Pierre-Benoît Joly

Pierre-Benoît Joly


Director of research

Institution de rattachement

Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés (LISIS)

Pierre-Benoit Joly, economist and sociologist, is Director of research at the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) in France. He holds a degree in agronomy (1982), a PhD in economics (1987) and the “Habilitation à diriger les recherches” (1995). He is the Director of the IFRIS (French Institute for Studies of Research and Innovation in Society) and of Labex (Laboratory of Excellence) SITES.

Since 1996, his research activities are focused on the governance of collective risks, socio-technical controversies, the use of scientific advice in public decision making and the forms of public participation in scientific activities. He was Member of the expert group “Science and Governance” at the European Commission, he is Member of the Council of European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) and of the French Comité de Prévention et de Précaution and he chairs the Scientific Council of the Programme on GMOs at the French Ministry for Ecology. He has published about one hundred articles (of which more than 50 in refereed journals), three books and he has coordinated five special issues of social sciences journals. He lectures at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and at Sciences Po Paris.

Selection of works:

  • « Les biotechnologies » La découverte (with C.Ducos) (1988).
  • « Les artifices du vivant : stratégies d’innovation dans l’industrie des semences » (Avec C.Ducos) ECONOMICA, 1993.
  • « Risques, crises et incertitudes : pour une analyse critique » Cahiers du GIS Risques Collectifs et Situations de Crise, n°3. Grenoble (Collectif) (2005).
  • « Du risque à la menace – Penser la catastrophe » PUF (with D. Bourg et A. Kaufmann) (2013).
  • « Sciences, Techniques et Sociétés» La Découverte (with C. Bonneuil) (2013).

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