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Fanny Pellissier

ENGREF, Ministry of Agriculture

Fanny Pellissier is an agricultural engineer and an IPEF engineer (Corps of Ponts, des Eaux et des Forêts). She is completing a PhD in sociology under the direction of Pierre-Benoît Joly. Her research combines the sociology of science and technology with the socio-history of public policy. Using the example of pesticides, she looks at how categories of public policy are built in historically situated contexts, and how the configurations generated by framing an issue as a public problem can be de-stabilized/re-stabilized over time. More generally, her thesis explores how the conditions enabling the transition to a regime of agricultural innovation are created and organized over the course of time. To this end, Fanny Pellissier analyses the process of the Europeanization of public policies, knowledge production by and for public policies, and the evolution of the pesticide market. She thus seeks to further understanding of the renewal of public policy in transitional situations, in a context of uncertainty and controversy.

Teaching activities:

  • 2013/2014 – Supervision of a group of first-year future engineers at the École Telecom ParisTech (ENST) as a part of the course “Enjeux des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication. Sujet : l’agriculture bio peut-elle nourrir la planète ? Controverses sur l’avenir de la production agricole française”.


  • Coordination of scientific activities on Ephemera at the LISIS
  • Co-facilitation of the seminar “Les STS au quotidien”

Selected bibliography:

  • 2015. “Fragmentation et réassemblage. Une analyse socio-historique de la constitution du risque ‘pesticides’”. Paper delivered at the 9es Journées de recherches en sciences sociales (JRSS), Nancy.
  • 2015. “Re-materialiser les produits phytosanitaires, un enjeu pour la contestation de l’agriculture ‘intensive’ en France”. Paper delivered at the École thématique “la matérialité dans les SHS” of the IFRIS, Barcelona (Spain).
  • 2015. “Europeanization of public policies. A long-term view on pesticides policy in France & the European Union”. Paper delivered at the one-day seminar Sociological Reflections on the Future of Agri-food Systems: Confronting “models”, Paris.
  • 2014. “Transition et politique ? Le cas de la régulation des pesticides en France”. Paper delivered at the École thématique “La transition comme question politique et objet de recherche pour les SHS” of the IFRIS, in Florence (Italy).
  • 2013. Mettre en concertation la politique agricole. Quel effet sur la trajectoire politique des pesticides ? Master’s thesis, under the direction of Pierre-Benoît Joly, AgroParisTech (ENGREF) and École des Ponts ParisTech.