Curriculum Vitae


Languages: French (C2), English (C2), Russian (B2), German (B1), some Chinese, modern Hebrew, Attic Latin and Greek.

Profile keywords

Feminist environmental studies | ocean and underwater studies | cosmologies | photography | filmmaking.


Since 18/01/2023: Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts.


Professional Preparation and Education

08/08/2022: Professional Title Diver-Public Work (French commercial diver certification) + Certificat d’Aptitude à l’Hyperbarie (CAH) IIA | IDSA 3, Ecole Nationale des Scaphandriers.

19/12/2018: Ph.D. (doctorat) in Sociology, Université de Bordeaux. Diss. title: ”Human spaceflight in the symbolic economy of European state-building.” 

30/06/2015: M.A. in Comparative sociology and political science, Sciences Po Bordeaux.

Past University and Research Appointments

04/07/2022 – 05/08/2022: Research and Development Fellow in Underwater and Space Habitat Development, Spartan Space (ethnographic fieldwork).

01/09/2018 – 31/08/2021: Lecturer in sociology and space politics, State University of Saint-Petersburg.

01/09/2015 – 19/12/2018: Ph.D. Research Fellow in sociology, University of Bordeaux.

01/09/2015 – 31/12/2017: Assistant Lecturer in sociology, University of Bordeaux.

University Service and Leadership

10/04/2020 – ongoing: Co-Editorship, Visual Studies (Q1), Taylor and Francis.

12/02/2022 – ongoing: Executive board member for the Association des études sur la guerre et la stratégie (Association of war and strategy studies).

14/10/2020 – ongoing: Founding and acting Chair for the “Space Habitats Committee” within the International Astronautical Federation, gathering space policy makers, social scientists, engineers, designers, architects, and astronauts.

01/07/2020 – ongoing: Advisory and Review Board member for the European Research Council (ERC) funded “ETHNO-ISS” project, led by Prof. Victor Buchli, UCL, London.

08/02/2020 – ongoing: Regular peer-reviewing for Men & Masculinities (Q1), Visual Studies (Q1), Millennium: Journal of International Studies (Q1).

30/11/2018 – ongoing: Researcher part of the IAA (International Academy of Astronautics) Commission 6, Study Group 17 “Multicultural Foundations and Influences of Human Space Exploration”, International Academics of Aeronautics.

01/03/2020 – 30/06/2022: Founding Chair for the International Political Science Association Research Committee ‘Visual Politics’.

2015 – 2018: Creation and chairing of graduate students associations and collectives, University of Bordeaux/Sciences Po Bordeaux, including representative roles within the Graduate School.

2017 – 2018: Delegate and Task Force member to develop cooperation between the universities of Bordeaux and Tsukuba (Japan) in social sciences (Centre Émile Durkheim/Institute for Comparative Research in human and social sciences.

2015 – 2018: Co-chair for a research section of the Centre Émile Durkheim laboratory.

2015 – 2017: Participating researcher in Programme Jean Monnet, “2020 Horizon”, EU financing. “Europe’s Spaces of Knowledge: Ideas, Discourses, and Integration of Elites in Science”, coordinated by Bertold Schweitzer (University of Dundee, Scotland) and Thomas Sukopp (Siegen Universität, Germany).

Current memberships

Since 2022:

  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).
  • The Mars Society.

Since 2021:

  • Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).
  • Women in Aerospace – Europe (WIA-Europe).
  • Federation Française d’Etudes et de Sports Sous-Marins (FFESSM).
  • Fédération Française Aéronautique (FFA).

Since 2020:

  • Social Studies of Outer Space network (SSOS).
  • Political Studies Association (PSA), Group “Space, Governance, and Politics”.
  • Association pour les Etudes sur la Guerre et la Stratégie (AEGES).

Since 2019: International Visual Sociology Association.

Since 2018: Nordic Anthropological Film Association.

Since 2017: International Studies Association (ISA), Sections “Post-Communist States”; “International Political Sociology”; “Science, Technology, and Art in International Relations”.

Supervising and mentoring activities

01/09/2018 – 31/08/2021: Supervision of Masters’ Degree theses and mentoring of doctoral students in sociology and political science, State University of St. Petersburg. 

01/09/2015 – 31/12/2017: Supervision of B.A. fieldwork research and dissertations, University of Bordeaux.

01/09/2014 – 30/06/2015: Mentoring and tutorial of B.A. students, Faculty of Sociology, University of Bordeaux.

IT Skills

Word processing and presentations MS Office, Adobe, statistical enquiry software (Sphinx), web-editing, conception XDesign, CAD Shapr3D, photo and video treatment, Slack teamwork and organization.


Select of peer-reviewed / journal publications

2023 :

  • “Building languages of trauma: conversation with Laura
    Magnusson”, Visual Studies, vol. 38, no. 2. With Susan Hansen, Kate Korroch, and Laura Magnusson.

