Camille Mazé

Chargé(e) de recherche
Political scientist - Senior researcher - CNRS (LEMAR), Founder and coordinator of ApoliMer
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Research interests, field work, methods

Public action, including public policy and collective mobilization in governance, institutionnalisation and social change. Science / Policy / Economy interface, concerning different categories of public intervention in contemporary transformations of political spaces in different contexts: Nation-State, Regionalisation, Europeanization, Globalization.

More specialized interests are in the political anthropology and ecology of the Sea

Red thread: from the government of Culture (the fabric of the Identity: the case of "society museums") to the government of Nature (the fabric of the "governance of the Sea": the case of the (un)sustainable Land-ocean governance)

Field work: Focus on Europe, with cross-over look (United State, Siberia, China).

Interdisciplinary work: Social sciences of Politics (Political science, sociology, anthropology) and strong collaboration with Natural sciences of the marine environment (biology, biogeochemistry, ecology).

Social-ecological modelling and sustainability sciences.


Camille Mazé has been a senior lecturer in anthropology at Université de Bretagne Occidentale- University of Western Brittany (UBO) in Brest since September 2011. She is currently on secondment, funded by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), at the Marine Environment Sciences Laboratory (LEMAR) in the European Institute for Marine Sciences (IUEM) in Brest, at the western tip of Brittany. This full-time research post has been granted for the period 2015–2016 to allow Camille to institutionalise the collaborative research structure, ApoliMer (Political Anthropology of the Sea).

With a PhD in Social Sciences (Political Studies), Camille trained at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), where she defended her thesis in 2010 on the fabric of governance of European identity through the Europeanisation of museums in France.

Her research project received recognition when it was awarded the Pierre Pflimlin Prize in 2012 for ‘the best thesis on the construction of Europe, including theses for accreditation to supervise research’. This thesis gave rise to two published works, one in 2013 by CTHS and one in 2014 by Belin.

Camille researches public policies and collective action in relation to claims of identity made within the context of emerging new forms of power. Having focused her attention on the institutionalisation of culture as a category of state intervention through the conversion of national museums into European museums (contribution to a political sociology of Europeanisation), she now devotes her time to studying the environment and the sea in order to contribute to research on the governance of the oceans and on the ‘sustainable’ management of marine and coastal socio-ecosystems. 

Camille has thus created and developed ApoliMer with the aim of uniting researchers engaged in this research area.