Stéphanie Barral

Stéphanie Barral

AgreenSkills session, year: 2nd session, 2016

Receiving laboratory: Center on Organizational Innovation, Columbia University

Country of origin : France




Mobility project

Markets for Ecosystem Services: Economic valuation of scientific knowledge

Markets for ecosystems services are currently developed as a response to environmental damages. They can be defined as the making of business exchanges based on the economic valuation of environmental goods. Prior to their valuation, these environmental goods need to be defined, that is to say built as abstract categories, and then quantified scientifically. As ecosystem services are complex and non-determinist processes, these operations are particularly deemed with uncertainty and thus controversial. Nevertheless markets for ecosystem services have been developed for a few decades now, and this economization of environment was made possible by the construction of new relationships between scientists and economic actors. From this stems the research question of this project: what do markets do to scientific knowledge production? The aim of this research project is then to analyze the new interface between environmental sciences and economy. Taking into account the contribution of economic sociology in understanding the role of knowledge production in the making of economy, I intentionally reverse the point in question raising the issue of scientific knowledge production’s entanglement in business constraints. Biodiversity offsetting appears to be a relevant study case to work on this question both theoretically and empirically. From a theoretical point of view, it allows to deepen three sociological debates. The first one relates to the activities of markets intermediaries and the way they structure markets. The second one relates to the transformation of public regulation frameworks linked with the integration of scientific knowledge as a new field to be ruled. The third one tackles the question of the new social relations that can be read into the marketization of environment. Empirically, I take the American and German biodiversity offset cases as standpoints to observe the making of emerging environmental markets in France.

Biography & research interests

I am a research fellow in sociology at INRA with a background in agronomy. I hold a Master Degree from Montpellier SupAgro and I received my PhD from EHESS (the French School for Social Science Studies, Paris). My research interests are first related to agriculture: during my PhD and post-doctoral researches, I have worked on several issues related to agricultural production such as farm labor issues, farm transfers, agrarian capitalism, land markets, agricultural policies. Drawing on a wide field experience including Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Chile, France and United States I seek to understand the current transformations of agriculture through economic sociology and political economy. Since my arrival at INRA in 2014, I’ve integrated environmental issues as drivers for agricultural change in the scope of my researches.

Selected publications

BARRAL, S., PINAUD, S., LOVELUCK, W., (2017, à paraitre). « Le pas-de-porte en agriculture. Marqueur de la dérégulation foncière et de la financiarisation des exploitations », VertigO, la revue électronique en sciences de l’environnement, numéro spécial sur le foncier.

*BARRAL, S., PINAUD, S., (2017). « Accès à la terre et reproduction de la profession agricole. Quelle influence sur la transformation des modes de production dans le Nord-Pas de Calais ? », Revue Française de Socio-Economie, n°18.

*BARRAL, S. (2015). Capitalismes agraires. Economie politique de la grande plantation en en Indonésie et en Malaisie. Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 240p.

BARRAL, S., SOURISSEAU, JM, PIRAUX, M., VALETTE, E., (2015). Contributing to territorial dynamics, in SOURISSEAU, JM. (ed.), Family farming and the worlds to come, Routeledge Netherlands.

BARRAL, S, (2015), “Entre Firmes et Exploitations Patronales, de Petites Plantations Familiales Éphémères En Indonésie.” In BOSC, P.-M., SOURISSEAU J.-M., BONNAL, P., GASSELIN, P., VALETTE, E. & BELIERES, J.-F., (eds), Diversité Des Agricultures Familiales. Exister, Se Transformer, Devenir. Versailles, QUAE, coll. Nature et Société.

BARRAL, S., (2015) “Les Firmes Agro-Industrielles Indonésiennes, Entre Héritage Colonial, Investissements ‘Chinois’ et Salariat Javanais.” In ALARY, P., LAFAYE, E., Capitalisme Asiatique et Puissance Chinoise, Diversité et Recomposition Des Trajectoires Nationales, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2015.

*GIBBON, P., DAVIRON, B., BARRAL, S., (2014). « Introduction: Questions of paternalism », Journal of Agrarian Change, numéro spécial « Lineages of paternalism: Labour management in large-scale agriculture in Africa and South East Asia ».

*BARRAL, S. (2014). « Paternalist supervision of labor in Indonesian plantations: between dependence and autonomy », Journal of Agrarian Change, special issue « Lineages of paternalism: Labour management in large-scale agriculture in Africa and South East Asia», vol. 14 n°2, p.240-259.

BARRAL, S. (2014). « Capitalisme de plantation et huile de palme en Indonésie et Malaisie. Les ressorts historiques et sociaux d’un succès économique », Dynamiques Internationales, n°9.

BARRAL, S. (2013). « Capitalisme agraire et migrations organisées. Le cas des plantations de palmier à huile en Indonésie », Hommes et Migrations, n°1301 « Migrations et milieux ruraux ».

BARRAL, S. (2013). « Capitalisme agraire en Indonésie : la marchandisation de la terre et du travail comme moteurs des rapports salariaux dans les plantations de palmier à huile », Revue de la Régulation, n°13 « Économie politique de l’Asie ».

BARRAL, S. (2012). « Plantations de palmier à huile en Indonésie et déprolétarisation », Études Rurales, n°190 « Les agricultures de firme », juil-dec 2012, pp.63-76.

Awards & patents

PhD Dissertation awarded with the Silver Medal of the French Academy of Agriculture, Social Sciences and Humanities section.



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