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Maryline Cannou Specht

Sociologist, Lecturer, Université Paris Cité

Contact: maryline.specht(at)



Our research is focused on crises’ situations similar to the terrorist attacks which hit the French soil, the global COVID 19 pandemic, the 2020 flood in the South-Est region of France or the multifactorial crises of the French Antilles.

The methodology is based on participatory action inquiries and ethnographic field studies. Surveys are conducted with different categories of populations such as victims, scientific advisors, rescuers or politicians. All of them are considered in their relation with public health emergency situations, natural hazards, major technological disasters or social violence, all situations which are interrelated to long term processes such as climate change, technological innovations or social and political transformations.

Crises are analysed as psychological, both clinical and social, intertwined processes, involving people. This analysis provides a genesis modelisation of crises’ situations, their progresses and resolutions. It witnesses the emergence of risks and threats, the people's transactions regarding their implication and commitment, decisions’ and interactions’ arrangements and knowledge constructs.

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