Junior Research Scientist in economics of territorial transitions in mountain areas


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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

The Laboratory EcoSystèmes et Sociétés En Montagne (LESSEM) develops research on the dynamics of mountain socio-ecosystems, with the aim of striking a balance between disciplinary depth and the development of interdisciplinary research, between thematic contributions and methodological perspectives. It comprises 4 teams, including the ASTRRE team, into which you will be integrated. ASTRRE is a multi-disciplinary research group (economics, planning, ecology, agronomy, management, geography) united around the challenge of identifying, in a context of global change, the ways in which social and ecological systems interact, with a view to sustainability and equity. The team's originality lies in its approach to this challenge through a territorial prism, via the systemic study of several sectors of activity, by addressing activities and resources in their spatial and temporal structuring, and by integrating ecological processes and biodiversity. As part of the ASTRRE collective, you will develop research on several fronts: (1) understanding and qualifying the vulnerability of mountain economies in a context of uncertainty about the future state of resources and uses, (2) identify and characterize the current constraints faced by private and public players, and the obstacles to be overcome if we are to move towards a socio-ecological transition, (3) work with stakeholders to design trajectories or scenarios for the evolution of territories within a logic of ecological and fair transitions (4) propose tools and formulate recommendations designed to enlighten local players and support collective action.

To carry out this program, you will benefit from the involvement of LESSEM and its researchers in local networks (in particular Labex ITTEM and ZA Alpes), national networks (project on the dismantling of stations) and international networks (Interreg project on the transition of stations, TranStat). You'll also be able to draw on the disciplinary skills of the LESSEM unit, in ecology and SHS, as well as inter- and trans-disciplinary practices."

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Frequent travels to mountain areas to conduct interviews, participate in or lead workshops. Driving license required

Training and skills

PhD or equivalent

Competition open to candidates with a PhD in economics or urban planning (i.e. ecological, institutional, territorial economics, territorial sciences) or equivalent.

Good command of mixed methods (qualitative-quantitative) and change analysis (modeling, trajectory analysis, scenarization); experience in transition studies (sustainable transitions st.).
Experience in participatory research, support for public action, mountainous terrain is appreciated.. French, written, read and spoken.

Fluency in English is highly desirable, as is long-term international experience: successful candidates who have not already had such experience will be required to spend a year abroad at the end of the internship

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.

For international scientists: please visit your guide to facilitate your arrival and stay at INRAE

Offer reference

  • Profile number: CR-2024-ACT-2
  • Corps: CR
  • Category: A
  • Open competition number: 1
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