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 »

Béatrice Cointe

Sociologist - CNRS Researcher | | Béatrice Cointe’s research explore the relations between environmental concerns and the organisation of the economy. Relying on the ethnography of science and the sociology of economics and markets, she focuses on the part played by economics and natural science. She… More about »

Jérôme Denis

Sociologist - Professor. Director of the CSI | | 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 is an Associate Professor at the Centre de sociologie de l’innovation, Mines-ParisTech, PSL University. At the intersection of economic sociology and Science and Technology Studies, her work has focused on business models, the valorization of public research and markets for bio- and… More about »

Brice Laurent

Sociologist | | Brice Laurent is a researcher at the CSI and director of the Social Sciences, Economy and Society Department of the French National Agency for Environmental, Food and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES). His research interests focus on the relationship between… More about »

Alexandre Mallard

Sociologist - Senior Researcher | | 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 »

Clément Marquet

Sociologist | | Clément Marquet’s research focuses on the materiality of the digital technical system. Using methods and theories from the social studies of science and technology, he is interested in the political, social and environmental tensions caused by the installation of digital… 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, low… More about »

Fabian Muniesa

Sociologist - Research Director | | Fabian Muniesa is a Research Director (Professor) at Mines Paris – PSL (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… More about »

David Pontille

Sociologist - CNRS Senior Researcher | | David Pontille développe des travaux au croisement des études des sciences et des techniques, de l’anthropologie de l’écriture, et de l’ethnographie du travail. Ses recherches s’organisent en trois thèmes : les pratiques d’écriture dans différents milieux professionnels, les technologies d’évaluation… 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

CNRS Senior Researcher | | Didier Torny joined CSI in 2016, where he keeps on doing fieldwork on a political economy of academic publication, especially with David Pontille and Victoria Brun. He is also project officer at the CNRS Open Science Direction, member of the… 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 »

Antoine Hennion

Sociologist - Honorary member | | Antoine Hennion joined the CSI in 1974 as a student at the École des Mines, with a research grant to study the record industry. Conducted under the supervision of Pierre Vignolle, the work focused on two small record companies, already… 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

Sonia Kouki

Administrative manager | | Sonia Kouki is CSI’s administrative manager. More about »

Florence Paterson

Research Engineer | | Florence Paterson is a sociologist and research engineer at CSI-i3. Her main areas of interest are the sociology and anthropology of medicine and disability. She has conducted research on the ethics and distributive justice in action in the field of… More about »

Frédéric Vergnaud

CNRS Research Engineer | | Frédéric Vergnaud is a Research Engineer at the CNRS. He holds a double master’s degree in Sociology (University of Paris V Sorbonne) and in Computer Science (University of Marne-la-Vallée). He joined the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation in 2003. In… More about »

PhD candidates

Hafid Ait Sidi Hammou

PhD Candidate | | Title of the thesis: The role of data in the sustainable maintenance of public networks. Supervisor: Jérôme Denis. As so-called "smart territories" projects have multiplied in recent years, data is becoming a public policy issue at the local level. This issue is particularly sensitive for a little-known field: the maintenance of networks (water or energy networks, for example). [...] More about »

Victoria Brun

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: The forms of valuation of research. Supervisor: David Pontille. Since the 1990s, there has been a succession of public policies encouraging the "valorisation of public research". This consists of opening up the use of research results to beneficiaries other than academic actors, by defending the merits of a "return to society" of tax-funded research. It benefits from dedicated services and funding schemes, presenting valorisation activities as career enhancement or civic involvement on the part of research staff. This thesis claims to define (in the double sense of delimiting and qualifying) valorization and to show how it is the result of a distributed work that redraws the boundaries of scientific activity. [...] More about »

Lauranne Chaignon

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Scientific contribution and the making of evaluation: the case of highly cited researchers. Supervisor: David Pontille. More about »

Abdoulaye Diaw

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: The construction of the contemporary bulk market in France. Study of the relations between the initiatives of the supply actors, the market devices, and the consumers' practices. Supervisor: Alexandre Mallard. This dissertation focuses on the construction of contemporary bulk markets in France. The "contemporary" bulk buying and selling, breaking away from "traditional bulk", is being thought of and carried out today through new technical and technological devices. [...] More about »

Clément Foutrel

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Financing strategies and practices for nature conservation. A study of the marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean basin Supervisor: Fabian Muniesa Adopting both Science and Technology Studies (STS) and political anthropology perspectives, I study the different financing… More about »

Guillaume Louvet

PhD Candidate | | Title of the thesis: Investing for “mineral sovereignty”. France’s critical metals supply policies. Supervisers: Brice Laurent and Béatrice Cointe. More about »

Louison Magro

PhD Candidate | | Titre de la thèse : Creating a common label out of a collective production between State and activist mechanisms: Open Food Facts at the heart of the making of environmental labelling. Supervisors: Alexandre Mallard and Clément Marquet. More about »

