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P50- Science with and for society within global environmental issues. Interdisciplinary perspectives

PANEL Organizers :

Contamin Jean-Gabriel (, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Administratives, Politiques et Sociales (France)
• Legris Revel Martine (, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Administratives, Politiques et Sociales (France)


The progressive awareness of environmental risks highlighted the interdependence of the economic, social and environmental stakes. Regarding climate change for example, this interdependence implies more participatory governance that would foster people involvement as well as sociotechnical problems discussion. Two other important themes emerge with these global environmental risks: the conflicts and the environmental disparities. The large-scale negative effects which result from these risks and the necessary efforts to reduce or limit them drive to investigate conflicts between diverse actors and at various institutional levels. Looking for solutions involves stakeholders beyond the technical experts (Callon, Lascoumes, Barthe, 2001). As little empirical research has been conducted into relationship between experts and democratic actors in public decision-making processes,participation seems necessary to meet the general desire to implement public engagement “upstream”, i.e. during the early stages of research and development, to take into account the contribution of expert opinions but also to recognize them as one among several such sources. Public engagement might indeed overcome cognitive closures and expert bias by forcing different participants to take each other's views seriously. This panel is interested in the mobilization and commitment of the experts, but also of the concerned populations and their elected representatives, in the diagnosis, the discussion and the definition of solutions to environmental issues. The considered scales stand from local, regional, to national or international designs of participation or mobilization. We suggest crossing the approaches regarding technical democracy, sciences and society, sociology of mobilization, green political theory and participatory research. What are the modes of co conception of the projects which allow to realize a shared diagnosis and to collectively develop solutions? Which are the existing tensions between institutionalized participatory designs, citizen mobilizations and environmental questions? To what extent the debate between experts and laymen contributes to enlighten the decision? What is the place of public authorities in these new forms of cooperation ?


Mobilizations, participatory research, environment, sociotechnique


Faculty E2.11

SESSION 1 : 9/07/15 : 14:00-15:30


Jean-Gabriel Contamin (, Lille 2 University (France)
Martine Legris Revel (, Lille 2 University (France)

Discussant: to be completed

Unconventional hydrocarbon controversy in Quebec: between coproduction of knowledge and endless talks

Chailleux Sébastien (, Bordeaux University (France) and Laval University (Canada)

The relationship between experts and democratic actors in policy making on flood damage compensation: The case of policy reform after hurricane Katrina in the United States

Emmy Bergsma (, University of Amsterdam(Netherlands)

Performing ‘Green Europe’? A narrative analysis of European Fisheries Policy

Stephan Engelkamp (, University of Muenster (Germany)
Doris Fuchs (, University of Muenster (Germany)

When participatory research tackles environmental stakes. Science, democracy and expertise

Jean-Gabriel Contamin (, Lille2 University (France)
Martine Legris Revel (, Lille 2 University (France)
Emilie Spruyt ( Lille 2 University (France)

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