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The "social" area

This area examines the link between transport and logistics activities and the spheres of jobs and work. Transport and logistics employ workers who belong to occupational groups whose organisation and working conditions are specific to the sector and which individually and collectively use skills in the work process which are affected by temporal cycles and risks.

Research in this area sets out to shed light on the types of jobs, the tasks and the working conditions of those employed in the freight transport and logistics sectors. This research analyses various groups whose primary or secondary role is to generate mobility or whose work involves the infrastructures, networks or nodes used to create the transport chain. These analyses reveal not only of the diversity of the jobs, activities and work processes but also of the relations between the workers and collective bodies (occupational groups) and the representations which are responsible for them, but also the role of the work processes in ensuring good quality, reliable logistics and transport services. The production of transport often imposes temporal constraints on workers who have to cope with their impacts. The research sheds lights on the strategies that are implemented by staff in order both to achieve the goals and mitigate the impacts of these constraints on their occupational activities and lives in general.

This research also describes the activities that are linked to transport and logistics operations and their scheduling in dynamic environments that are subject to risks which were not foreseen during the operational planning process. Another aim is to demonstrate the links between the organisation of individual activities and the work collective.