My researches revolve around the history of sport in mountain territory, social and cultural innovations, and recreational sports through the prism of sustainable development.
My career and background allowed me to combine sports practice, mountain, and history. As an alpine snowboarder competitor who reached the elite athlete level in the 2000s, I am a holder of a Brevet d’État d’Éducateur Sportif (State Certified Sports Instructor) in Alpine skiing (2000). As part of my master’s degree in contemporary history (2001), I studied the French ski team from 1960 to 2001 based on interviews analysis. A master’s degree in sports and leisure economy (2002) led me to work for the Rhône-Alpes region to elaborate aid measures in order to structure sports associations. From the university to the tourism sector (2003-2013), I was in charge of several activities, sports events organization, public and press relations, and networking stakeholders. I was as well Bourg d’Oisans’ tourist information office director for 8 years. Because I have the drive to carry out a thorough research about a territory I have a fondness for, the Oisans, as well as an interest in an detached observation of this territory for the understanding and the implementation of active research measures, I decided to embark on a thesis in 2013, which would be financed by the Labex Item. This thesis is entitled “Construction of a sports and leisure territory, redefining Oisans from 1960 up until today”, and it consists of an analysis of territory reorganization process with regard to social and cultural innovations of recreational mountain sports and sports in the mountain practice. This cross-disciplinary research is co-directed by Michaël ATTALI (STAPS-Sciences and Techniques of Physical and Sports Activities) and Anne-Marie GRANET-ABISSET (History). I belong to the Sport and Social Environment Laboratory of the UFRAPS (sport, stakeholders, development line of research) and to the Rhône-Alpes Historic Research Laboratory (territory, economy, societal issues line of research).
I contributed to the realization of the project Montagnes Magiques. 100 ans de tourisme à l’écran (Magic Mountains. 100 years of tourism on the screen), which is an interactive saga co-produced with the INA (National Audiovisual Institute).
Mail : dorothe.fournier[at]gmail.com