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 eleven research units and several crosscutting programmes.
Its research community includes over two hundred twenty members and three hundred fifty PhD candidates. 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.
Over the past five years, the QS World University Rankings have confirmed Sciences Po’s place amongst leading universities in the social sciences. Sciences Po is 4th in the world in Politics and International Relations, 37th in the Sociology. At the national level Sciences Po affirms its position : 1st in Political Science & International Relations as well as in Sociology, 2nd in Law and History and 3rd in Economics.
Refunded in 2009 and headed by Florence Haegel since September 2016, Sciences Po’s Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (UMR 8239) is a multidisciplinary and comparative research unit (member of the department of political science and sociology). It aims to develop research programs on the impact of European economic and sociological changes on politics and policies including a special focus on the process of European integration. It also compares these transformations with those occurring in other parts of the world.
The key research domains are grouped around four main overlapping research axes:
- the transformations of capitalism
- the state as a producer of public policies
- Cities, borders and (im)mobilities)
- tensions in representative democracy
CEE is now home to more than 25 senior researchers (FNSP, CNRS, university professors), some 50 PhD candidates and recent PhD recipients and more than 30 research associates, from both France and abroad. CEE also regularly hosts well-known guest researchers, postdocs and PhD candidates for periods ranging from one month to one year.
Openness to the international scientific community is one of CEE’s key qualities. Most of its research projects include an international and/or comparative dimension and their results are often published in international journals or translated into foreign languages. CEE’s researchers belong to networks that include multinational teams. CEE also maintains long-standing partnerships with research institutions abroad.
CEE’s research activity includes the organization of scientific events and are the springboard for numerous publications. CEE publishes a series of online working papers: Cahiers européens de Sciences Po.
Support of young researchers is a key CEE objective and its researchers are strongly involved in Sciences Po’s teaching programs at all levels including PSIA – School of International Affairs, Urban School and School of Public Affairs.
LIEPP is a laboratory created in 2011 with financial support from the French National Research Agency (ANR)* for the interdisciplinary study and evaluation of public policies. The project strives to combine the highest standards of excellence in research from specific disciplines and from LIEPP’s founding centres with a systematic implementation of an interdisciplinary approach to public policy evaluation. LIEPP facilitates the cross-fertilisation of approaches from different disciplines on the same policy issue by providing researchers, visiting scholars, policy-makers and other stakeholders a platform for collaboration.
The Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) brings together more than 100 Sciences Po researchers from various disciplines and 80 external researchers from 50 different institutions of which 40% are abroad.
The laboratory is organized around the common issue of public policy evaluation, which transcends disciplinary boundaries, fostering dialogue between economists, sociologists and political scientists – sometimes also engaging lawyers and historians. This interdisciplinary perspective is reinforced by a network of thematic research groups coordinating several projects around major public policy issues: Evaluation of Democracy, Educational Policies, Socio-fiscal Policies, and Discriminations & Social Inequalities. Each research group is co-directed by researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds and encompasses several projects on the same topic to ensure a multidisciplinary approach to the evaluation of a policy, combining qualitative, quantitative and comparative assessments. LIEPP supports many other projects dealing with single issues such as health policies, urban policies, penal policies, and projects on open source data analysis.
Engaged on expanding national and international reach, LIEPP develops numerous partnerships with public policy institutions in compliance with ethic codes, which assure the independence and the neutrality of the research done within the laboratory.
LIEPP’s work nurtures international exchange on problems linked to evaluation through its international visiting scholars program and engagement in international activities. Researchers participate in international conferences, and most of LIEPP’s scientific events have been organized with international attendees. Thanks to its Visiting Scholars Programme, LIEPP has already received 51 visiting professors, who have benefited from interdisciplinary discussions and have contributed to LIEPP’s publications series and research projects.
LIEPP also provides training on methods for the evaluation of public policy through teaching, lectures and professional training as well as by supporting the work of PhD candidates. Each year LIEPP awards funding for doctoral thesis research and provides students with rich interdisciplinary academic support.
LIEPP aims at informing public debate by disseminating the results of its research. Since LIEPP’s founding, 212 scientific events have been organized. The laboratory has its own publication series: Working papers, Methodological discussion papers (for interdisciplinary dialogue), and Policy Briefs (quick account of the research done on a given topic for experts and institutional stakeholders). These series foster exchange and peer review before publication in academic journals and a large number of publications linked to LIEPP’s topics and activities have been produced by LIEPP research affiliates.
* Labex (ANR-11-LABX-0091, ANR-11-IDEX-0005-02)