[Doctoral contract] Offshore wind power landscapes: communities, environments and sensitivities (Doctoral contract – PhD3, Ademe, PACTE, CIRED)
Contact: Alain Nadaï
Contract duration: 36 months (Ademe doctoral contract)
Start date: early 2023
Diploma required: Master 2 or equivalent
Remuneration: 1975 € gross per month; 1500 € net per month (Ademe doctoral contract)
Location: The position is based at the CIRED – Nogent-sur-Marne
Availability for regular field trips is required.
The arrival of offshore wind power in France is a major challenge for climate-energy policy in the decades to come. The implementation of this policy will lead to major changes in marine environments, territories and landscapes. It also raises questions about the future of species, ecosystems and uses of the sea, which are still little understood by science.
The objectives of this thesis project are: (i) to analyse dimensions of the relationship to the landscape, in the vicinity of wind farms, which today remain confined to the individual or the intimate, on the fringes of institutions; (ii) to analyse the way in which this sensitive understanding of environments and landscapes informs / may inform wind farm projects and the negotiations surrounding them; (iii) to experiment with forms of writing and valorisation that make it possible to generate new understandings and debates around emerging issues related the wind farms development.
This PhD thesis is part of the Ademe-funded ‘Following offshore wind turbines’ program (2022-2026), which gathers a large group of researchers in social, environmental and engineering sciences. In addition to standard research methods (state of the art, semi-structured interviews, process analysis, site visits), the work will take part into an art-science approach to contested issues to open up the production of science to a non-academic public.
Composition of the team
The candidate will be supervised by Olivier Labussière (CNRS, Pacte) and Alain Nadaï (CNRS, CIRED), coordinators of the ‘Following offshore wind turbines’ research program. He/she will benefit from the research dynamics of his/her host laboratory and from his/her integration in this research program.
This thesis project will be supported by and articulated with the ‘Following offshore wind turbines’ research program and its interdisciplinary group of researchers in social sciences, environmental sciences and engineering sciences.
The thesis project is based on a three-stage approach.
i/ Problematic and methodological elaboration
- state of the art, problematisation of the research
- carrying out a diagnosis of the major issues relating to the arrival of offshore wind power in two sites
- specify the choice of methods, discuss the appropriate methods (guided walks, sound recordings, filmed observations, etc.) in relation to the type of use, sensitivities and relationship to the marine environment that will be investigated.
ii/ Field survey
- collection of traces, gestures, stories that testify to the sensitive relationships of the inhabitants/users and their attachment to the living, to the environments and landscapes (case study, follow-up of users’ and inhabitants’ groups …)
- analysis of how these sensitive perceptions create a relationship with the landscape as a dynamic and changing environment
- analysis of the way in which this sensitive intelligence of living beings, environments and landscapes informs the development of wind energy projects and the negotiations surrounding them
iii/ Experimenting with forms of writing and valorisation
- to experiment, throughout the work, with forms of writing and valorisation,
- share these writings with audiences in order to generate understanding and debate around the selected issues/interfaces.
- Interest in art-science approaches,
- Knowledge of approaches to public participation in the construction of knowledge, participatory observation,
- Ability to understand climate-energy issues,
- Fluency in French (for the field, institutional interactions, report writing and valuations) and English (for scientific aspects and valuations) is required.
- Ability to problematise, conduct a fieldwork and develop a sociological analysis,
- Participatory observation practice,
- First creative experience (sound, visual, film editing…) welcome,
- Ability and willingness to lead an interdisciplinary working group,
- Ability to prepare the necessary deliverables and animation elements.
- Have autonomy and a sense of teamwork
- Be clear in your explanations
- Be rigorous, have a sense of organisation, anticipation and adaptation skills
- Be a force for proposals