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Research at Sciences Po

Sciences Po is an institution of higher education and research in the humanities and social sciences.  Its work in law, economics, history, political science and sociology is pursued through ten research units and several crosscutting programmes.

Its research community includes over two hundred members and four hundred PhD students.  Recognized internationally, their work covers a wide range of topics including education, democracies, urban development, globalization and public health.  

One of Sciences Po’s key objectives is to make a significant contribution to methodological, epistemological and theoretical advances in the humanities and social sciences.  Sciences Po’s mission is also to share the results of its research with the international research community, students, and more broadly, society as a whole. 

Assessed by QS since 2007, Sciences Po is among the highest ranked nationally: 1st in Political Science and Sociology, 2nd in Law, 3rd in history and 4th in Economics. Internationally, Sciences Po improved its performance in Political Science and International Relations, moving up 3 places to become the 13th on this discipline and maintained its position in Sociology (36th).

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Inclusive rights: A new model

Inclusive rights: A new model to organise legal relations to shared resources

The INCLUSIVE project is an ERC Consolidator Grant research project which started in October 2015.

Led by Séverine Dussolier, Professor at the Law School of Sciences Po, the project aims at challenging our very perspective of property by adding an innovative notion, the ‘inclusive right’, in the toolbox of legal and economic theory. Whereas exclusivity is conventionally considered as the core element and purpose of property right, sharing and collectively using resources, either tangible or intellectual, is an increasing practice and a new field of research in the legal, sociological, cultural and economic academy.


From public domain in copyright, the open access or copyleft licensing to the multiple and complex authorship resulting from online wiki creation and new forms of cohousing based on common spaces and property, all rely on the lack or limitation of exclusive rights and the accommodation of symmetric entitlements of other individuals.