2021: “On film as a method, gender and health politics: conversation with Sophie Harman”, Visual Studies, vol. 36, no. 1. With Sophie Harman, John Grady and Susan Hansen.


  • “Materialising nationalism: European space industries in the Europeanisation-Nationalism nexus”, Journal of Contemporary European Studies (Q1), vol. 28, no. 2. 
  • “The politics of heroes’ body: ethnographying the training of foreign astronauts in Russia”, Corpus Mundi: Journal of body studies, vol. 1, nº2.
  • “Photography, Space Artefacts and the Ethnographic Self”, Journal of Narrative Politics, vol. 6, no. 3.

2018: Translation of Jane M. Young, « ‘Pitié des Indiens pour le cosmos’ : perspectives amérindiennes sur le programme spatial des États-Unis » [“Pity the Indians of Outer Space: Native American Views on the Space Program”, 1987, Western Folklore], Revue d’Anthropologie des Connaissances (Q2), 12 (1), p. 81-94.

Select of Edited Volumes


  • Invited publication: “The manufacture of national heroes: human spaceflights, post-soviet identity, and sovereignty in Contemporary Russia”, in De Orellana P. & Michelsen N., Global nationalism: Ideas, movements and dynamics in the twenty-first century, World Scientific Publishing.
  • Invited publication: “Une discipline du sensible : le rapport aux sens dans l’apprentissage et l’expérience de vol des astronautes” [Sensitive discipline: relationship to senses in the training and flight experience of astronauts], in Candau J. & Battesti V., Apprendre des/par les sens, Petra. With Jean-François Clervoy.

2017: Invited publication: “Building a political order upon science: a sociological study of the European human space program”, in Sukopp T. & Schweitzer B.(eds.), Knowledge Communities in Europe. Exchange, Integration and its Limits, Springer, p. 67-92. 

Published monographies

2021: La fabrique de l’astronaute : ethnographie terrestre de la Station Spatiale Internationale [Manufacturing the astronaut: an Earthly ethnography of the International Space Station], Editions Petra.

Photobooks and essays

2023: The thread of water: an essay on photography, ethnography, and Feminist ecologies, Immaterial Books (forthcoming).


Select of conference presentations and proceedings (to be updated for 2023)

21/09/2022: “Platform for an in-situ lunar samples pre-analysis: preliminary concepts and requirements for a facility in EUROHAB”, International Astronautical Congress, Paris (France).

14/12/2021: “Space politics, cosmologies and legitimate knowledge: towards a decolonial visual methodology in International Relations”, Oral Storytelling session, International Visual Methods Conference, Cap Town (South Africa) and online via Zoom.

30/07/2021: “Europe first”: the Role of a Shared Narrative about Europe in Sovereignty Claims”. Panel “Narratives of and about the National Identities”, annual world congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), Universidad Nova de Lisboa (Portugal).  

22/10/2020: “Normative dependency, mediation and the sublime: a Bourdieusian approach to international space policy”, Millennium Conference on Global Politics, online due to Covid-19.

12/10/2020: “The role of social norms, spatial language and aesthetics in the development of space habitats”. International Astronautical Federation’s Congress, online due to Covid-19.

29/06/2019: “Embedding national myths: spaceflights and the permanence of a post- soviet identity”. Workshop “Reflections on nationalism”, King’s College, London (United Kingdom).

27/06/2019: “Diplomacy and science as relational: Genesis of Space Diplomacy in Human Spaceflights Contexts”, European Workshop of International Studies, Panel “Diplomacy-Science nexus”, Jagiellonian University, Kraków (Poland).

19/06/2018: “Virtues and limits of a ‘carnal sociology’ of a United Nations Committee”, Colloquium “RUN 2018 – Researching the United Nations and Other International Organizations: Rethinking Methods of Investigation”, University of Geneva (Switzerland).

18/04/2018: « La réorganisation des territoires d’Europe de l’Est au prisme du programme ISS (International Space Station) » [The restructuration of territories in Eastern Europe through the ISS program], seminar of the CEFR, Centre d’Études Franco-Russe, Moscow (Russia). 

02/11/2017: “From ESA to an Eastern European Space Organization (EESO): multilateral governance and regional integration through the administration of spaceflights”, United Nations Workshop on Human Capacity-Building in Space Science and Technology, Samara National Research University (Russia). 

01/07/2017: “Embodying the State: towards a carnal sociology of the ‘political fetishism’ at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs”, London Conference in Critical Thought, Panel “Ethnography and ethics”, South Bank University of London (United Kingdom).

30/05/2017: “Institutional implications of the astronaut training: what is at stake in future human spaceflights programs?”, Congress of the International Society of Gravitational Physiology, Russian Academy of Science, Zvenigorod (Russia).

