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Researcher in social sciences

ABG-80731 Emploi Confirmé
16/10/2018 CDD 12 Mois > 45 et < 55 K€ brut annuel
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Rennes (no obligation of residency) - Bretagne - France
Droit, science politique, géopolitique
  • Sociologie, anthropologie, sciences de l’éducation
political science, sociology, Environmental health,
Enseignement et recherche


The ACE project contributes to one of the main line of research at the ARENES laboratory
("Institutions and multi-level public policies") and is a building block of the transversal research
workgroup "Environment, sustainable development and political ecology" . Arènes is a CNRS
laboratory, the first French public research organization, ; it is associated with the University of
Rennes, the EHESP (the National Public Health School) and Sciences Po Rennes. It brings
together researchers in political science, information science and communication, sociology,
anthropology, history, geography and health education. It brings together 6 CNRS researchers,
9 CNRS engineers and technicians, 60 research professors and 53 doctoral and post-doctoral
students. The ACE project is also strongly connected with the Department of Environmental
Health and Sanitary Engineering (DSETGS) of the EHESP which includes researchers
working on chemical exposures ; reproduction and child development risks; contamination of
environments, human exposure and related methodological developments; the environment
and social inequalities in health.

Poste et missions

The job proposed is part of the ACE project ("A Comparative Analysis of Public Policies on
Multiple Exposures Regulations " which mobilizes two teams of researchers in political science
and toxicology-expology within the ARENES laboratory and the Department of Environmental
and Occupational Health of the french Public Health School (EHESP). The project is backed
by the Fondation de France and under the scientific direction of Jean-Pierre Le Bourhis

Through a comparative analysis between countries and between chemical substances, the
ACE project investigates the production or inhibition of public policies with regard to multiexposure
to toxic substances. It questions the gap between public recognition and the
development of methodologies related to this type of exposures and the regulations that
remain focused on specific substances and uses. Against this backdrop, the project explores
by means of comparison the conditions and determinants of the implementation of policies
which adress several sources, pathways or contaminants.
The mission consists, over a period of 12 months to carry out a series of case studies on the
regulation of toxic substances in several countries, by applying a framework of analysis based
on sociology, political science and risk assessment hypothesis. More information on


The geographical location of the candidate is planned in Rennes, with provision of a shared
office (on the EHESP site in Rennes) but no residency requirement. Team meetings are
expected in Rennes and Paris. All travel and equipment expenses will be covered. The
resources, infrastructures and equipment of the EHESP and the ARENES laboratory will be
fully accessible.

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Candidates must hold a doctorate with proven research skills in social sciences, political
science or sociology. Knowledge of health or environmental public policies would be a plus.
We will also accept candidates with a scientific cursus in the relevant fields (chemistry,
biochemistry, toxicology, public health, etc.) completed by a sound knowledge of social
sciences methods and a fieldwork experience.
The person recruited must be rigorous and autonomous in carrying out documentation and
bibliographic research, with a good command of online search, collection and organisation of
both digital and traditional sources (scientific articles, reports, press reviews, etc.). She/he will
have good teamwork and collaborative skills in a multidisciplinary context; ability to meet
deadlines; previous experience in collecting and analysing qualitative data (interviews) as part
of a field survey, showing an ability to acquire new knowledge and to take a critical look in
controversial contexts such as those surrounding environmental health issues.
He/She will be available to conduct several field surveys in the Europe and North America
area over periods of one to two weeks. Fluency in English is essential for both written and oral
communication ; capacity to exchange in french would be a plus.


In collaboration with the scientific coordinator and the ACE team, the researcher will be in
charge of a series of case studies (approximately ten) focused on the development of toxic
substances regulations by country and how they take into account the issue of multiple
exposures. The cases will cover a sample of countries in the North American and European
areas (France, Germany, Scandinavian countries). The list of toxic substances includes lead,
dioxins, brominated flame retardants, perfluorinated compounds, PCBs, aldehydes, pesticides.
More precisely, the tasks planned for the mission are as follows:
- documentation collection from online and other types of sources, in order to compile a
detailed profile of the regulatory context and history by country for the targeted substances
(timeline ; presentation of regulatory, institutional, media, technical and metrological aspects,
policy research available, etc.)
- preparation (with the ACE team) and conduct of a small number of targeted interviews (faceto-
face or by phone) with key stakeholders (experts or decision makers) in english. The
transcript of the interviews will be done by an external service provider.
- synthetising information and coding data in a form defined by the project; presentation of
results at team meetings
- update of the project internet site to ensure dissemination of the results
The collected data will be used with other research materials gathered by the team to
implement a qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) of regulatory policies.


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