SAPS-RA-RP2 - Science avec et pour la société – Recherches participatives 2

The link betwoon employment and housing in the logistics sector in the Ile-de-France region: art-based participatory research – RECREALOG-IDF

Submission summary

With the transformation of salaried employment and production systems in Western Europe since the 1980s, new risks and vulnerabilities have emerged at the intersection of housing and employment. These social risks and vulnerabilities were the focus of attention by French economic and social players in the 2010s, and have given rise to a new generation of housing interventions, based on sectoral or territorial approaches. The aim of this action-research project is to contribute to the development of such type of intervention, by examining the link between employment and housing using the case of logistics workers in the Ile-de-France region, and by developing an original participatory methodology based on photographic creation.
More specifically, the project has three objectives:
1/ to lead a club of logistics firms on the link between employment and housing in the Ile-de-France region;
2/ to mobilise a panel of workers reflecting the diversity of socio-demographic profiles, employment statuses and workstations in logistics companies in the Ile-de-France region, as well as the diversity of places of residence, forms of housing and tenure statuses of the logistics workforce in the region;
3/ to develop and experiment, with workers in the Ile-de-France logistics sector, photographic protocols that can be adapted to the diversity of contexts involved in the link between employment and housing (housing practices and interiors, places of residence, places of consumption, modes of transport, logistics parks and companies) and that make it easier to discuss the documented experiences within the project, the companies and with wider audiences.
To achieve these objectives, the project is based on a consortium combining academic knowledge linked to the study of cities and urban regions, art, aesthetics and photography, with the knowledge of action and experience accumulated on the link between housing and employment in the Ile-de-France region by the regional management of Action Logement Services and its partners. Over the course of the project, this consortium will also include logistics companies and workers, in order to set out with them the problems of the link between employment and housing in the Ile-de-France region. These actors will be mobilised through a survey dealing with the way logistics companies understand this link, and through workers’ photo clubs which will produce a collective documentation and interpretation of their conditions of employment and housing in the Ile-de-France region.

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PASSAGES Arts et Littératures XX-XXI
Action Logement Services Ile-de-France
ECLLA Etudes du Contemporain en Littératures Langues Arts

Help of the ANR 99,876 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: - 18 Months

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