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

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, valuation… 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 - Research Director | | Fabian Muniesa is a research director (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 stands at the crossroad of science and technology studies, anthropology of writing, and ethnography of work. His work is organized into three topics: writing practices in different professional settings, the evaluation technologies of scientific research (authorship and attribution… 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 »

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

Catherine Lucas

CSI's administrative manager | | Catherine Lucas is the 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

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 »

Victoria Brun

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: The forms of valuation of research. Supervisor: David Pontille. 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 »

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 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 »

Jean Goizauskas

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Building in raw earth and dry stone: a breakthrough innovation? Sociotechnical experiments around construction practices in the process of stabilization. Supervisor: Morgan Meyer 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 »

Roman Solé-Pomies

PhD Candidate | | Thesis title: Maintaining and Foreseeing New Uses: Mutations in Local Governance for Sustainable Road Infrastructures Supervisor: Jérôme Denis 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 »

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 »


Mathieu Baudrin

Post-doc | | Mathieu Baudrin is a sociologist of science and technology. He received his PhD at PSL-Mines ParisTech in 2018 for his dissertation on the long-term maintenance, despite a succession of critical moments, of the aerosol technology and its industry. The thesis… More about »

Quentin Dufour

Post-doc | | Since February 2020, Quentin Dufour holds a postdoctoral position at the CSI and is part of the research project "Socio-Economy of Scientific Publication", which focuses on the transformation of scientific journal publication models in the era of open access. He is particularly interested in how More about »

Alexandre Violle

Post-doc | | Titre du projet post-doctoral : Enquêtes sur l'analyse des pratiques de réplication et de passage à l'échelle des expérimentations dans les domaines de la mobilité autonome et hydrogène, et sur l'usage d'instruments réglementaires de type "regulatory sandbox" More about »

Associated researchers

Marie Alauzen

Associated researcher | | Marie Alauzen defended her doctoral thesis at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation (CSI), under the supervision of Fabian Muniesa, on October 18, 2019. Her doctoral work titled “Unfolding the Platform State. An inquiry into the modernization of French… 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

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2020 MERTENS Kewan (September-December), Post-doc, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Leuven, Belgium. NISSEN Morten (February-June), Professor, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark. REALE Filippo (-April), Research Associate, Institute of Sociology, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 2019… More about »

Justinien Tribillon

Invited researcher, PhD Candidate, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London | | Thesis title – Dirty boulevard, gleaming road: the Boulevard Périphérique of Paris, social construct at the crossroad of technics, aesthetics, and politics Primary supervisor: Prof. Claire Colomb; Secondary supervisor: Prof. Ben Campkin Justinien’s doctoral research aims at understanding the relationships between the socio-professional groups which… More about »