Scientific project

Work axes and methodology

The ApoliMer RTPi is a research structure focused on the enhancement of the political anthropology and ecology of the sea in order to decrypt the governing approach of the sea by societies in the global change context. Therefore, ApoliMer's members are involved in three main research domains:

1/ GOUVERNE : Government, control and monitoring of the seas.

2/ AMOCO : From global governance of oceans to sustainable management of coastal and marine socio-ecosystems

3/ RETRACE : Resistance and transformations of coastal communities facing global change.

ApoliMer tackles these three dimensions independently or crossed, (for example: strategic challenges linked with environmental and climatic issues). It is located in the Brest scientific and institutional landscape, at the intersection of human and social sciences and natural sciences. It is immersed in the heart of the marine environment sciences, at LEMAR (UMR 6539).

The team works primarily on the crossing of anthropology, political sociology and the sociology of science, in close interaction with other human and social sciences (law, economics, geography) and the dedicated natural sciences to the marine environment (biology, biogeochemistry, chemistry, ecology, physics) with the aim of exploring and clarifying the object and the particularly complex stake that constitutes "the governance of the Sea" today. It brings together researchers who handle the classical concepts and tools of anthropology, sociology and political science. The approach is always dual, socio-historical and ethnographic, in order to take into account both the historical depth and the social processes linked to change, in action, on the ground and thus to identify, map and analyze the actors, Institutions and groups that contribute to turning the sea into a public problem and an object of government (putting on the agenda, institutionalization processes), mobilization and struggles (interest groups, modality of Representation of interests around the sea).

The question of the interface between Knowledge, Power and Being is a privileged focus for understanding the conflicting relationships between conservation and exploitation of the sea (production, circulation, appropriation, (un) appropriation of scientific knowledge and local knowledge, Aboriginal, lay, professional) in the definition and production of public policy standards. In a very specific way, ApoliMer aims to help unravel the historical and contemporary links between science and power around the sea object by exploring the science / political / economic / social interfaces. One of the objectives is to contribute to the New Political Sociology of Science (Frickel and Moore, 2006)


Man-Nature relations, Sylvie Allais-Danto, 2017.