Fields of Research

Five major fields of research guide CERI’s scientific development and federate its activities. These broad fields encompass all research currently being conduced by CERI scholars, across their academic disciplines (political science, sociology, anthropology, history, law, geography and economics) and the various approaches to the study of world politics (international/transnational relations, area studies and comparative politics) represented within the center. Every CERI faculty member choses to associate with a field he or she considers the closest to their research interests; some scholars identify with one major and one secondary field of research. A tandem of co-leaders heads each field of research.


1 - Actors and levels of regulation in world politics

Lead by: Frédéric Ramel and Ariel Colonomos

Primary members: Bertrand Badie, Thierry Balzacq, Samy Cohen, Dominique Colas, Ariel Colonomos, Anne de Tinguy, Guillaume Devin, Jean-Luc Domenach, Jean-Pierre Filiu, Ronald Hatto, Carola Klöck, Hélène Le Bail, Christian Lequesne, Hugo Meijer, Frédéric Ramel

Secondary members: François Bafoil, Stéphanie Balme, Olivier Dabène, Marie Mendras, Benoit Pelopidas, Karoline Postel-Vinay, Sandrine Revet, Jérôme Sgard, Hélène Thiollet, Eric Verdeil

This topic gathers projects and research agendas in International Relations interested in the analysis of foreign policies, international organizations, conflicts, strategy and defense, and the environment. CERI staff working on this area majoritarily follow a qualitative approach, both sociological and normative, within an international debate that is often too focused on the rational choice paradigm.

This topic aims to explore the role of values and ideas in the definition of the politics of the international, mainly in three domains:

  • War and peace
  • Norms and international relations
  • When the local and the global meet
Research projects:

Europe's external action and the dual challenges of limited statehood and contested orders (H2020 "EU-LISTCO") 

- How data makes us see and expect war: the impact of research practices in quantitative conflict analysis on perceptions of political violence by NGOs, political institutions, and the media (DATAWAR)

Migration governance and asylum crises (H2020 "MAGYC")

- Sociology of foreign policy and diplomatic practices 

Narratives of the global: contesting and converging stories of global order 

- Research group on Environment and international relations

- Research group on multilateralism 

- Research group on International, politics, philosophy

- Research group on Comparative regionalism

The nuclear proliferation international history project