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.

A well-established team in social research communities in France and worldwide
Researchers at the OSC collaborate on interdisciplinary projects with other research teams at Sciences Po and with the French and international scientific communities at large. 

As active members of sociological associations and editorial board members of sociological journals, the OSC researchers are regularly invited to share their expertise on scientific boards and in national or international conferences. They have established worldwide partnerships.
The research produced at the OSC resonates far beyond the academic world, as the center's researchers and doctoral students are regularly invited to make media appearances and to participate on expert committees addressing social issue in contemporary societies.

A Strong investment in doctoral training and supervision

With over 30 PhD students fully integrated into the life of the center, the OSC plays an important role in doctoral training as one of the host research centers for the Sciences Po Doctoral Program in Sociology.

The center's members teach a number of courses within the are actively involved in teaching in Sciences Po Sociology department.

The OSC was rated A+ by AERES (French Evaluation Agency for Research and Higher Education) in January 2013 for each of its 6 evaluation criteria:

  • Production and quality of scientific research
  • Academic renown and attractiveness
  • Interaction with the social, economic and cultural environment
  • Organization and life of the center
  • Involvement in research training
  • 5-year strategy and project

Read the AERES evaluation in French (.pdf).

- Edmond Préteceille, 2015, laureate of the Programme de chaire française with the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (project: La dynamique des classes moyennes dans l'évolution des structures spatiales des métropoles de Rio de Janeiro et São Paulo)
- Juliette Galonnier, 2015, Presidential Fellowship, Northwestern University
- Juliette Galonnier, 2014, Winch prize, best 2nd year Paper, Northwestern University
- Yoann Demoli, 2014, Prix du jeune auteur du GERPISA (in Kyoto colloquium)
- Hugues Lagrange, 2013, Prix Seligmann against racism, injustice and intolerance
- Olivier Godechot, 2013, CNRS Bronze medal (French Webpage)
- Agathe Voisin, 2013, prix Albert Memmi
- Anne-Sophie Cousteaux, 2012, Prix de la Ville de Paris pour les études de genre
- Laurent Lesnard, 2011, CNRS bronze medal (see PDF profile)
- Ugo Palheta, 2011, Prix Louis Cros
- Marie Plessz, 2009, 3e Prix du jeune auteur Sociologie du travail

- Thibaut de Saint Pol, 2009, Prix de la Ville de Paris, Prix Trémolières

- Mathieu Ichou, 2009, 2e Prix CNAF

Article updated on 04-04-2019