Mélanie Biencourt, Mireille Bruyère, Auréline Cardoso, Michel Catlla, Bruno David, Simone Deslarzes, Marcelle Duc, Normand Filion, Irène Gaillard, Timo Giotto, Julie Jarty, Prisca Kergoat, Nathalie Lapeyre, Philippe Lemistre, Yannick Le Quentrec, Vanina Mollo, Benjamin Saccomanno, Corinne Saint Martin, Jens Thoemmes

Associate Members: Magalie Bacou, Soline Blanchard, Thomas Bonnet, Gilbert de TerssacJean-Yves Le Talec, Gladys Lutz, Arnaud Pierrel, Jean-Marc Ramos, Gabriel TaharAn Quoc Truong

Partners: Xavier Albanel, Ivan Boissières, Laurence Cambon-Bessières, Judith Ézekiel, Florian Hémont, Nicky Le Feuvre, Bertin Yanga Ngary


Irène Gaillard,,
Benjamin Saccomanno,


Work, Organization, Gender, Training, Employment, Social Time, Negotiation

Examples of research programs

The Well-being within the meaning of the experience of students and of vocational high school teachers: a gendered analysis of living conditions, relations to training and work

Funding DEPP

Period 2012-2015

Measurement and analysis of discrimination to the access of vocational training. » Research aimed at understanding the impact of origin (social and geographical) and gender in access to initial vocational training

Funding the EYF

Period 2014 -2016

Posted work: EU standards versus local rules. The case of Portuguese workers in the construction sector in France

Funding European Commission, MSHS-T, Labex SMS-ANR

Period 2011-2015

The capitalization of working time in France and Germany: collective bargaining and individual use

Funding ANR

Period 2015-2019

Presentation of our research

Our research allowed us to broaden the concept of work to « invisible » or little recognized activities. The notion of « intangible work » has emerged as an important result of our previous research.

All of our activities are organized around the concept of « the intelligence of work ». This expression allows us to avoid on the one hand an approach in which work is enclosed in the Sociology of domination of an exploited worker bent under the weight of organizational rules, and on the other hand an approach in which the work is confined to interactions, making the worker a « strategic player » who invents his/her own working rules.

Our research is organized around the following themes:

The intelligence of work and its organization: denial, recognition and power

Noting that the intelligence work and the worker is not always the object of recognition and legitimacy, we wish to trace the path whereby intelligence appears either in hiding, or in more open forms of resistance.

The activity of work is primarily set to adjust the work to oneself, adapting the structure to what is appropriate in order to do the job. Indeed, work cannot be reduced to the implementation of decisions or complying to procedures, nor to obedience or submission: the subject tries to get out of this girdle, gives work an immaterial meaning and creates scope for action.

The intelligence of gender at work: resistance and emancipation

Centred on the evolution of gender relations in the labor market, our research aims to put into perspective the impact of the « equality-already-there » myth, in various institutions, organizations and work collectives.

Our research is rooted in a deepening and a widening of the analysis of the feminization of professional groups, and of the dynamics of the transformation process of norms and gender stereotypes, in sectors more or less marked by diversity.

The intelligence of time and rules

This approach allows us to explore exchanges and negotiations that are developed to implement new insights into the labor market. By studying the links between time frames and markets we wish to clarify what the market does to individuals, and how employees build their own temporality. In a perspective of « negotiation and rules » the intelligence of work becomes collective, that is to say the result of exchanges, conflicts and negotiations.

update 2016