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The Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics

Directed by Florence Faucher since September 2022, the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics is a multidisciplinary research centre affiliated with Sciences Po and the CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research). Its focus is on the comparative analysis of politics in its various dimensions.

The research conducted by the Centre covers a wide range of themes, including major themes in politics and polity (institutions, elections, political parties and competition, activism, social movements, crisis of representative democracy, populism), public policies (healthcare and social protection, environment, migration, inclusion and anti-discrimination efforts), political economy (globalisation, tertiarisation, financialisation, regulations), transformations of the state (decentralisation, administrative reforms), European Union (EU institutions and public policies, European integration, EU relations), urban studies (urbanisation, metropolises, segregation, conflicts), digital and ecological transitions, sociology of elites, and sociology of crime.

The faculty consists of around forty permanent researchers, including political scientists, sociologists, jurists, an urban planner, and a philosopher, who are actively involved in research and teaching. Some 40 junior researchers —PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows— complete the academic team. About 40 associate researchers and nearly as many visiting fellows each year bear witness to the centre’s strong national and international appeal, as does the organisation of numerous scientific events, including international conferences.

CEE members are involved in French, European, and global research networks, both in political science and sociology, as well as thematic networks dedicated to public policies, Europe, the environment, migration, and urbanism. They are also involved in cross-cutting research programmes at Sciences Po, such as LIEPP, MiDi, AxPo, AIRE, and Cities are back in Town.

Firmly convinced that research can only thrive when combined with knowledge transmission, CEE members are committed to teaching, training, and welcoming junior researchers. They are extensively involved in the teaching programmes at Sciences Po. In partnership with the Urban School of Sciences Po, the CEE hosts two research and teaching chairs: "Cities and Digital Technology" and "Cities, Housing, Real Estate."

Find out more: CEE activities, July 2022-June 2023 (PDF, 1.3 Mo).


The Center for European Studies was initially established as a transversal program at Sciences Po in 2005 to develop research on European issues. It became a research laboratory in 2009, and gained the status of “joint research unit” affiliated with Sciences Po and the CNRS (UMR 8239) in January 2014. In 2017, it was renamed Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics to reflect the expansion of its research scope.

The CEE has been successively led by:


The work and expertise of CEE members, recognized nationally and internationally, are regularly honoured with awards. Among the most recent:

Updated April 2024

Contact us

Address: 1 place Saint-Thomas d'Aquin, 75007 Paris

Ph.: +33 (0)1 45 49 83 52

Email: contact.cee@sciencespo.fr

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