Fields of Research


Five major fields of research guide CERI’s scientific development and federate its activities. These broad fields encompass all research currently being conduced by CERI scholars, across their academic disciplines (political science, sociology, anthropology, history, law, geography and economics) and the various approaches to the study of world politics (international/transnational relations, area studies and comparative politics) represented within the center. Every CERI faculty member choses to associate with a field he or she considers the closest to their research interests; some scholars identify with one major and one secondary field of research. A tandem of co-leaders heads each field of research.


Field 1: Actors and levels of regulation in world politics 

Lead by: Frédéric Ramel and Ariel Colonomos

Primary members: Bertrand Badie, Samy Cohen, Dominique Colas, Ariel Colonomos, Anne de Tinguy, Guillaume Devin, Jean-Luc Domenach, Jean-Pierre Filiu, Ronald Hatto, Carola Klöck, Hélène Le Bail, Christian Lequesne, Frédéric Ramel

Secondary members: François Bafoil, Stéphanie Balme, Olivier Dabène, Marie Mendras, Benoit Pelopidas, Karoline Postel-Vinay, Sandrine Revet, Jérôme Sgard, Hélène Thiollet, Eric Verdeil

Research projects:

Chair in security studies

Europe's external action and the dual challenges of limited statehood and contested orders

- Sociology of foreign policy and diplomatic practices 

Narratives of the global: contesting and converging stories of global order 

- Research group on Environment and international relations

- Research group on multilateralism 

- Research group on International, politics, philosophy

- Research group on Comparative regionalism

The nuclear proliferation international history project  


Field 2: Political participation and mobilization

Lead by: Sandrine Perrot and Hélène Combes

Primary members: Jean-Philippe Béjà, Hélène Combes, Olivier Dabène, Stéphanie Latte, Sandrine Perrot, Jacques Rupnik

Secondary members: Richard Banégas, Samy Cohen, Laurent Gayer, Riva Kastoryano, Denis Lacorne, Stéphane Lacroix, Hélène Le Bail, Elise Massicard, David Recondo, Jean-Louis Rocca, Kathy Rousselet  

Research projects:

- Research group on The new demagogues

Street corner democracy. Cultural intervention in Latin America's urban public spaces

Street art and democracy in Latin America 

- Governance and citizens' participation in the Andine region  

- East Africa Observatory 


Field 3: The State and the transformation of the State 

Lead by: Elise Massicard and Hélène Thiollet

Primary members: Fariba Adelkhah, François Bafoil, Stéphanie Balme, Romain Bertand, Béatrice Hibou, Christophe Jaffrelot, Eberhard Kienle, Laurence Louër, Roland Marchal, Luis Martinez, Elise Massicard, Marie Mendras, Françoise Mengin, Nadège Ragaru, Jean-Louis Rocca, Jérôme Sgard, Hélène Thiollet, Eric Verdeil, Catherine Wihtol de Wenden

Secondary members: Antonela Capelle-Pogacean, Guillaume Devin, Gilles Favarel-Garrigues, Laurent Fourchard, Christian Lequesne, Catherine Perron, Nadège Ragaru  

Research projects: 

- Electrical hybridations: the emerging forms of the energy transition in the cities of the Global South

- Public action "elsewhere"

Understanding the Mediterranean salinity crisis

- Sociology of national and regional elected representatives, from the Raj to the Indian Union

- Research group on Migrations and mobility

- Migrants in global metropolises

- Research group on Energy and cohesion: governance, regulation and negociations 

- Magellan and the Malaya world. Essay on a symetrical history

Bureaucratic modernisation and economic development in 18th century France 

The Martin Domke archives

- Masking statehood: mechanisms for challenging, negotiating and circumventing the international sovereignty of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in a comparative perspective


Field 4: Violence and danger management  

Lead by: Laurent Gayer and Sandrine Revet 

Primary members: Didier Bigo, Gilles Favarel-Garrigues, Laurent Fourchard, Laurent Gayer, Benoit Pelopidas, Sandrine Revet, Jacques Semelin

Secondary members: Laurent Bonnefoy, Dominique Colas, Stéphanie Latte, Sandrine Perrot, Frédéric Ramel  

Research projects: 

- Nuclear weapons choices. Governing vulnerabilities between past and future 

- Political vulnerability in the nuclear age

- Development of an integrated approach towards the reduction of risks associated with vulcanic eruptions, from research on the aleas to crisis management tools: the case of the Martinique

- Human trafficking and institutions. A comparison between France and Germany

- The use of technologies linked to the interception of communications

- Research group on Risks and disasters

- Research group on Africa: citizenship, violence and politics

- Research group on political violence

- Research group on terrorism and antiterrorism

- Research network on Mass violence and resistance

- Research network on vigilantism   

- Contemporary transformations of policing


Field 5: Identity and politics  

Lead by: Daniel Sabbagh and Laurent Bonnefoy

Primary members: Richard Banégas, Laurent Bonnefoy, Antonela Capelle-Pogacean, Alain Dieckhoff, Riva Kastoryano, Denis Lacorne, Stéphane Lacroix, Nadia Marzouki, Catherine Perron, Karoline Postel-Vinay, Nadège Ragaru, David Recondo, Kathy Rousselet, Daniel Sabbagh, Astrid von Busekist

Secondary members: Fariba Adelkhah, Jean-Philippe Béjà, Romain Bertrand, Jean-Pierre Filiu, Christophe Jaffrelot, Laurence Louër, Jacques Rupnik, Jacques Semelin, Catherine Wihtol de Wenden  

Research projects: 

- The social and political "life" of identity documents in Africa

- Globalisation of the race, Europe/Americas, 20th and 21st centuries

- Lieux de culte partagés dans le sous-continent indien : interactions religieuses et rapport à l'Autre

- The Chinese in France: transforming identifications and identities

- Research group on Antidiscriminatory policies

The dynamics and competition between Sufis, Sunnis, and Shi'is in India: salafism, sectarianism and the resilience of Dargah culture

- Diasporic identities: Southeast Asian incorporation experiences in Europe and America - the post-refugee generation

Political representation in India: the Indian legislators project

- The International Observatory of Religions

- Shiite connections across Western Asia and the Middle East: the circulation routes of Ayatollah Mohammad Hachem Salehi

- Populism in America and the Middle East: ethical and religious dimensions

Life history and mémographie: encountering socio-religious change in Northwest Africa