CECI n'est pas EXECUTE Bérénice Girard

Bérénice Girard

PhD Student
Field(s): Sociology
Institutional affiliation(s): EHESS

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Dissertation directors: Roland Lardinois and Odile Henry

PhD program: Sociology

Initial registration: 2011


Engineers, the River and the State: Place and Role of Engineers in the Management of the Ganges


My doctoral research project, entitled “Engineers, the River and the State: Place and Role of Engineers in the Management of the Ganges,” is conducted under the supervision of Dr. Roland Lardinois (CEIAS-CNRS, emeritus) and Prof. Odile Henry (University Paris 8). Its objective is to study the relationship between the engineering profession and the State in India by examining a large technical project, the management of the Ganges. I focus in particular on the role of the State in the restructuring of the engineering profession and on the changes in professional practices since the late 1980s. The implementation of liberalization policies and public-sector reforms has led to in-depth changes in water and infrastructure management models. This in turn has severely degraded the day-to-day working conditions of engineers, their image of the State and their professional and social self-representations. By analysing the different strategies of resilience, resistance or support of the reforms, I try to provide insights into how different groups of engineers try to maintain or attain dominant positions within the field. This doctoral research is based on three fieldwork studies, conducted in 2012, 2013 and 2014, thanks to the financial support of the CEIAS, EHESS, CSH New Delhi and ANR ENGIND.


Last update: 11 October 2017


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