Sociology and Research

A number of research centres at Sciences Po conduct research in sociology

Along with political science, sociology is one of the major disciplines at two other research centres:

  • Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (CSO) / Centre for the Sociology of Organisations: originally known as the Ecole Française de Sociologie des Organisations, the Centre develops original theories on private and public regulation and the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, drawing from research on organisations, markets and professional groups. Founded by Michel Crozier, the Centre is run by Christine Musselin, a director of research at CNRS
  • Centre de Recherche sur les Inégalités Sociales / Centre for Research on social InequalitieS (CRIS) is devoted to research that covers the multidimensionality of social inequality in contemporary societies. CRIS’ research program seeks to describe patterns and trends of inequality, analyze their mechanisms and inform and contribute to policy analysis in a world where inequality has become a major threat. CRIS faculty members cover different facets of inequality such as education, gender, life course, economic inequality, urban segregation, migration, cultural inequality and digital inequality, environment.

It is one of the major disciplines in political science at two other research centers:

 Sociology is also represented at:

  • The Centre for Research and International Studies (CERI) which creates dialogue between a number of disciplines, including political sociology, anthropology, history, political economics, international relations and political philosophy. Its empirical foundations, grounded in linguistic and on-the-ground expertise, allow research at CERI to make an outstanding contribution to conceptual debates in the social sciences. The centre’s work is rooted in a comparative tradition that valorises the historical trajectories of the societies studied.
  • LIEPP (Interdisciplinary Research Center for the Evaluation of Public Policies), which studies and evaluates public policy from an interdisciplinary perspective. The three major research centres of the Department of Sociology (CSO, CRIS and CEE) are directly involved in the research carried out by this laboratory.
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