Dr. Hélène Buisson-Fenet

Hélène Buisson-Fenet is a Senior Researcher at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon, member of the LaboratoryTriangle  (Political Sciences, National Center of Scientific Research – CNRS). She works on the administrative modernization of education through the social relationships which organizes it (L’administration de l’Education Nationale. Paris : PUF 2008) ; through the government tools it is structured (Les professionnels de l’action publique face à leurs instruments, with G. Le Naour. Toulouse : Octares, 2008) ; and through the re-scaling of educational politicies. She has published more largely on the relationship between State and professions, particularly in the French context of New public management (School Evaluation Policies and Educating States – Trends in four european countries, with X. Pons. Bruxelles : Peter Lang, 2014).

She has been co-responsable of the Sociology of education and vocational training Network of the French Association of Sociology (2010-2014).


Pr. Géraldine Farges

Géraldine Farges is Associate Professor at the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté (Dijon), Researcher at the Institute for Research in the Sociology and Economics of Education (IREDU), and associated to the Observatory for Social Change (OSC, Sciences Po/CNRS). She has been working on teachers in France for several years, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Her research have been published in international journals. She was a doctoral fellow at Sciences Po, where she focused on the sociology of the teaching professions looking at long-term processes and generational inequalities. Latest publication: Les mondes enseignants. Identités et clivages, Paris, PUF, 2017


Pr. Xavier Pons

Xavier Pons is Associate Professor in the University of Eastern-Paris Créteil and member of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of research on Political Studies (LIPHA). Member of several international comparative research projects since 2006, he works mainly on the transformations of the governance of education systems in France and in Europe, with a special focus on the role of policy tools, professional groups, knowledge and discourses in the policy process. He recently started to work on the shaping of policy debates and the role of media in the fabrication of education policy problems. Recent publications (in English) include: “Vernacular Globalisations. Accountability in Education Policy in France and Quebec”, Journal of Education Policy, Vol. 32 , n°1, 2017, p. 100-122 (with Christian Maroy and Claire Dupuy) ; “Fifteen years of research on PISA effects on education governance: A critical review”, European Journal of Education, vol. 52, n°2, June 2017, p. 131-144 ; “Tracing French Policy PISA Debate: a Policy Configuration Approach”, European Educational Research Journal, vol. 15, n°5, 2016, p. 580–597 ; Accountability Policies In Education. A Comparative And Multilevel Analysis In France And Quebec, Dordrecht, Springer, 2018 (forthcoming) (with Christian Maroy)