Bérénice GIRARD

Bérénice Girard is a postdoctoral fellow at CSH. Her current research is part of the Hybridelec project (https://hybridelec.hypotheses.org/) and focuses on energy transition in Indian cities. She is particularly interested in the development of renewable energy-based mini-grids in small towns and dense peri-urban areas. She defended her PhD in sociology in July 2019 at EHESS Paris (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales — School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences). Her thesis, entitled “The Engineers, the River and the State. The role and place of engineers in the management of the Ganges”, was awarded the French Academic Network on Asian Studies (GIS Asie) 2020 PhD Award.

Her previous postdoctoral fellowship (2018-2020) was hosted by the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés (Gustave Eiffel University) and the Centre for Policy Research New Delhi. It was also funded by the Hybridelec project. Her study focused on the district of Bhagalpur (Bihar), where the supply of electricity via the conventional grid has recently improved after several years of failure. This improvement, linked to massive public investment, is disrupting the local electricity market, which offered alternatives to the grid and included different types of objects, activities, regulations and agents. The research thus gives insights into the assemblages of actors, technical objects and institutions, which preside over the nature, structure and evolution of local electricity supply systems.

Recent publications:

« Gérer des infrastructures dysfonctionnelles. Les ingénieurs et techniciens en charge des infrastructures d’assainissement à Bénarès », Tracés, n°35, 2018.

(In press) « Un ingénieur contre l’exploitation hydraulique. G. D. Agrawal et la lutte pour la protection du Gange » in Roland Lardinois et Charles Gadéa (eds) (2021), Les ingénieurs en Inde de 1850 à nos jours. Paris: Garnier Flammarion

(In press) « Public civil engineering, an expertise from the past? Insights from a contested public utility in a time of reforms » in Vanessa Caru (ed) (2021), Engineers and Society in India from c.1850 to Present Times, New Delhi: Oxford University Press

                                                                                                                            


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