the State. An inquiry on the administrative and IT recompositions of the State in France. Supervisor: Fabian Muniesa. Marie Alauzen is a doctoral candidate in STS. Her work focuses on the relationships between the making of the State and the construction of technologies. More about »

Félix Boilève

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Design and making of competitiveness in West Africa: Following some development aid interventions. Supervisor: Vololona Rabeharisoa More about »

Alexandre Camus

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: The sound of matter. How an engineering school invests the future of an audiovisual archive. Supervisors: David Pontille and Dominique Vinck (Université de Lausanne - STS Lab). This issue is at the core of the digitization of cultural heritage movement: is it about the liberation of an essence from the constraints of matter (dematerialization) or a set of more or less radical transformations of content? More about »

Jean Danielou

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: No maps for these territories: The construction of a territory market. Analysis of Engie's Business to territories strategy. Supervisors: Jérôme Denis and Brice Laurent More about »

Quentin Dufour

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Quantifying the national economy. The making of the GDP. Supervisors: Dominique Méda (IRISSO – Université Paris-Dauphine) and Alexandre Mallard (CSI – Mines Paristech). The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) constitutes a basic knowledge of the national economy. Used as an indicator of value added, the GDP allows a country's economic activity and its evolution – referred to as economic growth – to be assessed. The thesis questions the production of this knowledge about the economy. More about »

Evan A. Fisher

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Humanitarian Triage. The responsibilities and competencies of Doctors Without Borders. Supervisor: Antoine Hennion. Through this doctoral research project, I will study the concrete operations that prepare, support, and settle triage decisions in the humanitarian non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF). More about »

Clément Gasull

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: The social and technical setups of blockchains: innovation, valuation and controversies. Supervisor: Fabian Muniesa. The ambition of this thesis is to propose a sociological analysis of the in-the-making innovative process in which are engaging financial institutions, high-tech companies and many different actors. More about »

Cornelius Heimstädt

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title : Imag(in)ing Plant Health: Smartphones and Distributed Experiments in Agriculture. Supervisors: Didier Torny and Liliana Doganova More about »

Mathilde Pellizzari

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: The Social Impact Bond Policy. Supervisors: Liliana Doganova and Fabian Muniesa. More about »

Emilie Perault

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Citizen experiments in shared housing. Towards a renewal of ways of dwelling? Supervisor: Alexandre Mallard. In this thesis, I am interested in two shared housing projects gathering individuals in collectives. More about »

Jean-Baptiste Pons

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: On the borders of offshore finance: the pionneering experience of the Euromarkets (1958-1979). Supervisor: Alexandre Mallard. More about »

Mathieu Rajaoba

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Dataland. The politics of digital agriculture in France. Supervisor: Madeleine Akrich. Digital technologies are emerging in agriculture through research and innovation projects. These technologies are associated with the requirements of precision agriculture. More about »

Loïc Riom

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: The making musical quality.
 Valuation, prescription and expertise in the worlds of music. Supervisor: Antoine Hennion. In the last decade, music worlds have undergone great changes in terms of technology, economy and practices. This research aims to describe how these transformations have changed music valuation, understood both as pricing and appraisal. More about »

Sophie Tabouret

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: A pesticide-free viticulture? Analysis of the trajectories and controversies on varietal innovations. Supervisors: Antoine Hennion and François Hochereau (INRA - SADAPT). This thesis leads to question the introduction of new vine varieties, in connection with the challenge of "greening" agriculture, combined with the redefinition of viticultural practices and the qualification of the wines produced. More about »

Félix Talvard

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Eco-city and smart-city experiments in mobility, energy and infrastructure. Supervisor: David Pontille. 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 yet to be invented. Where is this happening? The subject of this Ph.D is urban innovation in smart- or eco-cities projects, with a focus on mobility and transportation. More about »

Alexandre Violle

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Gouverning a supranational risk: The construction of the European Banking Union. Supervisor: Fabian Muniesa. On 28 and 29 June 2012, in a period of historical economic crisis, the heads of the European Central Bank and the European Commission, Mario Draghi and José Manuel Barroso, pointed to the need for institutional strengthening of the European Union in order to provide it with the means to cope with the financial instabilities experienced since 2007. A few months later More about »


Florian Jaton

Post-doc | | Titre du projet post-doctoral : Designing ‘ground truths’ in asset management firms: An inquiry into algorithmic finance Florian Jaton is a postdoctoral fellow at the CSI, in partnership with the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. His research is supported by… More about »

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… 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… 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… More about »

Francesca Musiani

Associated researcher | | Francesca Musiani (PhD, socio-economics of innovation, MINES ParisTech, 2012), is Associate Research Professor at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) since 2014. She is Deputy Director of the Center for Internet and Society of CNRS, which she co-founded with… More about »

Invited researchers

Invited researchers archives

2019 SARAIVA Joana (-June) PhD Candidate, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Música da Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (PPGM/UNIRIO), Brazil. MACQ Hadrien (January-June) PhD Candidate, Unité de recherche Cité, Faculté de Droit, de Science Politique et de Criminologie,… More about »

Lieselotte Nilce Niebch

Invited student researcher | | Provisional title of the thesis: Tentative Autonomy – Framing the development of autonomous and connected vehicles and their sociopolitical environment through testbeds in Germany and France Under supervision of Sebastian Pfotenhauer (MCTS) and Brice Laurent (CSI) I am finalizing my… More about »