Sciences Po CSO/CNRS CNRS

Christine MUSSELIN

CNRS Senior Research

Research Programs
Higher education and research : Labor Markets and Professional Groups

Christine MUSSELIN

c.musselin@cso.cnrs.fr


Dean of research at Sciences Po (since May, 2013)

CSO Director (from February 2007 to may 2013).


Research interests:
- Organizational Sociology
- Economic Sociology
- Public policy analysis
- Comparative higher education
- Qualitative methods






For many years, Christine Musselin has directed a comparative research program of higher education systems at the CSO.

Over time, three overarching perspectives have been developed, each one corresponding to a larger theoretical framework:

- university governance as part of a larger debate about organization and decision theories;
- public authorities' steering of higher education systems within a broader an analysis of public policies;
- the academic labor market through the lens of labor economics and sociology, and also through the prism of research on judgment.

Over the past years, Christine Musselin has explored these three areas of research with a group of doctoral students who participate in the program. She has been particularly involved in the third area of research, which led to the publication, in October 2005, of a book called Le marché des universitaires. France, Allemagne, Etats-Unis , published by Sciences Po Press, and in 2008 a book published by La Découverte, in the Repères collection, called Les universitaires .

She has broadened her research perspectives through participation in the PRIME network, which brings together research on higher education with that on innovation and research systems.







Lecturer for Governing Science (Gouverner la science), second-year elective course at the Sciences Po Collège Universitaire (with J. Aust).

Lecturer for the Public Action Analysis seminar (Analyse de l’action publique, with P. Bezes since 2003) in the Master's in Sociology at Sciences Po Paris (now known as the Research master's in Sociology of Action at Sciences Po) (since January 1994).

Lecturer for the Methodology of Organized Action seminar (Méthodologie de l’action organisée), in the Political Sociology Master's program in the Public Policy department at Sciences Po Paris (now part of the research master's in Comparative Studies in Society and Politics at Sciences Po) (since January 2000).

Lecturer (with A. Van Zanten) for the Education Policy class (Politiques éducatives) in the research master's program in Comparative Studies in Society and Politics at Sciences Po (2004-2009).

Lecturer for the Higher Education and Research Policy course (Politiques de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche) in the Postgraduate Studies program at the University of Lausanne (1999-2006).

Director of the collective survey carried out by master’s students in Sociology at Sciences Po Paris (1991-1992, 1995-1996, 1997-1998, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012 (with J. Aust)).

Co-director with E. Friedberg of the “Firms in the day-to-day” seminar (L’entreprise au concret) in the MBA-Part Time program at ESCP Paris (1993-1995).

Co-director with E. Friedberg of an introductory seminar on organizational sociology in the Organizational Sociology master’s program at Sciences Po Paris (1992-1994).

Reading seminar (in collaboration with Ph. Urfalino) in the Sociology master’s program at Sciences Po Paris (1990-1992).

Organizational Sociology seminar at IESTO (CNAM) (1990-1993).

Lecturer at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées on Organizational sociology and public decision-making (1988-1990).

Lecturer on Strategic analysis of organizations and Inter-organizational and comparative relations at ESSEC (1983-1986).

PhD advising: 10 theses defended since 2003 and 5 underway (June 2012)







Editorial Activities

Member of the Editorial Board of Sociologie du travail since 1991 and chair of the “Society for the Advancement of the Sociology of Labor” (Association pour le développement de la sociologie du travail) (December 1995-June 2004).

Co-editor of the Higher Education journal (since 2008).

Member of the Editorial Board of the OECD Higher Education Management and Policy journal (2000-2008).

Member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Education (1999-2008).

Member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Minerva (since 2000).

Member of the Editorial Board of Higher Education Management and Politics (1999-2008).

Reviewer for a number of other journals, notably Minerva, Research Policy, and the Socio-Economic Review.


Service to assessment and research management bodies

Member of the disciplinary Scientific Committee for the Blanc (“White”) and Jeunes chercheurs (“Young researchers”) programs of the ANR (French national research agency) (2007-2010).

Member of section 40 of the National Committee of the CNRS (2008-2012).

Member of the Strategiekommission in the Wissenschaftsrat (German science council) within the framework of the Exzellenzinitiative, since 2009.

Member of the Scientific Council of the AERES (French evaluation agency for research and higher education) (since 2011).

Member of the disciplinary Scientific Committee for the Social Sciences and Humanities department of the ANR (French national research agency) (since 2011).


Service to scientific councils

Member of the Scientific Council of the CIERA (Interdisciplinary center for research on Germany) (since 2011).

Member of the Scientific Council of the OST (Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques) (since 2008).

Member of the Scientific Council of the Marc Bloch Center (since 2008).

