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Institutional membership: 
Université Grenoble Alpes
Resarch associate (m)
Post-Doc (m)
Non permanent.e
Research areas: 
Sociologie de la santé
Sociologie des professions
Sociologie du numérique
Research team: 



You can email me at the following address: brasseurph(at) Do not hesitate to visit my website:

Doctor in sociology qualified as a lecturer in sociology and demography (section 19 of the CNU). My pedagogical experience is based on a variety of courses aimed at different audiences (bachelor's and master's degrees; initial and continuing education; training in sociology, social work, health care professionals, school directors, and social economy executives), mostly with students in initial education from a wide range of high school programs, or continuing education, or continuing education. In the bachelor’s degree program, I taught introductory courses on sociology, its authors, and its concepts (that of socialisation), as well as courses on the discovery and deepening of sociological concepts, tools and themes. Name a few: gender, health, disability, digital technology, and socioeconomics.

In my thesis, entitled L'invention de l'assistance sexuelle: socio-Histoire d'un problem public (The invention of sexual assistance: sociohistories of a public problem), I studied the structuring and implementation of a new public problem, namely sexual assistance to disabled people, shedding light on the logic of the construction of the legitimacy of the public problem, its relationship with the socio-political history of disability in France, and the logic of the struggle and cooperation between institutions and professionals in the social and health fields.

I am currently extending these analyses of social policies on disability with an investigation into financing technical aids for disabled people (wheelchairs, hearing aids, and visual aids). This study is the first part of a larger research project on the social and political uses of disability and health policies and the fight against inequalities.

Finally, I have been involved in academic life since the beginning of my doctorate by sitting on national professional bodies (Association Française de Sociologie, elected a member of its local board, responsible for the "Professional Ethics" group), by organising and leading seminars regularly (Young Researchers Disability; Sexuality and Epistemology), and by participating in the organisation and implementation of various conferences and study days ("socio-economic approaches to sexuality"; "Sexual socialisation"; "Health and sexuality").

Afterwards, I joined the University of Grenoble, and more specifically the Pacte laboratory, for a research project on the economies of sexuality, particularly on the arrival of platforms specialised in the connection between clients and providers of a sexual service such as sex cam. I worked on disability, another of my fields of expertise in sociology, particularly employment and technical aids. Since then, I have been working on several themes: suicides during COVID and institutional violence toward disabled people. I continue to study the economies of sexuality, particularly with Jean Finez and Anne-Sophie Béliard, by studying the workers and clients of these platforms.

Finally, for the last two years, I have been conducting an independent investigation on the economies and work of drag. To do so, I conduct observations and interviews with French drag queens: I invite you to watch this interview conducted during the Festival Le Monde. An article will soon be published on the subject.

I teach sociology (general, disability, health and sexuality) in different universities in France. For example, Paris 13, the University of Brest, the University of Grenoble, the University of Toulouse 2 and the University of Lille. From a more collective point of view, I have been responsible for the RT28 "Recherches en sciences Sociales sur la sexualité" of the Association française de Sociologie (AFS) for four years, and I continue to be part of the board. I am also very involved in the French Sociology Association. I have been a member of its executive committee for seven years and its restricted bureau for four years. I have also been editor-in-chief of its journal, Socio-logos, and I am now a member of its editorial board. Finally, I am at the origin of the creation of the AISLF's "Sociology of Disability" Working Group.

All my publications (or almost) are freely available on HAL-SHS.

L'invention de l'assistance sexuelle : socio-histoire d'un problème public français
September, 2012 to November, 2016
External supervisor(s): 
Jacques Rodriguez, Geneviève Cresson

Geneviève Cresson (co-director), Jacques Rodriguez (co-director).
Virginie de Luca Barrusse (rapporteur), Pierre-Yves Baudot (rapporteur), Lilian Mathieu (examiner), Isabelle Ville (president).

Thesis summary: This thesis explores the emergence of a public problem in France: sexual assistance to people with disabilities. Based on interviews with supporters and opponents of sexual assistance, observations during training sessions or conferences on sexual assistance, and a corpus composed of archives, journals, specialised works, and grey literature, we analyse the genesis and deployment of this new activity. In the light of the sociology of sexuality, disability, public problems, and professions, this work shows that far from being taboo, the question of ‘disability and sexuality has been the subject of many discourses that condition how the public problem of ‘sexual assistance’ is posed today. The analysis allows us to look back at the invention of a French public problem related to sexuality issues after years of failure. This type of questioning is only possible through constructing the legitimacy of action. This thesis thus contributes to the understanding of the political issue of ‘disability and sexuality, but also, more broadly, to the sociology of the link between ‘sexuality’ and ‘work’.