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Quentin Dufour - Sociologist

Quentin Dufour is a sociologist, post-doctoral fellow at the Centre Maurice Halbwachs (ENS-EHESS, UMR CNRS 8097), and head of the research chair QUALIDATA funded by Region Ile-de-France. He is also a member of Institut Santé Numérique en Société within Paris Santé Campus.


Quentin Dufour’s work is at the crossroads of the sociology of quantification and data, and the sociology of science and technology. He is mainly interested in the activity of measurement in the world of official statistics. Through ethnographic surveys, he tackles questions around data production processes and data quality. Besides, he has developed a second line of research on the transformations of academic publishing at the open access age.


He made his PhD between Paris-Dauphine University (IRISSO) and Mines ParisTech (CSI). His thesis focuses on the activity of GDP measurement, as it takes place in the daily work of public statisticians. It pinpoints the organizational and moral dimensions that shape the numerical representation of the economy, highlighting the role of choices, tacit knowledge, and interpretation in calculation processes. It also insists on the singularity of the numbers that statisticians produce, and therefore on the singularity of the representation of the economy. After his defense in 2019, Quentin Dufour did a postdoctorate on the economy of academic publication at the open access age. He investigated the contractual relationships between academic libraries and publishers (transformative agreements), as well as the economic models of the so-called "Diamond" journals.


In 2022, he started a new postdoctorate within the research chair QUALIDATA, at Centre Maurice Halbwachs, ENS. He is also a member of the Institut Santé Numérique en Société, Paris Santé Campus. As part of his researches on measurement in official statistics, his project focuses on the production of public health data during the Covid crisis.

Journal articles3 documents

  • Quentin Dufour. Des tableaux vides aux tableaux pleins. La production d’une représentation globale de l’économie. Statistique et Société, 2021, 9 (3), pp.63-79. ⟨hal-03477045⟩
  • Quentin Dufour. Arbitrer pour chiffrer. Les comptables nationaux et l’énonciation de l’économie. Sociologie du Travail, Association pour le développement de la sociologie du travail, 2021, 63 (2), ⟨10.4000/sdt.39018⟩. ⟨hal-03278854⟩
  • Quentin Dufour. Martin Kornberger, Lise Justessen, Anders Koed Madsen, Jan Mouritsen (dir.), Making Things Valuable, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015.. Revue Française de Socio-Economie, Paris : La Découverte, 2015, 19 (2). ⟨hal-02108999⟩

Conference papers3 documents

  • Quentin Dufour, David Pontille, D. Torny. Contracting in The Open Access Age: Unboxing ‘Big Deals’ In Academic Publishing. 4S / EASST Conference, Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging Worlds, Aug 2020, Prague, Czech Republic. ⟨halshs-03027185⟩
  • Quentin Dufour, David Pontille, D. Torny. Transformative Agreements to Achieve Open Access - a First Systematic Analysis of Available Consortium-Publisher Documents. The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC), Nov 2020, Athènes, Greece. ⟨halshs-03027201⟩
  • Quentin Dufour, David Pontille, D. Torny. Transformative Agreements to Achieve Open Access - a First Systematic Analysis of Available Consortium-Publisher Documents. 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum The Global Transition to Open Access: Challenges and Solutions, Oct 2020, Bâle, Switzerland. ⟨halshs-03027196⟩

Reports1 document

  • Quentin Dufour, David Pontille, Didier Torny. Contracter à l’heure de la publication en accès ouvert. Une analyse systématique des accords transformants. [Rapport de recherche] 206 150, CNRS; Comité pour la science ouverte. 2021, pp.81. ⟨halshs-03203560⟩

Theses1 document

  • Quentin Dufour. L’objectivation comptable de l’économie nationale : Enquête sur la fabrique du PIB et des comptes nationaux français.. Sociologie. Université Paris sciences et lettres, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019PSLED018⟩. ⟨tel-03222360⟩