“To be a PhD student is to be at the heart of knowledge production”

“To be a PhD student is to be at the heart of knowledge production”

Of Sciences Po’s seven graduate schools, the Doctoral School has a unique status. This school awards both Master’s and doctoral degrees, and supports aspiring researchers at the beginning of their research careers in law, economics, history, political science and sociology. At the Research Forum – an annual event for students that promotes careers in research – the Doctoral School’s new dean Pierre François, a researcher at the Centre for the Sociology of Organisations, sat down for an interview.

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Poor indicators make poor policy

Poor indicators make poor policy

In his new book Measuring Tomorrow: Accounting for Well-Being, Resilience, and Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century, OCFE* researcher Eloi Laurent challenges existing economic indicators and invites us to rethink the economy from top to bottom. We asked Dr Laurent more.

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Honorary doctorates: 3 exceptional individuals

Honorary doctorates: 3 exceptional individuals

On 12 December, three new doctors honoris causa will join the ranks of Sciences Po’s honorary degree recipients, alongside such illustrious names as Vaclav Havel, Boutros Boutros Ghali and Lakhdar Brahimi. The 2017 cohort is exceptional in more than one respect. This year two women will receive honorary doctorates, joining Helen Wallace who in 2011 became the first woman to be awarded an honorary doctorate by Sciences Po. This year also marks the first time that Sciences Po has awarded an honorary doctorate to a scholar from sub-Saharan Africa. Find out more about these three outstanding individuals below.

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New members of the Sciences Po faculty

New members of the Sciences Po faculty

Since September 2017, nine internationally recognised academics have joined Sciences Po’s permanent faculty. They will enrich our research and teaching in history, economics, law, political science and sociology with specialisations including the Middle East, financial markets, international law, democracy, gender studies and social networks.

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“Punitive action is not the only response”

“Punitive action is not the only response”

Should we decriminalise cannabis? Or legalise it? Or, as in one option discussed by the French government, make its use punishable only by a fine? Two members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, Michel Kazatchkine, former director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, and Ruth Dreifuss, former president of the Swiss Confederation, came to speak at Sciences Po at a debate with Henri Bergeron, director of the Sciences Po Centre for the Sociology of Organisations, and Didier Jayle, professor of addiction studies at CNAM.

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Saving money, losing lives

Saving money, losing lives

Analysis by David Paltiel, professor at Yale School of Public Health and a visiting professor at the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) at Sciences Po.

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1917, the revolution that continues to disturb

1917, the revolution that continues to disturb

A century ago, on October 25, 1917, Lenin and the Bolsheviks seized control of St. Petersburg. This founding act would lead to the birth of the Soviet Union. Yet the fact that the October Revolution turns 100 this year seems to be arousing little interest in Russia. No official festivities are planned to mark the centenary. Sabine Dullin, Sciences Po professor and researcher at the Centre for History, explains the tensions and political issues underpinning this decision.

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Sciences Po in the world's top 50 for social sciences

Sciences Po in the world's top 50 for social sciences

The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject places Sciences Po in 50th position worldwide for social sciences. Sciences Po ranks first among French universities in the subject.

This result attests to Sciences Po’s excellence in teaching and research in sociology, geography, political & international studies, and communication & media studies.

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