Research topics, current projects and interests
My current research focuses on the theoretical and methodological foundations of Mesoeconomics. I consider that the "mesoeconomic level" is relevant to identify collective action for changes in capitalism.
How can economists setting light on the creative potential of the instituting margins inside capitalism? Those margins can be defined as the situations in which actors create new rules which can progressively become an instituted economy taking part to the institutional changes in capitalism. I am focusing on "Global Value Chain" and "Global Production Network" literature in order to underline the capabilities of small firms to develop strategies to gain power within the mesoeconomic areas that constitute GVCs and GPNs.
Consequently, this research agenda has immediate applications for the understanding of institutional changes in capitalism at the age of the globalization.
My research agenda focus on two topics:
The nature and boundaries of the firms. I analyze the emergence of new form of firms in order to comprehend the relation between organizational innovations (namely: GVCs, GPNs) and capitalism changes. Two kinds of innovative firms are observed:
- "The agroholdings" in the Post-soviet Economies field study. These large firms play a significant role regarding the agribusiness transition in Post-soviet economies and the international integration of the food sector of the Post-soviet economies.
- the "agricultural biogas units" in France. The renewable energy production issue is particularly relevant as empirical research to embrace the specific features of integration of small firms within new kinds of "Global Value Chain"/ "Global Production Network".
The "collaborative economy" and the production of "intangible commons". Is the collaborative economy an instituting margin to limit job insecurity and to empower employees and/or citizens ? I'm focusing on two field studies:
- The "Business and Employment Cooperatives" in the "Social and Solidarity Economy" field study
- The "rotating savings and credit associations" (ROSCAs) developed by the middle classes in Morocco (in collaboration with Pepita Ould-Ahmed).
This research is carried out within the LADYSS (SDAR) laboratory. To reach my personal page you can click here.