Leonie Henaut

Leonie Henaut
Chargée de recherche CNRS
Organizations, Occupations and Work

Research Programs

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


Léonie Hénaut’s prime theoretical focus is in professionalization and organizational rationalization, and how the two processes interact with each other and transform the division of labor. She conducts her research in two main areas: museums and creative workers in France and the US, on the one hand, and health and social care services in France and the UK, on the other hand. In particular, Léonie is interested in studying how pluri-professional work arrangements emerge in complex organizations and impact occupational hierarchies and worker’s identities.

Her work benefits from collaborations with colleagues:

  • Research on medical and social services has been conducted with Marie-Aline Bloch (EHESP) and are currently developed through two projects on complex care management (ACODAC with Lucie Chéron and Jeanne Casal) and young carers (with Cyril Desjeux, Franck Guichet and Mylène Chambon).
  • Research on cultural heritage workers have been carried out with Frédéric Poulard (Lille 1) on French curators, and in the context of several studies on conservators (CORE with Jasmina Stevanovic and Gabriele Pina; CORE 2 with Hadrien Riffaut, Justine Levy and Brianne Dubois; a quantitative study with Gaspard Salatko). Léonie also launched a research project on digital resources created by French museums in the context of Spring 2020 lockdown (COMED with Aurélien Froissart).
  • Léonie also works with Jennifer C. Lena (Teachers College, Columbia University) on creative workers’ occupational identity and the gig economy in the US (ALLIANCE), and Shinwon Noh (Pace University) on the creation and development of the Museum Accreditation program through the 1970s and 1980s in the US.


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teaching activities 

Lecturer in the doctoral program of Sociology at SciencesPo: ‘Professions and the division of labor’ with Didier Demazière (2013-2018); ‘Work and Occupations” with Gwenaële Rot (since 2019).

Occasional Lecturer in various institutes of higher education (since 2010): Institut national du patrimoine, Ecole nationale supérieure de Sécurité sociale, École supérieure des beaux-arts d’Avignon, Ecole supérieure Montsouris, Master in Museum studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Adjunct in Sociology at University of Lille Sciences and Technologies (2009).

Teaching assistant and Adjunct in Sociology at University Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis (2003-2007).

other activities 

Member of EGOS – European Group for Organizational Studies (2020)

Member of the scientific committee on innovative practices in health and social care (IPSA) at the Fondation de l’Avenir (since 2015).

Member of the scientific committee on the contribution of “mutualist” services to research and innovation (SSAM) at the Fondation de l’Avenir (2014-2015).

Member of the scientific committee on disability and employment in public services at the French school of Public Health (EHESP) (2013-2015).

Co-chair of the weekly CSO doctoral seminar with Etienne Nouguez and Jeanne Lazarus (2012-2015).

Co-organizer of the annual CSO seminar with Jeanne Lazarus (2015-2017).

CSO representative on the board of the Sociology department at SciencesPo (2015-2017).


Ph.D. in sociology University of Paris 8 (2008)

Diploma Ecole du Louvre (2004)

Master’s in sociology, University of Paris 8 (2003)

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