Cyrille HARPET

Cyrille HARPET

EHESP avenue du professeur Léon BERNARD Département Santé Environnement Travail & Génie sanitaire - 35043 - RENNES cedex

Tel: +33 (0) 2 99 02 26 82 (work) / +33 (0) 6 40 95 14 56

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Discipline(s): social and urban anthropology ; biological anthropology; urban planning and environmental health ; epistemology

Current position: Professor at the EHESP, Department of Health, Environment, Work and Health Engineering

Diploma(s): PHD epistemology and philosophy of sciences ; DEA [Diploma of Advanced Studies] in social anthropology ; DU [University Diploma] in biological anthropology ; Master's in environmental audit and management

Affiliation(s): Collectif de recherche sur le handicap, l’autonomie, société inclusive (CoRHASI), Department of environmental and occupational health, UMR 6051 ARENES-CRAPE


From my initial training in the philosophy of science (1997, PhD at the University Lyon 3-Jean Moulin) and social anthropology (1996, DEA [Diploma of Advanced Studies] at University Lyon 2), I went on to study biological anthropology (1999, faculty of Medicine at Marseille La Timone) and Environmental auditing (1998, Master's specialising in environmental management, INSA [National Institute of Applied Sciences] of Lyon). With this pathway I have tried to combine human and social sciences and environmental engineering. All of this work concerned the problems of waste impact and management (domestic, urban and industrial).

My first professional experience was in the life conditions of "sorters" at the Antananarivo landfill in Madagascar (with Médecins sans Frontières) in 1996.
My second professional experience was in the chemical industry (in charge of the Environment and health risks mission) with the implementation of a system for collecting waste and a study of health risk evaluation of applicators and users of pesticides.
Finally, as a research engineer at an engineering-consultancy office I conducted the following research on "territoires et développement durable" ["territories and sustainable development"] whilst teaching (Universities de Lyon 3 [Universities of Lyon 3], UT de Troyes [Troyes University of Technology], and at colleges such as INSA-Lyon [National Institute of Applied Sciences-Lyon], Ecole Centrale de Lyon [Central School of Lyon], Ecole de Management de Lyon [Lyon Management School], Agro-Paris-Tech de Paris [Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences).


Research fellow :

  • co-manager and researcher in the UMR 6051 ARENES- scientific research unity for public policies - CNRS- Unversities of Rennes 1 & Rennes 2- EHESP- IEP Institut d'Etudes Politiques; Website :

- associated researcher in the UMR [Mixed Research Unit] 5600 EVS (Environnement Ville et Société [Environment, Town and Society])), LABEX Intelligence des Mondes Urbains [Urban World Intelligence] (IMU)

Research topics and routes :

  • Perception of Environmental and Occupational Health risk, social anthropological research among people who are exposed or not (professional chemical applicators ; urban residents in enclosed sectors ; residential populations of sites at industrial and natural risk) ; representations of factors and levels of health risks.
  • Social inequalities in environmental health in territories : analysis of territorial disparities among populations through qualitative in situ surveys (at residents' homes) on the representations of living conditions (quality of accommodation and the environment).
  • Town planning, development and environmental health (territorial and town planning development projects and documents). How can public health be incorporated into the design of territorial development ?

Keywords :  Town planning and environmental health ; social inequalities in environmental health ; perception and representation of risks ; risk exposure factors ; risk analysis and management in environmental health.

Current projects :

  • EITANS [Industrial and Territorial Ecology] : ADEME [French Environment and Energy Management Agency] contract-  2010-2013 (research programme : Waste and Society)
    Coordinated by the Université de Technologie de Troyes [Troyes University of Technology] (UTT) ; the EHESP is in charge of the section entitled "analyse du territoire de la Biovallée en Drôme" ["analysis of the Biovallée territory in Drôme"] (qualify of life, environmental health criteria) and the "territoire de la vallée de la chimie en Rhône-Alpes » ["chemical valley territory of Rhône-Alpes"] (industrial ecology application criteria).


  • PRESAL (2011): "young researcher" project at the EHESP ; Perception of environmental health risks in urban areas in Lyon and Lille ; anthropological study of residents in 4 urban sectors identified according to a for or against index (n=96 households).


  • DISPARITES (2012-2013) : transversal EHESP project looking at social health inequalities on a territorial scale ; performance of field surveys and an anthropological analysis of environmental health in Paris (follow-up to PRESAL). Analysis of policies to combat social inequalities in environmental health (public policies of local authorities, practices of national departments and public agencies).


  • Town planning and environmental health, DGS [Directorate General of Health] (2012-2013) : ordered by the ministry of health and social affairs, for the development of a methodology for analysing and evaluating urban planning projects and documents relative to public health determinants (global health approach). Agreement from October 2012 to October 2013. With Anne Roué-le-Gall. A guide entitled "Agir pour un urbanisme favorable à la santé [Action for urban planning favourable to health]" has been produced following this research.