Member of the Scientific Council for the City of Paris (since 2008).

External Member of the Board of Directors of the Henri Poincaré University (Nancy 1) (2008-2012).

Member of the Scientific Council for the History of Education department of the INRP (French national pedagogical research institute) (2007-2010)


Network leadership

Chair of CHER (Consortium for Higher Education Research), an international consortium of researchers working on higher education (since 2007).

Chair of RESUP (network of research on higher education) (since 2007) and member of the scientific council of RESUP since its creation in 2001.

Coordinator of the international PhD student network EUREDOCS (since 2005).


Service to professional organizations

Member of the French Political Sciences organization (l’Association Française de Science Politique) since 1984 and member of its scientific council since 2008.

Member of the French Sociology Association (l’Association Française de Sociologie) since 2003.


Missions, expertise, and instruction for actors in the higher education system

Member of the Study Committee on the future of higher education personnel, chaired by Rémy Schwartz, spring 2008.

Multiple lectures in training programs at the Ecole Supérieure de l’Education Nationale (ESEN) (since 2005).

Member of the workshop on career paths (Les parcours professionnels) within the framework of the CNRS project Attractivité et politique de ressources humaines (spring 2005).

Member of the working group “Doctors” for FUTURIS (January-June 2005).

Member of the workshop on the international mobility of researchers and engineers and the appeal of France (Mobilité internationale des chercheurs et des ingénieurs et attractivité de la France), organized by the Commissariat Général du Plan (Plan Commission) (2003-2005).

Member of the assessment body for contractual policies binding universities and the State, created by the Commissariat Général du Plan (Plan Commission) (January 2002-November 2003).

Member of the study committee on pedagogical innovation chaired by Alain Renaut, created by the Ministry for Education (2002-2003).

Two missions for the French Embassy to Argentina with the CONEAU agency (agency of higher education assessment) in Buenos Aires, 2001 and 2003.


Awards

Knight of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier de la légion d'honneur) (Avril 2014)

Member of the European Academy of Sociology (November 2012)

Member of the Academia Europaea (since September 2011)

Knight of the National Order of Merit (Chevalier de l’ordre du mérite) (November 2010)







Habilitation, under the direction of Catherine Paradeise, Paris X Nanterre university (April 2000).

PhD from Sciences Po Paris, under the direction of Michel Crozier (October 1987).

Master’s in sociology from Sciences Po Paris (1982).

Bachelor’s degree from the ESCP in Paris (1980).






Réformes d’hier et réformes d’aujourd’hui. L'enseignement supérieur recomposé
Réformes d’hier et réformes d’aujourd’hui. L'enseignement supérieur recomposé, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2014.


"Empowerment of French Universities by Funding and Evaluation Agencies", Emerald Group Publishing, June, 2014.

"Quand la fusion s'impose : la (re)naissance de l'université de Strasbourg", Revue Française de Sociologie, June 2014.

"The Impact of Recent Reforms on the Institutional Governance of French Universities", Routledge, June, 2014.

"De l'opposition 'politiques/administratifs' au clivage 'centre/périphérie': les divergences de perception des outils de mesure dans les universités", December 2013.

Reforming Higher Education. Public Policy Design and Implementation.
Reforming Higher Education. Public Policy Design and Implementation., Springer, 2013.


Evaluation des politiques publiques : faut-il de l'interdisciplinarité ?, 2013.

"How peer review empowers the academic profession and university managers: Changes in relationships between the state, universities and the professoriate", Research Policy, June 2013.

Constructing Quality: The Classification of Goods in Markets
Constructing Quality: The Classification of Goods in Markets, Oxford University Press, 2013.


"Introduction", June, 2013.

"Redefinition of the relationships between academics and their university", Higher Education, January 2013.

Liberté, responsabilité … et centralisation des universités, 2012.

"El pilotaje de los sistemas de educacion superior: una vision desde la perspectiva de la gestion publica", September, 2012.

"La nueva gestion publica, la gobernanza en red y la universidad como organizacion profesional cambiante", September, 2012.

"Recrutements universitaires et inégalités", August, 2012.

La gouvernance des universités françaises. Pouvoir, évaluation et identité, 2012.

"Brèves histoires des universités", Mont Saint-Aignan, Publications des universités de Rouen et du Havre, pp. 13-26, June, 2012.

"Les universités, des organisations spécifiques?", Editions Sciences Humaines, February, 2012.

"The Academic Workplace. What we already know, what we still do not know, what we would like to know", Columbia University Press – SSRC Book, February, 2011.

"NPM, Network Governance and the University as a Changing Professional Organization", Ahsgate Publishing Limited, January, 2011.

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