The political construction Culture and Nature of the Ocean
I am social scientist, research fellow at the CNRS in France (INSHS/INEE), specialized in Environmental sciences with a focus on decision-making processes and modes of governance related to the management of the environment and natural resources.
I am HDR in environmental sciences (June 2020), PhD in Social Sciences from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and the Ecole normale supérieure (October 2010). I am specialized in the study of political fact and power, first in the realm of Culture and then in that of Nature – the social « great divide » that I explore. After working as a lecturer in anthropology at the University of Western Brittany in Brest (2011-2016), I became a research fellow in political science at the CNRS. I have been a member of the Marine Environmental Sciences Laboratory (LEMAR UMR 6539) where I was dedicated to the study of the relationships between knowledge and power around the forms of regulation and appropriation of seas and oceans in the context of of global change. I am particularly interested in the tensions between the use and conservation of the oceans and the place of communities, the State and new political actors in this process. It is with this in mind that I created and coordinates the ApoliMer research network intended for the development of a political anthropology of the sea, articulated with the natural sciences and engineering sciences. I am developing novel, collective and interdisciplinary ethnographic survey devices, in close interaction with biologists and biogechimists specializing in oceanography as well as with ecological engineers. Together, we work to strengthen the critical study of the fabric of « governance of the sea », in all its forms of practice and representation. My ethnographic data are interpreted within a theoretical framework developed at the interface of natural anthropology, political sociology, sociology of science and resilience / sustainability sciences.
By doing so, I am helping to strengthen the place of environmental humanities and in particular the social sciences of politics in the field of basic and applied ecology. My field work is in the marine and land-sea continuum on Metropolitan France and overseas.