Junior Research Scientist on Sociology

21000 DIJON

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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

CESAER (Centre for Economics and Sociology applied to Agriculture and Rural Spaces) is a joint research unit (INRAE and AgroSup Dijon) composed of 41 full-time or teaching researchers and approximately 30 doctoral students and post-docs. The unifying research theme is the analysis of the economic and social dynamics in rural areas.
You will conduct your research within the “Social groups and rural worlds” group, which assembles the sociologists of the centre with support in social geography. You must also be able to communicate with economists in the “Territorial dynamics and development” group, whose key research field focuses on forms of governance and public territorial policy.
Your mission in the unit will be to analyse how power relations in rural and suburban areas in France have been affected by the succession of recent territorial reforms. The increase in the size and scope of the communautés de communes (a federation of municipalities), the creation of new municipalities, the assertion of metropolitan areas as political entities, and the redrawing of regional boundaries all involve transfers of responsibilities, calling for up-to-date studies of localised practices of political power and the diversity of its stakeholders. In a context of declining state allocations to local authorities, it is a matter of learning how local authorities are reconfiguring in relation to transformations of central government and European policies. To respond to these questions, political sociology is the ideal approach for identifying the range of modalities and stakeholders in public territorial policies and studying support and appropriation of these public policies as well resistance to them. Studying lower-level territorial organisations, their elected officials, and their administrators involves connecting them with the interest groups (non-profits, firms, experts, political parties, etc.) that approach them in order to analyse the professionalization and politicisation dynamics of those involved in local power in rural areas, especially in relation to the rise in environmental issues and their economic development. Such orientations will integrate your research into the objective of the unit to analyse the emergence of new forms of territorial governance as uses of rural and suburban areas proliferate.

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent.
A PhD in sociology or political science is recommended. Training in sociology or political science, and ideally in the expected specialisation of political sociology or in the sociology of work applied to stakeholders of territorial development would be desirable.
Good training in field research methods and proven experience in the analysis of empirical data derived from observations, interviews, and document-based research is recommended.
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.

Offer reference

  • Profile number: CR-2021-ECOSOCIO-5
  • Corps: CRCN
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 18

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