Researcher in socio-hydrology (M/F) via EURAXESS

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

Saint-Martin-d'Hères, France 🇫🇷


At the scientific level, the expected activity will be centered on the notions of Environmental Social Extremes (ESE) (Balch et alii, 2020), Nature-based Solutions (NBS) and risk regime applied to flood risk management in three study areas (Grenoble metropolis, the Camargue and the Brouage marsh). The general objective will be to deepen the analysis of risk governance in these territories, in particular to analyze the implementation of nature-based solutions to manage flood risk and, ultimately, to reflect on the strategic implications of this new approach for local decision-makers.

On a practical level, the activity of the recruited person will include different components:

– Implementing a qualitative and, if possible, quantitative analysis of the positioning of flood management stakeholders in the various study areas.
The person recruited will apply a qualitative methodology consisting of interviews with stakeholders involved in flood governance in the territories concerned, as well as observation and documentary analysis.
She will also study the feasibility of using the Q methodological tool in order to analyze the positioning of stakeholders regarding flood risk governance (see for example an application to flooding in Rittelmayer, 2020). If the conditions are met, the recruited person will coordinate the implementation of the Q method which involves the following steps:
– Use of a set of stakeholder interviews (60 interviews) to select the categories and themes used and to build the set of “propositions” (Q-concourse) to be ranked.
– Setting up a strategy for meeting the actors and carrying out these meetings to carry out the experiment (Q-sort).
– Analysis of the results.
This activity will be done with the support of another post-doctoral researcher in charge of the mathematical aspects of the application of the method.
The fields to be documented will be: the Grenoble Metropolis; the Camargue (focusing the research on the conflicting implementation of a nature-based solution within the old salt marshes); and the Marais de Brouage (focusing the research on the potential implementation of a nature-based solution).

– Participate in the writing of scientific articles describing: the link between the positioning of actors and the scalar characteristics of hazard and vulnerability; the analysis of the implementation of nature-based solutions; the analysis of potential or crystallized conflicts around the implementation of nature-based solutions.

– Participate in project meetings and consolidate the link between the IGE/CNRS and INRAE teams involved
One of the missions of the person recruited will be to strengthen the link between the IGE/CNRS and GESTE/INRAE teams by bringing together the case study of the Grenoble metropolis with that of the Strasbourg metropolis (the metropolis surveyed as part of the INRAE part of the research project). The person recruited will evaluate the effects produced by the practical mobilization of a singular instrument of public action – Nature-based Solutions (NBS) – through the analysis of the implementation of the GEMAPI law. In collaboration with a researcher working on the Strasbourg field, the recruited person will question in particular the environmental turn impelled by the GEMAPI in these metropolises, notably in terms of biodiversity preservation.

Balch, J. K., et al (2020), Social-Environmental Extremes: Rethinking Extraordinary Events as Outcomes of Interacting Biophysical and Social Systems, Earth’s Future, 8(7).
Rittelmeyer, P. (2020), Socio-cultural perceptions of flood risk and management of a levee system: Applying the Q methodology in the California Delta, Geoforum, 111, 11-23.

Analysis of the governance of socio-environmental extremes (SEE) – understanding the positioning and adaptability of flood risk stakeholders in the Grenoble metropolis, in the Camargue and in the Brouage marshes.
This CNRS mission is linked to a mirror project conducted by INRAE on the same subject. Part of the mission of the CDD is to reinforce the link recently initiated between the two teams IGE/CNRS in Grenoble and GESTE/INRAE in Strasbourg, and to articulate their fields of study between the metropolises of Grenoble and Strasbourg, in the Camargue and in the marshes of Brouage.

The Institute of Environmental Geosciences (IGE) is a public research laboratory under the supervision of CNRS/INSU, IRD, Grenoble Alpes University (UGA) and Grenoble-INP.
It brings together about 250 people including 150 permanent members (researchers, teacher-researchers, engineers) and about 100 PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and staff on fixed-term contracts. The laboratory also welcomes each year several dozen interns and scientific visitors. The laboratory is located on three sites of the Grenoble University Campus (Molière, OSUG-B, and Bergès sites).
The IGE is one of the main laboratories of the Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers de Grenoble (OSUG) which is a federative structure of the INSU.

The recruited researcher will carry out his/her mission within the HMCIS team of the IGE and will be placed under the responsibility of Juliette Blanchet.

Eligibility criteria

– PHD in economics, geography or political science.
– Practical and theoretical knowledge of public action in the water sector.
– Knowledge in the field of stakeholder network analysis.
– Habit and taste for working in an interdisciplinary context.

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELDArchitecture

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELGeography: PhD or equivalentArchitecture: PhD or equivalentSociology: PhD or equivalent






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