Elisa Thevenot


Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Institute of Education
GRK Doing Transitions

Münzgasse 22
72070 Tübingen


+49 (0)17699792499

PhD Project (start Jan. 2020)
Longing for purposeful work: Career transitions in the context of environmental sustainability

How do individuals talk about sustainability? How do they make it something of their own, something worth working for, and how do they use it to explain their career transition? Exploring the concept of environmental sustainability from a subject level perspective opens up many questions about: subjectivation processes, learning processes and micro social practices. The empirical investigation is a longitudinal study based on narrative interviews with individuals in different stages of career transition aspiring to work in a sustainability-labeld job.

Current research interests include:
Transition and Life Course research, Adult Education and Life-long Learning, Sociology of Sustainability, Practice Theory, Eco-critical Theory and Theories related to Doing Difference, Qualitative Longitudinal Methodology

Elisa Thevenot is a Franco-American, with a background in International Management. Her bachelor’s and master’s theses focused on renewable energies. She than worked internationally for 6 years in the field of market research and business development. Back to university life, her PhD study is a nice combination between her research interest and work experience: “Longing for purposeful work: career transitions in the context of environmental sustainability”. She is most interested in the way the environmental sustainability movement mingles with individuals’ life courses. She hopes to contribute to Life Course and Transition research with a particular focus on the sustainable development context.

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
07/2021 – « Un(re)markable retirement: Career transitions in the context of Sustainability », presentation in the « Linking Ages » Symposium, World Education Research Association, Online
06/2021 – “A Longitudinal approach to Practice Theory” PhD project discussion, for the Graduierten Kollegs ‚Doing Transitions‘ semestrial colloquium, online
03/2021 – “Linking Ages : présentation théorique et mise en pratique dans les cas de transitions de carrières“, presentation, Journées d´Études, Travailler les âges en professionel.le, Paris/online
10/2020 – „Longing for purposeful work: a praxeological approach to career transitions” – PhD project discussion with Prof. Dr. Thomas Alkemeyer, for the Graduierten Kollegs ‚Doing Transitions‘ Theory Workshop: 05.–07. October 2020, online.
09/2020 – Selected Poster for the German Sociology Congress (DGS), ›Gesellschaft unter Spannung‹, 14.-24. September 2020, Berlin (online).
02/2020 – Poster presentation, Doing Transitions in the Life Course –Discourses, Practices, Institutions, Subjects. DFG-Graduiertenkollegs Doing Transitions, 17.-19. February 2020, Tübingen

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

11/2021 – Co-organizer of the Workshop with Melanie Lovatt : « Temporalities », for early career researchers involved with Doing Transitions, University of Tübingen
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