Frédéric Goulet is an agricultural engineer and holds a PhD in sociology. Since 2008, he has been a social scientist at the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD, France). Between 2013 and 2018, he was a visiting researcher at INTA-Argentina, then a visiting professor at the Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Since September 2022, he has been a visiting researcher at CIMMYT.
His research focuses on science, technology and innovations studies. It focuses on technological innovation processes in agriculture. More specifically, he is interested in the emergence of new technologies or the decline of problematic technologies, and in the roles played by public policies, agricultural research, input industries and farmers in these processes. Recently, his work has focused on the emergence of biological alternatives to chemical pesticides.
Since 2022, Frédéric Goulet has also been the coordinator of the Public Policies and Rural Development in Latin America network (red PP-AL), a network of scientists and institutions analyzing and acting on agricultural and rural development policies in Latin America.