  • RISKMANCHE (2012-2015) : European research programme, led by the University of Brighton ; research on the analysis of social perception of health risks relative to shellfish consumption in France and Great Britain (with Michèle Legeas, EHESP professor).


  • ANAPHANER (2012-2015) : project analysing biological matrices from collections at the National Museum of Natural History of Paris ; 193 samples of hair from a Savoyard population at the end of the 19th century ; study of the metal contaminants in the integuments and correlations with "historical" exhibitions of subjects (MNHN [National Museum of Natural History], INSERM-IRSET [National Institute for Health and Medical Research-Institute of Research on Environmental and Occupational Health], LERES-EHESP [Environmental Health Study and Research Laboratory-French School of Public Health]).


  • PROPOLISE (2013):  Rhône-Alpes region, scientific review of works on the health risks of pollenisers and populations (with the Institut de Droit de l'Environnement [Institute of Environmental law], Université Lyon 3 [University of Lyon 3], director Philippe Billet) ; interview with C. Harpet on the ENVITERA [Rhône-Alpes Environmental Health platform] website (Envirhônalp)


  • EXPORA (2013) : spatial approach to the health risks of exposure to pesticides in the Rhône-Alpes area. Literature review on epidemiology and human sciences (UMR 5600-EVS [Environment, Town and Society], with Christina Aschan-Leygonnie, Marie Augendre).


  • SIPIBEL-RILACT (2014-2017) : on Bellecombe's pilot site (Haute-Savoie), the research project carried out within a large scientific consortium (9 partner laboratories, specialising in analysing residues of chemical substances in effluents) was steered by GRAIE (Groupement de Recherche Rhône-Alpes sur les Infrastructures et l'Eau [Rhône-Alpes Research Group on Infrastructures and Water]). The DSET-GS [Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, and Health Engineering] and LERES [Environmental Health Study and Research Laboratory] (Barbara Le Bot) contributed by analysing brakes and levers in changing practices in the management of drug residues (in prescription, consumption and drug disposal chains). Anthropologist Maxime Cisilin is currently writing a thesis under the supervision of Jean-Yves Toussaint (director of the UMR [Mixed Research unit] 5600-EVS [Environment, Town, Society] and director of the Labex IMU-Lyon [Lyon Laboratory of Excellent Urban World Intelligence initiative), and Cyrille Harpet.


Areas of expert skills :

  • Methods for qualitative surveys in social anthropology (problems, populations, fields, conducting interviews, data analysis).
  • Research project management in environmental health (conception to evaluation) : health risks linked to chemicals (pesticides), social perception of risks (industrial, natural, technological, nutritional, etc.), social perception of inequalities in environmental health.
  • Management and control of waste collections-processing systems, industrial and regional ecology.


Examples of expert assessments :

  • scientific committee for the Biovallée project, Grand Project Rhône-Alpes (GPRA).
  • scientific committee for the Rhône-Alpes regional platform in Environmental Health (ENVITERRA).


Head of the Environment, Health and Territory course at the Université d'été de Santé Publique [Public Health Summer School] in Besançon, July 2014; 2015; 2016  in Besançon - France


Teaching fields :

  • Social-cultural approach to risks (sociology and anthropology) in environmental health ;
  • Project management (management and supervision of projects in environmental health) ;
  • Town, town planning, regional development and environmental health ;
  • Ethics and social responsibility of organisations  (SRE) ;
  • Industrial and regional ecology.

Responsibilities and sectors-courses :

  • In charge of Master's 2 in Santé et Risques Environnementaux [Health and Environmental Risks] (co-accredited with Paris 5, Paris 11, Nancy 1) ;
  • Head of UE 6- Atelier Santé-Travail-Environnement et Risques [Occupational and Environmental Health and Risk Workshop] (ASTERISK),
    UE 3.2 (Acteurs, Organisations et Réglementations [Stakeholders, Organisations and Regulations]), for the training of Engineers and Managers in Occupational and Environmental Health (IMR-SET) and Health Research Engineers (IES),
    UE 3 : Méthodologie de Gestion de Projet en Santé Environnement [Project Management Methodology in Environmental Health] ;
  • Basics of public health : Global health ;
  • Module Inter-Professional [Inter professional module] (MIP) ;
  • Séminaire Inter-Ecoles [Inter-School Seminar] (SIE) : Aménagements Urbains et Santé Publique [Urban Development and Public Health].

Other institutions : INSA Lyon (Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering ; Urban Civil Engineering) ; Université Lyon 3 [University of Lyon 3 ] (Master's 2 in Ethics and Sustainable Development) and University of SHANGHAI (China).