Sciences Po CSO/CNRS CNRS

Sophie DUBUISSON-QUELLIER

Research Programs
Economic conducts : Firms

Sophie DUBUISSON-QUELLIER




Regulating firms’ conducts through competition and capture. The case of the French policy on environmental labelling by Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier

Podcast : Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier in France Culture radio « Combien sommes-nous prêts à payer pour un litre de lait ? »




Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier’s research is situated in the field of economic sociology, and her focus is on the social construction of consumers and markets.

Her aim is to understand how consumers’ economic behavior is progressively shaped by the relationship between business practice, government, and social movements. This research has led her to study businesses themselves, and more generally all market professionals (designers, consulting firms), in order to understand how they derive their view of consumer preferences such that they can then define and market their products.

The other side of this coin is her research on the way social movements (fair trade, organic agriculture, environmental NGOs, anti-advertising and responsible consumption movements) empower consumers on both market and political spaces.

Lastly, she studies different public policies which aim to govern consumer behavior, in particular sustainable consumption public policies (e.g. an environmental labeling project).

In 2009, Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier published La consommation engagée (Les Presses de Sciences Po).

Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier is currently directing two research projects:

- Governing consumer conduct: the case of obesity prevention and sustainable consumption policies (GOUVCONSO), financed by the French National Research Agency (ANR), in partnership with researchers from the healthcare research program at the CSO, the University of Toulouse II - le Mirail, and INRA.

- Sustainable dimensions of household food consumption (DIMDAMDOM), financed by Ademe and conducted in partnership with INRA. The goal of this project is to apprehend the social, technical, and normative constraints which regulate household consumption patterns.






Professional Activities

Co-editor with Pierre François of the European Socio-Economic Electronic Newsletter during 2013-2014
Member of section 40, Politics, Power, Organization of the CNRS National Committee (2012).
Member of the Scientific Council of Ademe
Elected member of the "bureau du département de sociologie" de Sciences Po.
Director of the CSO doctoral program.
Member of the editorial board of the Revue Française de Sociologie.
Member of the RT's council « sociologie économique » of Association française de sociologie
Member of the Commission of the INRA, which evaluates researchers of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA).
Expert and member selection committee for the DG XII, ANR, Ministère de l’Environnement and Ademe








Habilitation (HDR), direction of PH Steiner, from Université Paris IV (2008)

Doctorate in socio-economics from the Ecole des Mines in Paris, Sociology of Innovation Center. Under the direction of Michel Callon (1996).

DEA in Industrial Economics, Université Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble (1992).

Bachelor’s Degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Grenoble (1991).




"Le gouvernement des conduites : instruments et acteurs", Presses de Sciences Po, May, 2016.

"Comment gouverner les acteurs du gouvernement des conduites ? Le cas de la régulation des pratiques de greenwashing dans la publicité", Presses de Sciences Po, May, 2016.

"Gouverner (par) les conduites des consommateurs : le cas de la politique publique de consommation durable", Presses de Sciences Po, May, 2016.

Compte-rendu de Alejandro Nesto Garcia Martinez (2015) Being human in a consumer society, Contemporary Sociology, May, 2016.

Gouverner les conduites
Gouverner les conduites, Presses de Sciences Po, 2016.


"Les effets du gouvernement sur les conduites : le rôle des bifurcations des trajectoires de vie dans les changements de conduite de consommation", Presses de Sciences Po, May, 2016.

"Why are food practices not (more) environnementally friendly in France? The role of collective standards and symbolic boundaries in food practices", Environmental Policy and Governance, April 2016.

"How consumption prescriptions affect food practices: Assessing the roles of household resources and life-course events", Journal of Consumer Culture, March 2016.

消费者在行动, La consommation engagée
消费者在行动, La consommation engagée, Social Science Academic Press, 2015.


"Circuits courts", Presses universitaires de France, September, 2015.

"From targets to recruits: the status of consumers within the political consumption movement", International Journal of Consumer Studies, September 2015.

"Consommation durable", Presses universitaires de France, September, 2015.

Compte rendu de lecture de Workers go shopping in Argentina : the rise of popular consumer culture, Contemporary Sociology, March, 2015.

Variations dans les pratiques alimentaires. Une approche par les trajectoires de vie, December 2014.

Les pratiques de consommation en lien avec l’environnement. Une lecture à la lumière des bifurcations dans les trajectoires de vie, November 2014.

Governing through valuation. The case of the French policy on environmental labeling, October 2014.

"Les engagements et les attentes des consommateurs au regard des nouveaux modes de consommation : des opportunités pour l’économie circulaire", Annales des Mines, October 2014.

"Gouverner par les labels. Une comparaison des politiques de l'obésité et de la consommation durable", Gouvernement & Action publique, September 2014.

Governance by Labels, 2014.

Why environmental standards do not guide food practices ? The role of the certified and rewarding dimensions of standards to understand the sustainable food consumption practices in France, July 2014.

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