His dissertation analyzes the participatory devices and their appropriations on the basis of ethnographic and prosopographic material collected in the mining region of Gafsa (Southern Tunisia). Its principal goal, through an inductive approach and “thick descriptions” of ordinary relations to politics, is to use participation as an analyzer of the effects of the regime’s domination and of the actors’ capacities to bypass it.
His research and his field work on the 2011 uprisings has been published in several academic and scientific books, journals and magazines, such as Revue Française de Science Politique, Politique Africaine, Cultures & Conflits, Mouvements, Le Monde Diplomatique. He co-edited a book with Thomas Pierret, Au Coeur des révoltes arabes. Devenir révolutionnaires, which has been published in May 2013 by the Institut de Recherche sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (Iremam / Armand Colin).
His research and field work for the WAFAW Project concern Maghrebi societies, mainly Morocco and Tunisia. It aims at understanding from a local point of view the transformation of ordinary relations to politics within working class and/or subaltern actors.