Keynote Speakers

Alia Gana (Research Professor, CNRS, Université Paris-Panthéon Sorbonne)

Alia GANA is research professor at CNRS (Université Paris-Panthéon Sorbonne) and deputy director of the Research Institute of Contemporary Maghreb (IRMC) in Tunis. Holding a PhD in rural and environmental sociology (Cornell University), she has done extensive research on issues such as social systems of farm production, agricultural policies, rural and farm livelihoods, governance of water resources. Her empirical work covers a variety of rural and farm communities in the Mediterranean region (France, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt) and is mainly carried out within the framework of international and multidisciplinary teams (social sciences and biophysical sciences). Her professional career has included work at the Rural Economy Department of INRA Tunisia, at the Rural Sociology Department of Cornell University, and at the CNRS research unit LADYSS.

Her most recent research activities have taken place in the framework of the following projects: “Biophysical and socioeconomic approach of water management in the Cap Bon region, Tunisia (Mistrals program)”,“Water crises and perception of environmental risks related to farm irrigation in the Mediterranean (scientific coordination)”, “Women’s cooperatives and the sustainable management of Argan tree production in Morocco” (CNRS, EU), “Gender and water management in the Maghreb countries” (scientific coordination), “Peasants’ and farmers’ mobilizations in Tunisia and Egypt” (IRMC).

From 2006 to 2009, she has been member of the expert panel in charge of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). In 2010, she participated in the assessment of ICARDA’s Water and Land Research Program. She also conducted a research on water user’s associations in the framework of the evaluation study of the Tunisian Investment Program in the Water Sector (IPWS).

She is involved in several international research networks devoted to the analysis of current transformation of agri-food systems. She is member of the executive board of the research committee on the sociology of food and agriculture (RC40, International Sociological Association), member of the editorial board of The International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food (IJSAF), member of the scientific council of Agropolis foundation (France) and of the scientific council of the FARM foundation (France).

 Selected publications:

Gana A. et Tordhol T.H., « Protestations et mobilisations paysannes en Egypte: l’émergence d’une nouvelle force politique?», État des résistances dans le Sud. Les mouvements paysans, Revue du CETRI, 2014, pp. 43-51.

Gana A. “Conflits et protestations sociales en milieu agricole et rural: Les oubliés de la révolution tunisienne”, État des résistances dans le Sud. Les mouvements paysans, Revue du CETRI, 2014, pp. 91-99.

Gana A. et Abdelhakim T., 2013. Les agricultures du Maghreb-Machrek à l’épreuve de la crise alimentaire et des révolutions arabes, Maghreb-Machrek, ed ESKA, n°215, 162 p.


Gana A., 2013. “Poverty alleviation through microcredit: the impact of the Oued Sbaihya project on the sustainable management of natural resources and rural women’s empowerment in Tunisia”, Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Issue 22:3, 2013, pp. 685-700.


Gana A. 2012. “The Rural and Agricultural Roots of the Tunisian Revolution: When Food Security Matters”, International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture & Food, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 201–213
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Gana A., 2012, « Agriculteurs et paysans, nouveaux acteurs de la société civile et de la transition démocratique en Tunisie?», Redissi H., Nouira A., Zghal A. La transition démocratique en Tunisie. Etat des lieux, éditions Diwen, Tunis, pp. 273-293.


Gana A., Cohen M. , Ghachem N. 2012. « La gestion de l’eau en Méditerranée: un champ d’exploration des inégalités écologiques », Hassane Mouri (Dir), Eau, lien social et dynamiques locales, Publications de la faculté de la Manouba, Tunis, pp. 239-257.

Gana A. 2011. “Perception of Risks and Socio-Institutional Changes in the Management of Water Resources: A Comparative Approach of Local Dynamics in Four Mediterranean Countries”, in Water Policy and Law in the Mediterranean. An EvolvingNexus, Publications of the University of NoviSad, UNESCO IHP-PCCP, pp. 18-41.

Gana A., 2010, Gender and water management in Tunisia. United Nations Development Program. Undp. Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), 38 p.

Latiri K., Gana A., Shideed K. 2009. “Historical and current perspectives of agricultural knowledge, science and technology in Central and West Asia and North Africa”, in Agriculture at the crossroads, IAASTD, Volume 1, Island Press, Washington, pp. 27-82.

Gana A., M. Streith. 2008. Restructurations agricoles au Sud et à l’Est, Autrepart, A. Colin, IRD. 271p.

Mathieu N., Delafond V., Gana A. 2006. « Rural areas under urban pressure in France». G.Overbeek and I. Terluin (guest editors) Rural Areas Under Urban Pressure. Case studies of rural-urban relationships across Europe, Special issue Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, LEI Wageningen UR, The Hague, pp. 79-110.

Nicos Mouzelis (Emeritus Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics)

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Nicos MOUZELIS is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. He has published in the fields of sociology of organisations, sociology of development, social theory, and sociology of religion. Main book publications: Organisation and bureaucracy: An analysis of modern theories. Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1967, and Aldine Publishing Company, Chicago; Modern Greece: Facets of underdevelopment. London: Macmillan, 1978; Politics in the semi-periphery: Early parliamentarism and late industrialisation in the Balkans and Latin America. Macmillan, London, 1986; Post-marxist alternatives: The construction of social orders. London: Macmillan, 1990; Back to sociological theory: The construction of social orders. London: Macmillan, 1992; Sociological theory: What went wrong? Diagnosis and remedies. London: Routledge, 1995; Modern and postmodern social theorising: Bridging the divide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008; Modernity and religion: Secularisation, fundamentalism, ethics (in Greek). To be published by Polis, October 2014.

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