Léone-Alix Mazaud

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: What data for urban biodiversity ? Equiping architectural and urban design practice for more sensitivity to living beings. Supervisor: Jérôme Denis More about »

Allyson Pallisser

PhD Candidate | | hesis title: Retail as a producer of “street sense”: the objectification of the positive externalities of retail in the city. Supervisor: Alexandre Mallard More about »

Guilhaum Panas

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Digital platforms and access to agroequipments for Mexican family famers . Supervisors: Frédéric Goulet (CIRAD-UMR Innovation, Montpellier) and Liliana Doganova (CSI-I3). More about »

Orso Roger

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Designing and managing the future: foresight practices as a strategic “dispositif” Supervisors: Liliana Doganova (thesis supervisor) and Benjamin Cabanes (maître de thèse) For several decades, organizations have been implementing foresight methods with the aim of integrating long-term considerations into their activities and strategies. In 2017, the Vinci Group launched the Leonard platform to conduct such foresight initiatives. This thesis proposes to investigate the practices within this platform in order to understand how future-oriented thinking influences the realms of economics and entrepreneurial life. [...] More about »

Solène Sarnowski

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: The digital accompaniment of people’s investigations aimed at the ecological transition Under the joint supervision of Jean-Samuel Beuscart (SES, Télécom-Paris) and David Pontille (CSI, Mines Paris-PSL). My thesis focuses on people’s ecological concerns and how they investigate to… More about »

Carole-Anne Tisserand

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: How does the organization of participation bodies in the territory “of the future” perform its public? The construction of a smart territory and of a territory “of the future”, Île-de-France Supervisor: Brice Laurent In 2019, the Île-de-France Region… More about »


Lisa Claussmann

Postdoctoral researcher | | Lisa Claussmann joined the CSI as a postdoctoral fellow in February 2024. She is currently working on a research project on the underground storage of carbon dioxide in France and Norway, as part of the SESAME project, funded by the… More about »

Kewan Mertens

Marie Curie Postdoctoral research fellow | | Kewan joined the CSI as a postdoctoral researcher and Marie Curie Research Fellow (MSCA-IF) in December 2021. His interdisciplinary background provides him with an in-depth knowledge of environmental economics as well as geography and environmental sciences. He will be working… More about »

Roman Solé-Pomies

Postdoctoral researcher | | Roman Solé-Pomies is a postdoctoral researcher studying the anticipation of futures in debates about mining and energy infrastructures, more specifically the notion of critical mineral resources in transition scenarios, within the programme et équipement prioritaire de recherche “Sous-sol bien commun”… More about »

Alexandre Violle

Postdoctoral Research Fellow | | Alexandre Violle joined the CSI as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in November 2023. He is coordinating a five-year research project entitled "Anticipation: the futures of French subsoil use" carried out by research teams from three partner institutions: Ecole des Mines de Paris, IMT Mines Alès and Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM). More about »

Associated researchers

Marie Alauzen

Associated researcher | | Marie Alauzen’s work interweaves social studies of science and technology, the sociology of the state and law, and the anthropology of writing and reading. Her publications analyze administrative technologies, which bring about a change in the way the state is… More about »

Daniel Florentin

Associated researcher | | Daniel Florentin is a lecturer in environment and urban studies at Institut Supérieur d’Ingénierie et de Gestion de l’Environnement (ISIGE, Mines Paris Tech). His research interest for the past ten years has been in urban infrastructures, particularly urban water, energy… 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

Aline Boeuf

Visiting researcher - Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Sociological Research (ISR) of the University of Geneva | | Title of the thesis: Studying care and monitoring objects in the context of ageing at home. Under the supervision of Cornelia Hummel (IRS, Université de Genève) and Madeleine Akrich (CSI, Mines Paris – PSL). My research interests focus on the… More about »

Peter Karnøe

Visiting scholar. Professor | Department of Planning, Aalborg University Copenhagen, DIST - Center For Design, Innovation, and Sustainable Transition. | | My long-standing interest in innovation has been driven by a question of ‘how agency and novelty of ideas,  concerns and technologies co-produce and stabilize their existence in dynamic sociotechnical agencements’. My perspectives have been STS and Science, Technology and Innovation.… More about »

Alexandra Kowalski

Visiting scholar. Central European University, Vienne | | Project 2023-24: “Following ANT: an intellectual history of Actor-Network Theory”.  The project is to research and write the intellectual genesis and international history of “actor-network theory” between the 1970s and the present. Alexandra Kowalski is currently a visiting scholar at… More about »

Invited researchers archives

Année 2024 BRONSON Kelly (April-May), Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Science and Society, University of Ottawa, Canada. 2023 MOMMERSTEEG Brett (May-July), Ph.D. candidate, Urban Anthropology – Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany. ENGEN Stine (January-June), Doctoral… More about »

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