Sciences Po CSO/CNRS CNRS

Jean-Noël JOUZEL

Research Programs
Knowledge, science, and expertise program : Law, norms, and regulations program : Public policy and transformations of the state program

Jean-Noël JOUZEL




Jean-Noël Jouzel studies controversies surrounding environmental health issues. His research looks specifically at why so little is known about occupational illnesses induced by worker exposure to toxic substances. His approach combines sciences studies, the sociology of public action, and the sociology of social movements, and contributes to the growing body of work on the social construction of ignorance.

He is currently conducting research in two areas:
- Environmental health issues surrounding manufactured nanoparticles
- Links between agricultural workers’ health and pesticide exposure.

He is participating in a number of collective research projects. Namely, he is codirecting the ANR project on “The independence of experts and issues thereof.” In addition, he is participating in the “Socioagripest” project directed by Nathalie Jas (Inra) on the invisibility of occupational illnesses induced by pesticides.

Providing expertise is another aspect of his work. Of note, he was a member of the Hearing Board for the public hearing on post-professional monitoring following asbestos exposure conducted by the French National Authority for Health (Haute Autorité de Santé – HAS) (2009-2010). He is also a member of the “Agricultural workers and pesticides” working group created by Anses (the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety) in late 2011.







At Sciences Po-Paris:

Seminar "The Politics of Risks" for sophomores, with Olivier Borraz.

Seminar “Risk expertise: introduction to environmental sociology” in the Environmental Policy master’s program of the PSIA.

Seminar "Political Sociology of Sciences" for Master students in sociology and political theory with Renaud Crespin.





Codirector of the ANR program "The independence of experts and issues thereof” (“Index : l'indépendance des experts et ses problèmes"), GSPE Strasbourg (2011-2013).

Member of the “Agricultural workers and pesticides” working group created by the ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety) (2011-2013).

Co-organizer, with Olivier Borraz, of the seminar “Risks” at the CSO (2010-2012).

Member of the Hearing Board for the public hearing “Post-professional monitoring after exposure to asbestos” conducted by the French National Authority for Health (Haute Autorité de Santé – HAS) (2009-2010).








Habilitation "L'usage contrôlé des pesticides : sociologie d'un mythe d'action publique" - director: Madeleine Akrich, Mines ParisTech (2018)
PhD in political science (2006).
Master’s in political sociology and public policy from Sciences Po Paris (2002).
High school teaching accreditation (Agrégation) in social sciences (2001).
Bachelor’s degree in economic sciences (1999).
Admitted to the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Cachan (1998).






" L'expertise en sciences sociales : une affaire politique ?", 2018.

"La normalisation des alertes sanitaires. Le traitement administratif des données sur l’exposition des agriculteurs aux pesticides", September 2017.

"De l’exploitation familiale à la mobilisation collective", September 2016.

"Des journalistes qui font les victimes ? Le traitement médiatique des maladies professionnelles liées aux pesticides", Etudes rurales, 2016.

"Mesurer pour prévenir ? Entre mise en nombre et mise en ordre", Terrains & Travaux, 2016.

"Becoming a Victim of Pesticides : Legal Action and Its Effects on the Mobilisation of Affected Farmworkers", Sociologie du travail, November 2015.

"De la critique à la métrique. Circulation transnationale et sélection des savoirs sur la toxicité des nanomatériaux", Presses universitaires de Rennes, September, 2015.

"Mettre en mouvement les agriculteurs victimes des pesticides. Émergence et évolution d’une coalition improbable", Politix, September 2015.

"Ignorance", Presses de Sciences Po, September, 2015.

"Contre-expertise", Presses de Sciences Po, September, 2015.

Dictionnaire critique de l'expertise ; santé, travail, environnement
Dictionnaire critique de l'expertise ; santé, travail, environnement, Presses de Sciences Po, 2015.


"Introduction", Presses de Sciences Po, September, 2015.

"Governing by Ignoring. The Production and the Function of the Under-reporting of Farm-workers' Pesticide Poisoning in French and Californian Regulations", Routledge, June, 2015.

"How to ignore what one already knows: Domesticating uncomfortable knowledges about pesticide poisoning among farmers", Revue française de sociologie, March 2015.

"Les bénéfices du doute : Les usages politiques de la sous-évaluation des intoxications professionnelles liées aux pesticides en France et en Californie", Les dossiers de l'environnement, March 2015.

"Comment ignorer ce que l'on sait? La domestication des savoirs inconfortables sur les agriculteurs exposés aux pesticides", Revue française de sociologie, March 2015.

"Des difficultés de l’enquête médicale en milieu de travail contaminé", January 2015.

Ignorances : les non/savoirs et la fabrique du doute, December 2014.

"Les exploitants agricoles face aux risques des pesticides", Editions Liaisons, Wolters Kluwer France, November, 2014.

"Devenir victime des pesticides. Le recours au droit et ses effets sur la mobilisation des agriculteurs Phyto-victimes", Sociologie du travail, November 2014.

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