The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (INRAE) is a public research establishment under the dual authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Research.
INRAE is recruiting researchers by open competition and offering permanent position.
It is a major player in research and innovation created on 1st of January 2020. INRAE is a research institute resulting from the merger of INRA and IRSTEA. It is a community of 12,000 people with more than 200 research units and 42 experimental units located throughout France.
The institute is among the world leaders in agricultural and food sciences, in plant and animal sciences, and is 11th in the world in ecology and environment. INRAE’s main goal is to be a key player in the transitions necessary to address major global challenges. In the face of the increase in population, climate change, scarcity of resources and decline in biodiversity, the institute develops solutions for multiperformance agriculture, high quality food and sustainable management of resources and ecosystems.
Work environment, missions and activities
The mission of the Selmet Joint Research Unit is to understand, evaluate and support the participation of family, pastoral and mixed livestock farms in the sustainable development of territories and food systems with regard to global and local issues. Within the unit's theme 2 on the food transition and new forms of sustainable development of livestock, you will analyse how food quality is built in relation to the spatial-temporal environments and the dynamics of sociotechnical systems based around livestock activities. In particular, you will focus on the question of understanding the diversity of the territorial anchoring of agri-food productions, and on how heterogeneous actors proceed over time by mobilizing a variety of resources. It will be necessary to analyze how these dynamics contribute to the construction of food quality in all senses, to the transformation of food sectors and networks, how they generate learning processes and the hybridization of local knowledge, but also what are their potential consequences on the coexistence of agricultural and food models. In vulnerable, less urbanized, Mediterranean areas, it is necessary to understand these territorialisation, de-territorialisation and re-territorialisation processes to support the agro-ecological transition and sustainable development.
This participatory research will draw on the cross-sectional analysis of case studies. You will mobilize both semi-structured interviews with stakeholders, participatory observations of agricultural and processing activities, as well as the organization of groups of stakeholders. Qualitative analyses of the discourse, diachronic analyses and spatial diffusion to represent the interlocking of scales will be the preferred means of processing the data.
You will be part of LRDE, a Corsican laboratory dedicated to studying the conditions of extensive livestock sustainability with considerable scientific knowledge on the subject of food territorialisation, and where the themes of pastoralism and animal health are also addressed. You will join the multidisciplinary research collective DEFIT (geography, economics, sociology, animal science on livestock farming systems, management sciences) that will allow you to build a strong disciplinary foothold through exchanges with the 4 geographers already present, while generating knowledge at the interface with other disciplines.
You will join research networks in Corsica (UMR LISA University of Corsica CNRS), mainland France (LER Lyon 2, UMR Territoires, UMR Innovations), Europe (ERG SYAL and ERSA networks), and the Mediterranean area (Southern Europe, Maghreb). You will participate in one of the major topics of the INRAE-CIRAD "Ambition Corsica" programme: "Understanding, managing and exploiting food quality in relation to territories".
Training and skills
Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent.
Skills in human geography (economics, social, cultural) or regional economics are highly recommended, as well as the ability to develop a systemic approach of rural dynamics in the long term.
Good knowledge of agricultural systems and practices, particularly livestock activities would be appreciated, oriented if possible towards the construction of food quality.
Candidates should have a good command of English, and long-term international experience would also be desirable. Successful candidates who have not yet acquired this experience abroad will be required to do so after their probationary period (1st year).
INRAE's life quality
By joining our teams, you benefit from:
- 30 days of annual leave + 15 days "Reduction of Working Time" (for a full time);
- parenting support: CESU childcare, leisure services;
- skills development systems: training, career advise;
- social support: advice and listening, social assistance and loans;
- holiday and leisure services: holiday vouchers, accommodation at preferential rates;
- sports and cultural activities;
- collective catering.