Profile of Laurent Lesnard, winner of CNRS Bronze Medal 2011

Laurent Lesnard

The Bronze Medal is awarded for a researcher’s first work, which heralds their arrival as a talented new specialist in their field. This accolade is an encouragement from CNRS to continue with research that is already ground-breaking and fruitful.

Laurent Lesnard is a sociologist of time in contemporary societies. He studies questions of individual and domestic working hours and the transformation of social ties.
This young sociologist has developed a quantitative method that takes into account the chronological dimension of everyday activities, previously understood only in terms of time-budgets and durations. Thanks to this method, Laurent has shown that many couples today have highly desynchronised working days. The effects on family relationships has led him to speak of “disarticulated families.”

A former student of the École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE) and the École normale supérieure of Cachan, Laurent Lesnard is a researcher at CNRS, a member of the Observatoire sociologique du changement (OSC) and Director of the Centre de données socio-politiques (CDSP), units of Sciences Po/CNRS. He is also an associate researcher at the Laboratoire de sociologie quantitative du Centre de recherche en économie et statistique (CREST-INSEE) and the Centre for Time Use Research (OxfordUniversity).

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