Didier Demazière

Research Director CNRS
Labour, Unemployment, Careers

Research Programs

  • Public policy, transformations of the state program
  • Work, employment, professions program


Didier Demazière’s work elaborates a sociology of labour, employment, and professional groups that centres on labour markets.

His fields of research are:

  1. Unemployment and job searches, examined at the intersection of lived experiences of the unemployed and public activation policies;
  2. The careers of elected politicians, studied at the intersection of electoral uncertainties and security mechanisms, and viewed through the prism of the material costs and rewards of political engagement;
  3. The careers of professional sportspeople, analysed in the case of football from the role of market intermediaries (sports agents in particular)

He devotes another part of his work to theoretical and methodological reflections on biographical perspectives and interactionist postures/stances.


  • Didier Demazière, Alizée Delpierre. 2022, Un chômage sans recherche d’emploi ? Une zone d’ombre dans la littérature sociologique sur les expériences du chômage, Sociologie du travail, 64(3), https://doi.org/10.4000/sdt.41644
  • Didier Demazière, Rémy Le Saout. Vivre de la politique. Rémunération des élus et indemnisation des mandats. Revue française de sciences politiques, Presses de Sciences Po, 2021, 71 (1), pp.7-28. ⟨10.3917/rfsp.711.0007⟩⟨hal-03300493⟩
  • Didier Demazière, Marc Zune. When job search is deemed insufficient: experiences of unemployed people disbarred following compliancy monitoring. Social Policy and Society, Cambridge University Press (CUP), In press. ⟨hal-03300555⟩
  • Didier Demazière , Rémi Lefebvre, Débattre d’une juste indemnisation des élus. Enjeux, critères, propositions, Livre blanc de l’Observatoire de l’éthique publique, avril 2023, 53p. ⟨hal-04269700⟩

  • Didier Demazière, Feasible work and unemployment experiences, In Pultz S., Sharone O. (ed.), Handbook on Employment and Society, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing, sous presse. ⟨hal-04269758⟩

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Sciences Po

  • Conducting and writing research seminar (Master’s program in sociology)

  • Qualitative methods seminar (Master’s programme in Sociology)
  • Transformations in work and employment course (School of Management and Innovation)


  • President of the Agence Nationale de la Recherche’s [French National Research Agency] Work – Innovation committee (2019 - 2021)
  • Member of the CEREQ scientific council (2019 - 2022)
  • President of the CNRS National Committee section 40 (2016 - 2021)
  • Member of the UNEDIC’s evaluation council (2015 - present)
  • Member of Pôle Emploi’s [National Employment Agency] scientific council (2013 - present)
  • Editorial director of the journal Sociologie du Travail (2005 - 2019)
  • Director of Sciences Po’s doctoral programme in Sociology (2011 - 2017)
  • Member of the Centre d’Études de l’Emploi’s [Centre for Employment Studies] scientific council (2010 - 2016)
  • President of the French Sociology Association (2011 - 2015)

Awards and Honours

CNRS Bronze medal


Habilitation (professorial thesis) in Sociology, University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (guarantor: Alain Chenu)

PhD in Sociology, Lille 1 University of Science and Technology (advisor: Claude Dubar)

Last Publications

All publications from Didier Demazière

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