Etienne Nouguez

Etienne Nouguez
19 Rue Amélie - 75007 PARIS - FR
Chargé de recherche CNRS
Health, Medicines, Public action

Research Programs

  • Governance, economic organizations program
  • Law, norms, regulations program
  • Public policy, transformations of the state program
  • Work, employment, professions program


Etienne Nouguez studies health(care) markets and public health policies from an organizational and a valuation perspectives. His research draws from economic sociology, health sociology and the sociology of public policies. These markets and policies are approached as complex social organisations combining regulatory agencies, experts, industrialists, health professionals and consumers. But they are also analysed as spaces for evaluation and enhancement in which plural and potentially contradictory values are articulated.

After a PhD dissertation on the French markets for generic medicines, he studied the politics of medicines prices setting in France. His current research focuses on how European markets are formed for boundary products between food and drugs, with a focus on probiotics. He is also involved in different collective research project on French and regulatory agencies and on local public health policies. Combining qualitative and quantitative approaches, these researches shed light on the different processes linking political, health and market values.

teaching activities

Assistant Professor (Since 2015) – Sciences Po 

“Introduction to Sociology” (College 1, Dijon Campus); “Health and Society” (College 2, Paris Campus); “Territories and Health” (Master 1, Urban School)

Lecturer (2009-2011) – University of Créteil

Preparation to the “Health, Illness and Society” thema of the Secondary School Teaching Certificate in Social Sciences.

Teaching Assistant (2007-2010) – Universities of Toulouse 2 and Paris-Dauphine 

“Introduction to Sociology” (College 1)

Teaching Assistant (2004-2007) – University of Paris-Nanterre

“Sociology of work” (College 2); “Social stratification and mobility” (College 1)

Related Professional Activities

Since 2017 

Expert at the the IReSP (Institut de Recherche en Santé Publique) [Institute for the Research in Public Health) Scientific Committee in charge of the evaluation of Research Projects in Public Health.


Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Paris West – Nanterre La Défense, under the direction of François Vatin. Dissertation title: Le médicament et son double. Sociologie du marché français des médicaments génériques (1995-2009) (“Identical” Drugs: A sociology of the French market for generic drugs (1995-2009)).

Master’s degree, University of Paris West – Nanterre La Défense.

Civil Servant Trainee, ENS Cachan.

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