Elisa Thevenot


Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Institute of Education GRK Doing Transitions

Münzgasse 22 72070 Tübingen


+49 (0)17699792499

PhD Project (start Jan. 2020)

Professional transitions in the context of the ecological transition

How do individuals make sense of the ecological transition? How through biographical narratives is the ecological transition related to life courses, embedded in personal stories and used to explain life course transitions? Exploring the concept of sustainability from a subject level perspective opens up many questions about: subjectivation processes, learning processes and micro social practices in the context of the ecological transition. Her PhD is based on the analysis of narrative interviews with people that conduct career transitions related to sustainability.

Transition and Life Course research, Adult Education Biographical and Life-long Learning, Sociology of Sustainability, Practice Theory, Eco-critical Theory and Theories related to Doing Difference, Qualitative Methodologies, Future of Work

Elisa Thevenot completed a master’s in business administration. In both her Bachelor’s (2009) and Master’s (2011) her foci are renewable energies. After 6 years working in market research, she returns to university life. In 2020 she integrates the interdisciplinary group Doing Transitions with a PhD project about professional transitions in the context of the ecological transition.


Thevenot, Elisa (2022). Quand le développement durable devient un projet professionnel : reconstruction des pratiques d’acteurs abordant la transition écologique par le travail, in Special Issue : Le Monde du travail face aux défis de la transition écologique, IRT Aix Marseille, Chroniques du Travail, 12, 175-197


09/2023 “Time to combine work and sustainability: learning to accommodate rhythms.” presentation for the event ‘Adult Learning at the Nexus of Life Course, Work & Transitions’, Goethe University Frankfurt (https://adult-learning.de/)

08/2023 “When sustainability becomes something professional: Diverse ways of learning between Work & Sustainable Development” in symposium with Stephen Billet ‘Understanding Transitions to and Through Working Life: Concepts, Methods and Procedural Imperatives’ at the ECER, Glasgow

07/2023 « Conjuguer travail et développement durable : « bifurquer » pour réagencer les rythmes qui structurent les parcours de vie », presentation in the RT38 Sociologie de l’environnement et des risques, Congrès AFS, Lyon

05/2023 “Emerging Transitions in the context of sustainability”, presentation in the panel ‘Emerging transitions in and out of work in contemporary social change’, for the Doing Transitions International conference, Frankfurt

04/2023 “Life Course transitions in the midst of sustainability: theoretical and methodological reflections”, presentation for the conference: “Neue (theoretische) Entwicklungen in der Übergangsforschung – Deutsch Schweizer Perspektiven”, St. Gallen

11/2022 “Transitions, Transformations, Trajectories – Life Course Transitions through the lens of Pierre Bourdieu”, presentation with Maria Keil and Flora Petrik for the conference, „Twenty years with(out) Pierre Bourdieu studying crisis and social change today“, 4-5.11.2022, Cagliari

09/2022 “Sustainable communities – a time for resonance in older age”, presentation with Lena Schmeiduch (University of Osnabrück), in the Symmposium “Gerontologie und Weltbeziehung – Das Resonanzkonzept nach Hartmut Rosa und seine Anknüpfungspunkte für die Alternsforschung” at the DGGG Conference: „Altern im Spannungsfeld von Resilienz und Vulnerabilität“. 12-15.09.2022, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main

09/2022 « Becoming a sustainability professional: the practice of arranging competences » Presentation for the DGfE ESD Commission Conference 2022: “Ecological, social and individual upheavals and their relevance for education for sustainable development” 05.- 07.09.2022, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main

04/2022 « Becoming more sustainable? Doing Sustainability by Doing Difference » in the Symposium “Doing transitions – on making and becoming across the life course. Benefits for educational research from a relational perspective on life course transitions“, AERA & WERA annual meetings, San Diego

03/2022 « The messy crossings of career and national boundaries in adulthood » in the Symposium „Doing Transitions: Herstellung und Verhandlung von Grenzen und Zugehörigkeiten an Übergängen“ ENT | GRENZ | UNGEN | 28. DGfE-Kongress 2022, University of Bremen, Online

07/2021 – « Le développement durable au cœur des transitions de carrières », presentation for RT22 Life course and social dynamics research, Association Française de Sociologie, Congrès de Lille, Online


10/2022 – „DeGrowth als Forschungsgegenstand“, expert guest with Lena Schmeiduch in the MA Social Work Blockseminar of Prof. Annette Franke, Protestant University of Applied Sciences, Ludwigsburg

07/2021 – « Da will ich ums Verrecken nicht zurück, Wie sich Erwerbsarbeit verändert und welche neuen Übergänge das zur Folge hat », for the Studium Generale Lecture series : Doing Transitions in the Life Course, Guest Lecturer in collaboration with Lukas Kammerlander, University of Tübingen

06/2021 – « Transitions in Adulthood », for the Seminar: Zu Übergängen forschen, Guest Lecturer in collaboration with Michael Bernhard, Goethe University Frankfurt

RESEARCH ANIMATION (most relevant)

11/2023 – Conference organizer of the franco-german conference: « Regards et Réflexions sur les concepts de Bifurcations et Doing Transitions (BDT) », University of Tübingen

07/2023 Symposium moderator with Michel Grossetti for RT22 – Parcours de Vie et Dynamiques Sociales – Session 3, Congrès AFS Lyon

07/2022 Co-organizer of the Workshop with Vitor Ferreira: «Bernard Lahire and Sociological Portraits», for early career researchers involved with Doing Transitions, University of Tübingen

05/2022 – Guest in BA Seminar, LMU München: „Die Qual der Wahl? Zur Vielfalt qualitativer Verfahren“ Lecturer: Anna Wanka 05/2022 – Chair & Discussant of the evening talk with Glen H. Elder & Rick A. Settersten about their new book: „Living on the Edge. An American Generation’s Journey through the Twentieth Century“, Online Event – with Frank Oswald 03/2022 – Presentation of „Doing Transitions“ for the French research network on life course: ‚RT22 Parcours de vies et dynamiques sociales‘ – with Axel Pohl

01/2022 – Co-organizer of the workshop discussion: Social Change & Transitions: Mimesis from a practice-theoretical and relational perspective. Guests: Thomas Alkemeyer, Nikolaus Buschmann & Kerstin Meißner

07/2021 – Organizer and co-chair of the Symposia : « Linking Ages ». World Education Research Association Congress, Online, Jul. 2021 03/2021 – Animator of the public talk with Ted Schatzki : « The Trajectory of one’s Life. A Practice Approach. », University of Tübingen, Online