Research Activities


  • Social movements, contentious politics and revolutions
  • Political participation and activist careers
    • Social problems
  • Gender studies
    • LGBT studies
    • Socialization
    • Methodology of the social sciences , life stories, sequence analysis
  • Environmental and health movements
  • Political sociology


– 1994-2012 : Creation and co-heading with Nonna Mayer and Eric Agrikoliansky of the GERMM (Groupe d’Etude et de Recherche sur les Mutations du Militantisme), study and research group of the French Political Science Association (AFSP). The research group focuses on contentious politics and political commitment.

– As from 2002: Creation and participation in CRAPUL (Research centre on political action /, study and research group focussed on themes such as political socialization, contentious politics, lobbying, political participation.

– Founder member of the ECPR standing group on political sociology (


As from 2012 Member of the Evaluation Committee of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

2009-2011 Labs and departments evaluations for AERES (Agency for Research and Higher Education)

2008-2010 Member of the evaluation Committee CDS9 of the ANR (National Agency for Research)

As from 2002 Evaluations and expertises for European and National Research Foundations (France, Belgium, Italy, Canada, Switzerland)

2002-2009 Member of the Scientific Board of the French Political Science Association

2003-2010 Member of the Scientific Board of the Observatorio della Vita Politica del Ticino (Bellinzona, Switzerland)

2002-2008 Member of the board of the “Centre de recherches politiques de la Sorbonne”, Paris I- Sorbonne

Reviewer of articles for several academic journals (American Journal of sociology, Critique internationale, Mobilization, Politix, Politique et société, Qualitative sociology, Sciences sociales et santé, Social Movement Studies, Social Problems, Sociologie du travail, Sociological Forum, Theory and Society).


As since 2011 Member of the reading board of Politix

2003-2010 Member of the editorial board of Politix

2002-2004 Member of the editorial board of the Swiss Political Science Review

1997-2006 Member of the editorial board of the Cahiers de la sécurité intérieure

1996-1997 Editor in chief of the Cahiers de la Sécurité Intérieure (IHESI)


Duration Title Funding agency Budget Role in the project
2013-2016 SOMBRERO“Biographical consequences of activism in France”. National Agency for Research(ANR-France) €1,700,000 Principal investigator (PI)

Hosted at (CESSP-UMR 8209). Research team of 22 persons.

2011-2013 SynEgaActivist careers in Unions in a gender perspective. Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) (PNR 60) €292’826 PI (Research team of 9 persons)
2004-2009 “Changes in AIDS epidemic in Switzerland”. SNSF €414,167 PI
2003-2009 «Changes in activism against AIDS. Motives and biographical consequences ofparticipation in vaccine trials». National Research Agency against AIDS (ANRS) €154,612+ €120,000 (PhDgrant) PI
2003-2006 Funding for the creation of a European research network on anti-global movements Action Concertée Incitative Terrains, Techniques,Théories €142,000 Co-PI with Isabelle Sommier and Eric Agrikoliansky
2003-2006 “Being an activist in a populist political party-Switzerland” SNSF €375,000 Coordinator(Research team of 6 persons)
1999-2001 MIRE Fondation de France – Crédit coopératif €250,000 PI
1998-2001 TEATransformation of Environmental Activism. European Commission/DGXII €150,000 Partner
1996-1997 “Demonstrations in Paris, 1969-1995”. Institut des Hautes Etudes de la SécuritéIntérieure (IHESI) €30,000 CO-PI with Pierre Favre
1996 “Exploratory survey on urban petty crime linked to drug consumption in Europe” Europ. Monit. Centre for Drugs and Drug Addict. (Lisbon) €14’000
1995-1996 Research Contract on “Law enforcement in France. Culture and professional knowledge of the police” IHESI €22’000 Co-PI with Fabien Jobar