[PhD’s Corner] Théo Martin: Digital agriculture – The question of labor in agricultural holdings

 Théo is one of the #DigitAg co-funded PhDs

Digital agriculture: The question of labor in agricultural holdings

  • Start Date:  September 2019
  • University: MUSE Montpellier SupAgro & Paul Valery Montpellier
  • PhD School:Territoires Temps Sociétés et Développement (ED60 TTSD)
  • Field(s): Economic and social geography
  • Doctoral Thesis Advisor: Lucette Laurens (Université Paul Valery – Montpellier)
  • Co-supervisors : Pierre Gasselin (Inra Innovation) et François Purseigle (ENSAT UMR Agir)
  • Funding: #DigitAg & Inra
  • Research Project: Métaprogramme INRA GLOFOODS
  • #DigitAg: Axis 1 – Challenges: cross-cutting subject

Keywords: Digital agriculture, labor, agricultural holding, territory, farm management, automation, ICT, innovation


Digital agriculture (DA), including information and communication technologies (ICT) and automated agricultural machinery, is the subject of many hopes to transform agricultural models. Some even talk of a revolution and consider it as a source of innovation sometimes for a more sustainable agriculture sometimes for more competitive farms. The scientific literature focuses on the operation of these digital tools and their economic impacts. A broad field of research seeks to understand the contribution of this DA to the transformations of agriculture. Agricultural holding  is a relevant entry to understand both the consequences of the DA on the ongoing changes in labor in agriculture but also to identify changes in the management strategies. Mobilizing analytical frameworks of economic and social geography, this thesis project explores the changes induced by the DA in the socio-economic and territorial logics of farms. These results will allow us, in a second time, to study how the DA changes the modes of coexistence of agricultural holdings and agricultural models in the territories studied.


Contact:  theo.martin [AT] inra.fr​ – +33 6 30 79 23 87

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T. Martin, P. Gasselin, N. Hostiou, G. Feron, L. Laurens & F. Purseigle (2020), Robots and Transformations of Work in Farms -Protocol for a Systematic Review, Protocol for a Systematic Review