22/11/2016: “Reaching Kosmos from Baikonur: integrations and connections of a post-soviet space through human spaceflights”, colloquial “(Dis)integration and(dis)connection in the post-soviet space (1991-2016)”, Centre de Recherche Internationale (CERI) of Sciences Po Paris (France). 

05/07/2016: “L’intervention de l’État dans le procès scientifique” [The State intervening in the scientific process], XXème Congress of the Association Internationale des Sociologues de Langue Française, University of Montreal (Canada). 

25/05/2016: “Future manned space exploration relying on the history of spaceprograms: the case of the Soviet and Russian spacepolicies”; “The epistemic production of bureaucracy in Russia: science aboard the International Space Station”, Human Space Exploration Conference, International Association of Astronautics/Roscosmos, Korolev (Russia).

12/12/2015: “Boundaries in Outer Space: International Collaboration, Epistemic Translation and Division of Expert Labor within the European Space Agency”, Workshop “Europe’s Spaces of Knowledge: Ideas, Discourses, and Integration of Elites in Science”, Siegen Universität (Germany). 

14/04/2014: « Dynamiques de production de savoirs scientifiques en sciences de l’univers. Une approche par la sociologie des sciences » [Production of scientific knowledge in space research: a perspective from sociology of science], Bordeaux Observatory and astrophysics laboratory, Astrophysics laboratory of Bordeaux (France). 

Select of invited presentations

23/09/2022: “Sociocultural dynamics in space habitability concepts”, plenary talk for the Space Architecture Symposium Conference, Conseil National de l’Ordre des Architectes, Paris (France).

23/06/2022: “Sociology of human space exploration”, “Philosophy of Space Exploration” online international workshop, Academia of Air and Space.

21/04/2022: “Le corps à l’épreuve du cosmos », with Jean-François Clervoy and Vincent Battesti, National Museum of Natural History, Paris (France).

16/06/2021: Plenary speaker at the panel “Forecasting Future Space Habitability: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of ISS Permanent Occupation”, International Astronautical Federation’s Global Space Exploration Conference, Saint-Petersburg (Russia). 

14/06/2021: Plenary “International Collaboration for Sustainable Space Exploration”, Next Generation Day, International Astronautical Federation’s Global Space Exploration Conference, Saint-Petersburg (Russia).

09/02/2021: Centre for Outer Space Study/UCL Space Domain, University College London (U.K.). “Visualising space politics: using photography to study a space programme”.

04/12/2020: Centre d’Etudes Franco-Russes, Moscow (Russia). Presentation of, and discussion around the documentary film “La sociologie comme elle s’apprend”.

27/02/2020: Highest School of Economics, Saint-Petersburg (Russia). “Space conquest today: Russia versus the world?”.

24/07/2018: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (Australia). “The State in the Blurring: Thinking Categorization and Comparison in Studying Human Space Programmes Privatization”, 25th International conference of the International Political Science Association. Invited talk, panel “Comparing Policy-Making Boundaries: The Blurring of State and Civil Society Actors in Public Policy”.

20/11/2017: Institute for Comparative Research in human and social sciences (ICR), Tsukuba University (Japan). “Searching for elective affinities: methodological and epistemological implications of a comparative analysis based on the theory of social fields”, Symposium of the ICR.

20/11/2015: University of Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines (France). “Sociologie des sciences en microgravité : premiers éléments de terrain“, Seminar “Sociology Of Science” of the Printemps laboratory (UVSQ).

Select of conference participation as Chair and/or Discussant

20/09/2022: Chair for sessions “Systems and Infrastructures to Implement Sustainable Space Development and Settlement” and “Simulating Space Habitation: Habitats, Design and Simulation Missions”, International Astronautical Congress, Paris (France).

08/07/2021: Chair and invited plenary speaker for the “How to Get Published session: roundtable with Visual Studies Editors”, International Visual Sociology Association Conference, online via GatherTown.

15/06/2021: Chair for sessions “Lunar Exploration” and “Mars Exploration”, Global Space Exploration Conference, Saint-Petersburg (Russia).

08/04/2021: Chair for the session “International Relations Theory”, International Studies Association, online due to Covid-19.

26/03/2021: Discussant for the workshop “Sportnauka: sport performances and European comparative analysis”, online via Zoom.

22/10/2020: Chair for the session “South-South Connections in Global Politics”, Millennium Conference on Global Politics, online due to Covid-19.

01/03/2019: Discussant of Viktor Kaplun (Highest School of Economics/State University of St. Petersburg). «Язык иполитической теории: ‘gouvernementalité’ Мишеля Фуко, и что сталосней в русских переводах [Languages of political theory: ‘governmentality’ in Foucault’s works and its fate in the Russian translation], Highest School of Economics, Saint-Petersburg (Russia).

