[Doctoral contract] Species, environments and uses: an interdisciplinary inquiry on the recompositions caused by French offshore wind power development
(PhD6 – CNRS/CIRED)
Contact: Alain Nadaï
Contract duration: 36 months (CNRS doctoral contract)
Start date: early 2023
Diploma required: Master 2 or equivalent
Remuneration: 2135 € gross per month; 1715 € net per month (CNRS 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 to: (i) contribute to the construction of an interdisciplinary approach to a contested research issue at the crossroads of species, environment and uses of the sea in order to draw out a more systemic analysis of the effects of offshore wind power development; (ii) contribute to opening up to local actors the mechanism of production of science on the occasion of the changes and debates triggered by offshore wind power. (iii) ethnograph and problematise, on this occasion, the encounter between knowledge (profane, scientific) and the performativity of art in the construction of this encounter (science, society).
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 Alain Nadaï (CNRS, CIRED) and Olivier Labussière (CNRS, Pacte), 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/ Opening up science, opening up the collective
- knowledge sharing and mutual acculturation between researchers from social, environmental and engineering sciences,
- carrying out a diagnosis of the major issues relating to the arrival of offshore wind power on two sites,
- collective definition (survey group extended to voluntary users) of interdisciplinary issues/interfaces to be explored.
ii/ Development of issue/interface monitoring systems
- carrying out an interdisciplinary and collaborative survey on emerging issues related to the arrival of offshore wind power,
- to bring out a shared description of the issues/interfaces that will enable the categories of knowledge and the methods of their public appropriation to be renewed.
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