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Application and Residency Conditions 2024-25

For the second consecutive year, the National Center for Scientific Research’s Institute of Human and Social Sciences (InSHS) and Iméra are collaborating to offer a chair on “The Worlds of Labour.” The recipient of the LEST/Iméra chair will develop their research in collaboration with the LEST (Laboratory of Economics and Sociology of Work – UMR7317 CNRS-AMU). For InSHS, this chair is part of an effort to structure a national program dedicated to work as an object of research in the humanities and social sciences.

The LEST/Iméra chair “The Worlds of Labour” is open to researchers whose work addresses the human and social sciences of work (sociology, economics, political science, management science, law, history, geography, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, etc.).

This chair aims to promote research of excellence related to the challenges concerning the worlds of work that societies face (contemporary changes in the relationship between individuals and society with work, the link between work and subjectivities, innovations and experiments related to the meaning and organization of work, digitalization and work, risk management in work organizations, professional integration of young and older individuals, etc.).

All research projects will be considered, particularly those that demonstrate a certain degree of risk-taking to start a particularly innovative project related to the thematic program of Necessary Utopias in which this chair is situated.

For this year, projects analyzing the content, implementation, and impact of long-term unemployment reduction policies or those aligning with a perspective of the right to employment, such as the Territoire Zéro Chômeurs de Longue durée (TZCLD) experimentation in France or Belgium, are specifically expected. An international comparative approach would be appreciated.

Furthermore, the holder of the chair will be invited to interact with the Work Reflection Group established by InSHS to provide an international comparative perspective on their work aimed at drafting a White Paper on research on work in France by the end of 2024.

The chair holder is also expected to participate in the activities of ArTLib – Workshop on Work and Liberties – created in 2019 at Iméra. This is an interdisciplinary and international collective that aims to discuss and disseminate ideas and practices related to profound transformations in work and their effects on the sphere of personal and collective liberties and utopias.

Applications will be selected based on the excellence and scientific and/or methodological risk-taking, as well as the interdisciplinary and international dimension of the proposed project.


Deadline: 16 October, 2023 at 1:00 pm (French time)

Duration of residence: 10 months (preferably)

Residence period: 2 September, 2024 to 4 July, 2025

Eligibility criteria

The LEST/Iméra chair is open to established and internationally renowned researchers whose work is interdisciplinary, involves scientific risk-taking in line with the “Necessary Utopias” thematic program in which this chair is included, and who have or are willing to establish a strong collaborative relationship with LEST. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
  • Hold a Doctorate or PhD;
  • Have an employment contract (permanent or not) in a foreign university or research institution during the residency.
  • Proven scientific excellence in one of the research fields related to sustainable development.

Remuneration and accommodation

The holder of the Chair receives a monthly allowance of 3000 euros.

She/he will also benefit from paid travel expenses and free accommodation on Iméra premises.


Online applications must include the following supporting documents:

  • A duly completed application form (mandatory fields);
  • A curriculum vitae including a list of publications.
  • A presentation of the project (maximum 5 pages) followed by a selective bibliography (compulsory for researchers).
  • A letter of support from an Aix-Marseille University researcher or associate/assistant professor.

About the Chair’s partner

The Institute of Human and Social Sciences (InSHS) is one of the ten institutes of the CNRS. It coordinates research on societies and human beings in collaboration with numerous academic and institutional partners. The development of the humanities and social sciences is manifested through the development of tools, methods, and theories that allow for their understanding and comprehension at various scales of time and space. Dedicated to fundamental research, InSHS is also highly attentive to shedding light on the challenges and contributions of this research for human societies.

The Laboratory of Economics and Sociology of Work (LEST) is a Joint Research Unit of the CNRS and Aix-Marseille University. Established in 1969 as a dedicated unit of the CNRS, its ambition has always been to produce high-level fundamental and engaged research on work and its evolutions, in connection with education and employment. As its name suggests, the laboratory was initially interdisciplinary. Today, researchers from seven disciplines come together to analyze work and its worlds as a reflection of contemporary social dynamics.