The global aim of restraining global warming under 2 °C increase of
average global temperature (resulting from COP21 negotiations) seems
feasible to many experts only if we manage to harness the natural
capacities of carbon sequestration of natural carbon wells, such as
ocean or soil. Today, France plays a pilot role in the development of
new soil carbon sequestration technologies both through the
international Initiative of “4 per 1000: soils for climate and food
security” and the recent publication of a new obligation for French
territories of assessing their carbon stock in order to manage and
improve it (Plan Climat Air Energie Territorial: PCAET).
The PhD thesis aims to analyze the rise of new socio-political logics of
climate anticipation, based on soil and soil carbon, through developing
a sociological investigation into the on-going implementation of those
two political devices (4 per 1000 and PCAET). It includes two sets of
research questions that will contribute to:
- political sociology scholarship on the new politics of climate change
and their focus on “negative emission technologies” as well as
anticipation and adaptation at the territorial level
- the sociology of measurement scholarship and the literature on the
biopolitics of nature (role of soil carbon measurement techniques in
making soils knowledgeable and governable as a whole)
- environmental humanities: relations of society to soil and focus on the climatic services rendered by soil.
The investigation of two on-going devices of public action is very
promising regarding the innovation of the PhD thesis. The PhD thesis
will participate in the Territories department Leading Axis “Adaptation
of Territories to climate change”. It involves a pluridisciplinary
supervision through C. Granjou (research director in sociology) and
Lauric Cécillon (research fellow in soil biogeochemistry) and a steering
committee including competencies in political sciences (especially the
politics of climate anticipation) and science, technology and innovation
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