A broad-based, comparative research center in sociology

The Observatoire sociologique du changement (OSC) is a research center affiliated with  Sciences Po and the Institut des sciences humaines et sociales (InSHS) of CNRS (UMR 7049).

Research at the OSC focuses on four main pillars:

OSC is a broad-based, comparative research center in sociology. 
Henri MendrasFounded in 1988 by Henri Mendras and led by Marco Oberti since January 1, 2014, the OSC investigates social dynamics in contemporary societies.

Combining qualitative and quantitative methods, the center gives primacy to cross-national comparative perspectives and multiple scales of analysis. The research produced at the center is solidly grounded in empirical inquiry.


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