A multidisciplinary team

Gendhi’s approach is resolutely multidisciplinary, combining sociology, demography, economics and epidemiology, in close collaboration with clinical researchers.

Heads of the project

The Gendhi project is led by four scientists.

  • Nathalie Bajos
    • Sociologist and demographer
    • Research Professor at Inserm and EHESS
    • PI-coordinator of the Gendhi project

    Nathalie Bajos is a sociologist and demographer, Research Professor at Inserm and at EHESS. The analysis of gender inequalities has been at the heart of her work. She has directed several national and international multidisciplinary surveys. She co-directs a large national cohort survey on COVID-19 and works on social inequalities in health in the context of the pandemic from an intersectional perspective. Her research is conducted in France and in other regions of the world in order to compare health issues in different social, political, cultural and health contexts.

  • Muriel Darmon
    • Sociologist
    • CNRS Research Professor

    Muriel Darmon is a CNRS Research Professor and a former President of the French Sociological Association (2017-2021). A qualitative sociologist and an ethnographer, she studies socialization processes in various contexts (weight-loss groups, hospitals and schools). Her most recent publications in English include Becoming anorexic : a sociological study (Routledge, 2017), and articles in Qualitative Sociology, European Societies and The Sociological Review. She is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Sociological Theory, published by the American Sociological Association, and International Sociology Reviews, published by the International Sociological Association, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the journal Sociology, published by the British Sociological Association.

  • Pierre-Yves Geoffard
    • Economist
    • Director of Research at the CNRS, Paris School of Economics

    Pierre-Yves Geoffard is a research economist at the CNRS and professor at the Paris School of Economics (PSE). His research activity focuses on the analysis of health behaviors and public health policies, health expenditures, and socioeconomic inequalities in health. After ten years, he returned to these issues as a full-time researcher. More recently, his work with Bénédicte Apouey has focused on the link between children’s health and the socio-economic conditions of parents, in the United Kingdom and France. An important part of his research program is devoted to socio-economic inequalities in health, with a new focus on gender issues.

  • Michelle Kelly-Irving
    • Epidemiologist
    • Inserm Director of research

    Michelle Kelly-Irving is a social epidemiologist and director of research at the French institute of health and medical research (Inserm). Her research focuses on the mechanisms and processes involved in the production of health inequalities over the life course, including health outcomes and trajectories that are determined by social and psychosocial mechanisms from early in life. She has led intra- and inter-cohort epidemiological analyses taking an interdisciplinary life approach, integrating social to biological research on health inequalities. Michelle leads the Inserm EQUITY team at the Centre d’Epidémiologie et de Recherche en Santé des Populations Centre (CERPOP)-UMR1295 based at the University of Toulouse III.


  • Meryem Lebon
    • Administrative and Financial Manager
    • Inserm
  • Sami Zoghlami
    • European Project Officer
    • Paris School of Economics

Research team

The team is composed of about twenty doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows. The young researchers working on this project are trained in the field of social sciences of health and interdisciplinarity related to these issues.

  • Shirine Abdoul Carime
    • PhD student
    • Family health: sociology of ordinary relationships to health among parents of young children
  • Eugenia Alcalde
    • PhD student
    • Study of gender and its articulation with other markers of social position in the management of mental disorders, based on data from the Constances cohort
  • Julie Ancian
    • Postdoctoral researcher
    • Quality of life and health inequalities among people affected by severe COPD
  • Elena Bassoli
    • Postdoctoral researcher
    • Health inequalities and Gender Health Inequalities: a longitudinal analysis using the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)
  • Kathleen Bastian
    • PhD student
    • Gender bias in medical recommendations for cardiovascular disease
  • Amélie Beaumont
    • Postdoctoral researcher
    • Study of socialization to health through family monographs
  • Léna Bonin
    • Research Engineer
    • Methodology related to causal inference and intersectionality applied to social data
  • Hélène Colineaux
    • PhD student
    • M/F health differences from observational data: methodological approach
  • Elie Dougé
    • PhD student
    • Medical care and relationships to health among the rural working classes
  • Camille Foubert
    • Postdoctoral researcher
    • Social inequalities in the hospital care pathways of people with a 'Long Covid'
  • Inès Labainville
    • PhD student
    • Felt" emergency or "real" emergency? - Categorization process and care trajectories in the emergency room and the EMS
  • Romance Lassis
    • PhD student
    • Working conditions, physical and mental health of nurses and nursing assistants
  • Inès Malroux
    • PhD student
    • Gendered socializations, development and health in early childhood
  • Amalia Martinez
    • PhD student
    • Relationship between gender, socioeconomic position, and spatial environment of individuals and impact on colorectal cancer risk, management, and survival
  • Sarah Nicaise
    • Postdoctoral researcher
    • Family monographs, analysis of health socialization, and the incorporation of relationships to the body, health and the medical world
  • Mira Rahal
    • PhD student
    • Explanatory factors for differences in mortality and healthy life between women and men in the elderly
  • Anne-Sophie Vozari
    • Postdoctoral researcher
    • The gender of depression: an investigation into the diagnosis and management of depressive disorders in general medicine

Partners' collective

The Gendhi community is expanded to include practitioners and research associates.

The research is organized into working groups that focus on different parts of the health care cascade (see Figure 1 in the project presentation). These working groups will evolve over time. At this stage, two groups have been formed around the issues of Socialization and Care.

  • Associate researchers
    • Emmanuelle Cambois
      • Demographer
      • Research Director at the "Institut national d'études démographiques"
    • Emilie Counil
      • Epidemiologist
      • Research Officer at the "Institut national d'études démographiques"
    • Cyrille Delpierre
      • Epidemiologist
      • Research supervisor at Inserm and head of the CERPOP
    • Emmanuelle Godeau
      • Teacher-researcher, public health physician at the "Ecole des hautes études en santé publique"
    • Aurore Loretti
      • Sociologist and lecturer
      • Laboratoire Ethics à l'Université catholique de Lille
    • Isabelle Mallon
      • Professor of Sociology at the University Lumière Lyon 2
      • Deputy Director of the Max Weber Center
    • Christine Mennesson
      • University professor in sociology at the "Institut d'Études Politiques de Toulouse"
    • Anne Paillet
      • Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
      • CESSP Member
    • Lidia Panico
      • Research Officer at the "Institut national des études démographiques"
    • Laurent Rigal
      • General practitioner and epidemiologist at the University of Paris Saclay
      • Inserm
    • Catherine Vidal
      • Neurobiologist
      • Co-leader of the "Gender and health research" group at the Inserm ethics committee

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