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Introducing Sciences Po's New Researcher

18 new researchers were recruited for the start of the 2018 academic year at Sciences Po
  • Jeanne Hagenbach ©Caroline Maufroid, Sciences PoJeanne Hagenbach ©Caroline Maufroid, Sciences Po

With the arrival of 18 new academics this year, Sciences Po proves its status as a highly attractive global centre for research. As well as contributing to the university’s network and research output, these new additions to the faculty will play a vital role in the education of students, introducing them to the latest developments in the humanities and social sciences. Scroll through to learn more about their research interests and backgrounds or download the pdf (4.84Mb).

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Priorising Mental Health at Sciences Po

  • Students at a lecture in Sciences Po ©Sciences PoStudents at a lecture in Sciences Po ©Sciences Po

With a busy academic schedule and a wealth of extra-curricular activities to balance alongside, life at Sciences Po can feel intense at times. With this in mind, the university is committed to prioritising questions of mental health and promoting the welfare of its students. It sees the provision of emotional and mental support as a responsibility of equal importance to teaching in order to help students reach their full academic and personal potential at Sciences Po.

The Sciences Po Health Centre provides a number of different services in support of student well-being.

Psychological Support

To help students manage their psychological health, Sciences Po offers individual meetings with mental health professionals appointed to listen and to provide personalised support and counselling. French, English, and German speaking psychologists are available by appointment. Find out more.

Anyone registered with the French social security system can also access France’s specialised BAPU psychological support centres for students (Bureaux d’aide psychologique universitaires), which are free of charge with your student card.

On the Reims campus, two general doctors and two psychologists are on site all week.

Wellness Workshops and Stress Management

Sciences Po offers an innovative range of personal development tools focused on stress management, mindfulness, meditation, and creativity. These include workshops in self-massage, sophrology, and various exercises designed to relieve physical and mental strain.

Art and Creativity Workshops

The various creative workshops available at Sciences Po provide students with a counterbalance to their studies and an opportunity to express themselves outside of academic assignments. An art therapist is also available to help students manage stress through creative activities.

Yoga in the Classroom

Bringing the methods of the Health Centre into her classroom at Sciences Po, lecturer Sophie Flak incorporates yoga breaks into her Master’s course on sustainable development and communications. She explains that yoga can aid concentration and recall as well as easing stress and anxiety, making it as useful academically as personally.

Talk to your Advisor

As well as the services offered by the Health Centre, students are always encouraged to speak to their Academic Advisor regarding any problem they encounter during the course of their time at Sciences Po, whether academic or personal.

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The Alliance Programme Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

  • 15th Anniversary event ©Pascal Levy/Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne15th Anniversary event ©Pascal Levy/Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

On 10 October in Paris, a symposium titled “Bridging Ideas” marked the 15th Anniversary of the Alliance Programme, an innovative partnership between Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Columbia University, École Polytechnique and Sciences Po.

This academic event gathered over 150 participants from the four universities, who collaborate to develop scientific partnerships and exchange through joint projects, visiting professorships, doctoral mobility grants, and student-driven initiatives.

“What the Alliance Program shows is that innovation in higher education is often made possible thanks to the mutual respect and trust between the men and women who work daily within our institutions to advance initiatives for generations to come”, said Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po.

Frédéric Mion stressed the strategic importance of the Alliance program in fostering the relationship and collaboration between France and the United States: “The Alliance Program has significantly contributed to ensuring that the dialogue between France and the United States has remained open and active, and has as such not only remarkably fulfilled its role as a tool for transatlantic academic and scientific cooperation, but has also succeeded in reinforcing the contribution of universities such as ours to global civic debate.”

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Bridging research and teaching

  • Paris Campus Library ©Sciences Po / Manuel BraunParis Campus Library ©Sciences Po / Manuel Braun

In June 2018, Sciences Po held the first edition of the International Teaching and Learning Workshop, around the theme: Putting Theory into Practice: Bridging Research and Teaching.

Colleagues from LSE, King's College, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Columbia, Hertie School of Governance, Bergen University, Instituto de Empresa, Polytechnique, National University of Singapore, and many more discussed and shared best practices in pedagogical innovation linking research and instruction. Hear from participants.

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Searching for the Grand Paris

  • À la recherche du Grand ParisÀ la recherche du Grand Paris

What is the reasoning for the Grand Paris? What does the transformation of the relationship between Paris and its suburbs imply? Sign up for the second edition of the MOOC: "Searching for the Grand Paris" available on Coursera*.

*To view this teaser with English subtitles, click on the "CC" button on the bottom right of the video, then click "English."

In partnership with the City of Paris, “Searching for the Grand Paris” is an original MOOC animated by the Dean of the Sciences Po Urban SchoolPatrick Le Galès, featuring accounts from residents, association representatives, experts, and researchers. 

The MOOC contains archival footage and documents, as well as a comparative analysis of Brussels, London, and other French cities. Combining historical and comparative approaches with a discussion of controversial topics, it also reflects upon the notion of scale and questions what is at stake in the implementation of the Grand Paris. It discusses the evolution of Paris and its region, as well as issues such as ethnic and social segregation, economic growth, safety, the environment, housing, transportation, city construction, education, and culture.

“Searching for the Grand Paris” is not exclusively directed towards universities. It is free and open to the general public. This dynamic MOOC was made in collaboration with students from the University of Sciences Po along with many other contributors.

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