Postdoctoral researcher (M/W) on the economics of biogas in Occitanie.


2 Sep 2023
Job Information

Acteurs, ressources et territoires dans le développement
Research Field
Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)
Application Deadline
22 Sep 2023 – 23:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract
Job Status
Hours Per Week
Offer Starting Date
1 Jan 2024
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?

Offer Description

Presentation of the Circulades key challenge

The Circulades challenge is a research consortium supported by the Occitanie region as part of its “Key Challenges” program.

The Circulades challenge finances the BiogazOvert project, which focuses on the valorization of biogenic CO2. This project is led by the Charles Gerhardt Institute in Montpellier (ICGM), the Toulouse Inter-University Center for Materials Research and Engineering (CIRIMAT) and the Acteurs, Ressources et Territoires dans le Développement (ART-Dev) laboratory.

The BiogazOvert project

The circular economy is characterized by a transformation of social and economic practices guided by the three Rs paradigm (reduce, reuse and recycle), and by greater proximity between stakeholders in value chains (reduction of transport-related pollution). The valorization of waste for biogas production is part of this logic. This project proposes to take a further step towards a more circular economy by assessing the recovery methods for a material resulting from biogas purification and hitherto considered as a waste product: biogenic CO2. From a chemical and technical standpoint, four families of complementary catalysts are proposed to transform this CO2 into molecules of interest. From a socio-economic point of view, a study of the biogas industry in the Occitan region will be carried out to identify the conditions for deploying these methods. The post-doctoral contract is part of the latter work package.

This post-doctoral contract is part of the socio-economic package. The analysis of the Occitan biogas and bio-methane sector will be carried out using the framework of Technological Innovation System, defined as the network of agents interacting in a specific technical field and within its own institutional structure, with a view to generating, disseminating and using a technology. This system will be analyzed using functional analysis, with the aim of breaking down the complexity of the system in question and facilitating comparison with other European territories already studied in the literature.

Post-doctoral work will focus on conducting field surveys in Occitanie to obtain qualitative data on the innovation system. These data will feed into the functional analysis of the innovation system in which the recruited person will participate. Finally, a prospective evaluation of the Occitan industry will be carried out to assess its propensity to converge towards a (more) circular model.

Selective bibliography
Bergek, A., Hekkert, M., Jacobsson, S., Markard, J., Sandén, B., & Truffer, B. (2015). Technological innovation systems in contexts: Conceptualizing contextual structures and interaction dynamics. Environmental innovation and societal transitions, 16, 51-64.
Bergek, A., Jacobsson, S., Carlsson, B., Lindmark, S., & Rickne, A. (2008). Analyzing the functional dynamics of technological innovation systems: A scheme of analysis. Research policy, 37(3), 407-429.
Berthe, A., Grouiez, P., & Dupuy, L. (2018). Les «upgradings stratégiques» des firmes subordonnées dans les CGV: le cas des éleveurs investissant dans des unités de méthanisation. Revue d’économie industrielle, (163), 187-227.
Carlsson, B., & Stankiewicz, R. (1991). On the nature, function and composition of technological systems. Journal of evolutionary economics, 1, 93-118.
Markard, J., Wirth, S., & Truffer, B. (2016). Institutional dynamics and technology legitimacy–A framework and a case study on biogas technology. Research Policy, 45(1), 330-344.

The person recruited will work in the ART-Dev laboratory (UMR 5281). The ART-Dev joint research unit is multidisciplinary, combining geography, economics, sociology, politics, agronomy, regional planning, urban planning, architecture and anthropology.

Its scientific project is structured around 4 axes: Axis 1, Rural trajectories: models, practices and policies; Axis 2, Environment and climate change: Governance, Resources and Conflicts; Axis 3, Circulation and anchorage : practices, networks et territorial reconfiguration; Axe 4, development models and alternatives, served by 130 members, from five supervisory bodies CNRS InSHS Institut National des Sciences Humaines et Sociales, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, CIRAD (Centre International de Recherche sur l’Agronomie et le Développement), Université de Montpellier, Université de Perpignan Via-Domitia and an associated team, CEREQ (Centre d’Études et de Recherches sur les Qualifications).

The postdoctoral work will be carried out within the Biogazovert project. This implies the participation of the person recruited in working meetings and research seminars within this project and within the Circulades research consortium.

Field missions accompanying this research work will be financed by the Biogazovert project.


Research Field
Education Level
PhD or equivalent


Research Field
Years of Research Experience
1 – 4

Additional Information
Eligibility criteria

Candidate profile
Doctorate in economics with a thesis related to environmental and energy issues or the economics of innovation. The candidate will also have an interest in interdisciplinary approaches in the social sciences. Post-doctoral professional experience should not exceed two years.

Theoretical and disciplinary knowledge
– Knowledge of environmental, energy and natural resource economics
– Knowledge of industrial organization
Knowledge of the innovation systems approach is an advantage, but is not a prerequisite for application.

Operational know-how
– Conducting field surveys
– Statistical analysis and software (e.g. STATA, R, etc.)
– Writing skills and ability to synthesize

Language skills
– French: good oral and written skills
– English: good oral and written skills

Additional comments

Application documents to be sent to the address below :
– Updated CV
– Covering letter
– A representative research article
Application files should be uploaded on the CNRS website.
Application deadline: October 31, 2023.
Contact for further information: Clément Bonnet, MCF in economics (… )

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