04/10/2018: Chair for the Special Session (panel) “Twenty years of the International Space Station: Shaping the future of human space exploration”, 69e International Astronautical Conference, Bremen (Germany).

01 & 02/06/2017: Conference “Faire système des savoirs en sciences sociales : implications théoriques et réflexives d’un dialogue entre Pierre Bourdieu et Andrew Abbott.”[Consequences of encounters between Pierre Bourdieu and Andrew Abbott], Sciences Po Bordeaux (France).  

2015-2017: Organization and chairing of a monthly lecture seminar on science studies, Centre Emile Durkheim (France).

Select of Organized Scientific Events

24/01/2022: IAF Space Habitats Committee’s Call for Ideas, online international workshop via Zoom.

26/10/2021: Special session, “Rethinking the sustainability and inclusiveness of space exploration through the design of space habitats”, international astronautical conference, Dubai (UAE).

20/05/2021: “Politics in Motion: Using video and film-based practices in/on Eastern Europe”, online international workshop via Zoom.

05/03/2020: Workshop of visual studies “Making the power visible”. Organization, moderation, and introductive conference “Introduction to the uses of photography in social science”, State University of St. Petersburg (Russia).

04/10/2018: Special Session (panel) “Twenty years of the International Space Station: Shaping the future of human space exploration”, International Astronautical Conference, Bremen (Germany).


Select of Media Interviews and Press Coverage

17/03/2022: Interview for Newsweek (UK/USA), “Russian Threat to Create Military Space Station Dismissed by Experts”.

11/03/2022: Interview for Nature (USA), “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is redrawing the geopolitics of space”:

11/03/2022: Interview for Les Échos (France), “Menaces sur l’ISS, rover européen sur Mars… : le conflit en Ukraine met le spatial sens dessus dessous”:

25/02/2022: Interview for the AFP (USA/France), see for example “U.S.-Russia Tensions Spill Into Space”, Moscow Times:

13/12/2021: Radio interview for the book La fabrique de l’astronaute, Radio France International, “Décryptage”.écryptage/20211213-la-fabrique-des-astronautes-les-coulisses-d-une-formation-éprouvante.

05/10/2021: “Repolitiser l’espace : ce qu’un film en orbite dit de la stratégie spatiale russe”, A.O.C. Media, [Online].

19/12/2020: Invited speaker for the live radio broadcast « Foreign Affairs », France Culture,

15/09/2016: “Rosetta/Philae : retour sur une mission touchdown” [Rosetta/Philae: notes on a touchdown mission], Ciel & Espace, n°549.

2015-2020: Consultant for the French newspaper Le Monde scientific redactor for space-related news.

19/10/2015: “Mars, au cœur du star-system” [column about Mars settlements programs], Le Monde “Sciences & Médecine”.

Invited Museum and Science Communication

26/10/2020: Critical Mediations Salon Series on Materiality (online due to the Covid-19), University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Roundtable including researchers and art practitioners.

24/08/2019: Institute of Arts and Crafts, Saint-Petersburg (ХОРСЪ Центр Искусстви Ремёсел, Russia). Lecture “Photography, social science and indigenous knowledge”.

31/01/2019: French Institute of Saint-Petersburg (Russia). Performed conference « Le Cyborg, l’idéologue et la cosmonaute : incarner les techniques dans l’exploration spatiale soviétique » [The Cyborg, the ideologist, and the cosmonaut: embedding technologies at the Soviet space age]. « Night of Ideas », annual manifestation of science communication

14/09/2016: Center of architecture “Arc en rêve”, Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux (France). Guest in the debate: “Over the line: exploring and inhabiting at the world’s boundaries”, as part of the art exhibition Constellation.s. Talk published online at

Completed Art Projects

See the “Art Projects” page.


Awards and honors

2022: International Visual Sociology Association’s Rieger Award.

2021: Association of Space Explorers’ “Emerging Space Champion” Award.

2019: Awarded paper “Imagining urban life in outer space“, magazine of the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture, and Design.

2018: Thesis award in Law, Economy, and Sociology of the Air and Space Academy.

2015: Top graduating student at the university of Bordeaux, department of social sciences.

Grants and other funding received 

Funding for the organization of local and international conferences excluded.

2021: Association of Space Explorers’ “International Space Station Crew Fund” scholarship.

2020: 3-month postdoctoral fellowship, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH)/French Institute of South Africa-Research.

2017: 6-month competitive research scholarship «AMI» from the Centre d’Études Franco-Russe of Moscow.

2016: 3-month research scholarship from the Centre d’Études Franco-Russe of Moscow.

2015: Highly competitive 3-year research Ph.D. grant in a pluridisciplinary applicants pool, Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la recherche.