In advanced modern societies that many describe as in crisis, individuals feel vulnerable in an environment over which they have little control. This feeling is all the more acute as social policies related to educational and professional interruptions, training, social integration, job insecurity and disability have little or no impact on the social and economic drivers of vulnerability. This lack of efficiency is due either to the inadequacy of public policy or to its rejection, whether definitive or provisional, by those benefiting from it.

A Scientific Question: Individual Experiences of Vulnerabilities and Social Policies

The seminar seeks to continue the collaborative discussion on inequalities and injustices by exploring more closely the areas of vulnerability. The aim is to examine (biographical, educational, professional and health) pathways from the point of view of individual resources and institutional support. Since vulnerability is a process that leads to exclusion or integration, the care of vulnerable groups by social policies is approached from the perspective of individual and collaborative actors. The idea is to draw on the cross-cutting theoretical and methodological contributions from the sociology of experience, professional groups, public policy analysis and the renewed approach to injustices and inequalities.

Research Undertaken and Convergent Objects

The individual and collaborative work carried out within this stream has led to the emergence of an interdisciplinary centre of expertise in the fields of education, training, employment, and health and social welfare. They build on the work of Céreq, the Aquitaine regional Centre for Studies and Research on Qualifications. Co-led by the facilitators of the VIP stream, this centre integrates and carries out a series of collaborative research projects on vulnerabilities, inequalities and individual pathways. This work is also backed up by the activities and issues of the Gironde Observatory of Vulnerability and Poverty (OGPP). A series of national (ANR, DEPP-Ministry for Education, DREES-Ministry for Social Affairs and Health) and European (FP7, Marie Curie) research programmes are under way that address the socio-political analysis of vulnerability in various fields, including schools, universities, health, social action, etc.

Leading a Broader and Vocational Collaborative Discussion

The aim of this research stream is to initiate discussion on the experience of vulnerabilities, primarily involving the laboratory’s researchers and doctoral students. It also aims to broaden the discussion to external members. Extended study days are therefore organised within the VIP research stream. This stream is open to researchers, educators, doctoral students and institutional actors interested in the question of vulnerabilities both from the point of view of the process of creating social fragility and the ability of vulnerable people to cope with or even overcome or escape from it.

You can view the programme for the current year here.

Updated on 27/04/2021