Professor Alain Supiot obtained his PhD in 1979 at the University Montesquieu of Bordeaux and became Professor in law in 1980.
Alain Supiot was successively professor at the University of Poitiers and Nantes, member of the Institut Universitaire de France (2001-2012), before being elected in 2012 to the Collège de France, where he held the Chair "The Social State and Globalization: A Legal Analysis of Forms of Solidarity". From 1998 to 2000, he chaired the "Conseil national du développement des sciences humaines et sociales" and is from 2013 onwards member of the French . He spent several years of overseas research (1981: Berkeley Institute of Industrial Relations; 1989/90: European Institute of Florence; 1997/98: Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin).
He founded in 2007 the , whose he is currently fellow at large, after being its Director from 2008 to 2013.
He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and Doctor honoris causa of the University of Louvain La Neuve and of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In August 2017, he has been appointed by the International Labour Organization as a member of the .
Alain Supiot has published alone or in collaboration with other researchers 27 books, many of which have been translated into diverse foreign languages. His research focuses mainly on two complementary domains: labour law and social security and theory of law. His main books publishedin English are:
- Homo Juridicus: On the Anthropological Function of the Law, 2007, Verso.
- The Grandeur and Misery of the Social State, 2013, Fayard/Collège de France.
- The Spirit of Philadelphia: Social Justice vs. the Total Market, 2012, Verso.
- Governance by Numbers. The Making of a Legal Model of Allegiance 2017, Hart.