Reference : UMR5283-AUDCHA-001
Workplace : LYON 07
Date of publication : Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Scientific Responsible name : Sylvie Monchatre
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 September 2022
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly
Description of the thesis topic
Based on the observation of a significant increase in haematological cancers in the lower Rhône valley, this doctoral research contract aims to examine the potentially occupational origin of haematological malignancies. The study population will be seasonal agricultural workers, hired under contracts with the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII), for whom there is no institutional monitoring system, even though they contribute to the MSA (Mutualité sociale agricole). The research will take place within the framework of GISCOP 84 and in relation with the Oujda hospital in Morocco.
The objective is to increase knowledge of the occupational exposures suffered by Moroccan seasonal workers in the crops of southern France. It is also to understand the factors that favour the non-characterisation of the occupational origins of their cancers, as well as the non-recourse to the right to recognition as an occupational disease.
This research will be carried out within the Max Weber Centre https://www.centre-max-weber.fr. It requires extensive travel in France (to GISCOP84, in Avignon), as well as in Morocco (to the Jacques Berque Centre, in Rabat).
This project will be supervised by Sylvie Monchatre, professor of sociology at the Université Lumière Lyon2 and researcher at the Max Weber Centre, as well as by Frédéric Decosse, research fellow at the CNRS, attached to the Laboratoire d'Economie et de Sociologie du Travail (LEST) and researchers at GISCOP 84.
The person recruited should have a Master's degree in social sciences. He/she should be familiar with occupational health issues, as well as with the institutions and mechanisms for monitoring occupational diseases. He/she must have a perfect command of survey techniques (documentary analysis, interviews, life stories and in situ observations). The Master's thesis with the defense report must be provided with the CV and the letter of motivation.
The person recruited is expected to study the medical files of the patients followed by the Oujda hospital centre, and to conduct interviews reconstructing their professional careers, in order to identify those who have carried out an agricultural activity in France and to characterise the carcinogenic exposures that they may have undergone in this context.
She will also study the relations of Moroccan seasonal workers with French social protection institutions, using observations and interviews within the Caisses Primaires d'Assurance Maladie (CPAM) and the Mutualité Sociale Agricole (MSA), in order to understand the obstacles to the monitoring and continuity of the rights of workers moving between the two countries.
It should also investigate the reasons why some of these workers - particularly those who have returned to live in Morocco - do not make use of their social protection rights.
Finally, it will have to carry out a longitudinal follow-up of the careers of around thirty Moroccan seasonal workers under OFII contract.
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