- Sciences Po | QS Rankings 2021
Sciences Po remains a top university in the social sciences in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by subject, keeping its second place worldwide in "Politics & International Studies" for the second year.
In this world ranking released on March 3, 2021, Sciences Po is positioned just behind Harvard university. Sciences Po is the first university in Europe in this discipline, in front of the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics.
For the past eight years the QS World University Rankings by subject, which compares more than 1,400 universities around the world, has confirmed Sciences Po as a leading university. In 2021, Sciences Po ranks in the top 50 worldwide in 4 disciplines:
- 2nd in the world in Politics and International Studies
- 21st in Social Policy and Administration (up from 23rd in 2020)
- 30th in Sociology (28th in 2020)
- 39thth in Development Studies (40th in 2020)
Sciences Po made significant progress in History, moving from the top 150 to the top 100 worldwide, and in Economics and Econometrics where the institution ranked 81st globally.
In France, Sciences Po ranked first in Politics and International Studies, Social Policy and Administration, and Sociology, and second in Law and in Development Studies. The institution ranked fourth domestically in Economics and moved from the sixth to the fourth place in History.
- See the results of the 2021 QS Rankings by Subject
- See the results of last year's edition of the QS Rankings by Subject
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- Master's and Doctoral programmes in Political Science proposed by the Sciences Po Research School
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On February 15, 17 & 19, 2021, Sciences Po will gather over 25 IOs for the International Organisation Career Fair.
Students will learn more about their missions and openings, their recruitment processes and internship programmes.
All days long, students will be able to attend panel sessions, presentation sessions with representatives of various organisations and Meet&Greet with Alumni who work or have worked in international organisations.
Dear students, prepare your forum well in advance, find out about international organisations beforehand with the resources made available to you on the Sciences Po Careers website, register for each session that you are interested in and come with your questions!
Watch the video of the 2020 edition (January 25, 2020)
- Pierre François, Dean of the School of Research
“Our job is to diagnose the world as it is”: Pierre François, Dean of the School of Research (formerly the Doctoral School) reflects on the specificities and advantages of research training, a vocation that has become more essential and demanding than ever in the context of the global health crisis that is disrupting “the day-to-day routine of the social sector.”
You are the Dean of the School of Research, formerly known as the Doctoral School. Why change the name?
Pierre François: The name change is first and foremost a matter of clarification: we wanted the name of the school to more closely reflect reality - it is a graduate school that delivers both master’s and doctorate degrees. More specifically, we train in research, which means that we do not only train for a doctorate, but for many other professions. Those of our students who enter the job market directly after their master's degree excel professionally, even in the current context. This is not a coincidence: we teach students how to conduct research within a variety of careers, which is an invaluable skill and professional asset.
What do students learn at the School of Research?
Pierre François: You learn to speak, read, write and count! Ok, I'm oversimplifying, but what I mean is that our students learn to master these four skills at an exceptionally high level. They learn to speak in a clear, developed, and accurate manner. They learn how to read and write long, complex texts in different languages. They learn how to calculate and mathematically model social phenomena as well as understand and interpret their results. Our graduates stand out because they excel in these four domains at once. It’s a pretty rare mix, not to say exceptional, especially with such a degree of expertise. But don’t be fooled, the profession for which they are training is hard and learning its intricacies is equally challenging. The choice to pursue research studies should be well thought-out, and motivated by a genuine desire to study social sciences.
What does the School of Research have in common with similar schools abroad? What are its specificities?
Pierre François: Our organisation by disciplines aligns with international standards, as does our recruitment: today, 50% of our student body is international. Our progress in this regard has been fast and quite spectacular. Our originality is the flexibility of our courses: students can enter a master's degree and go on to pursue a thesis or not, either at Sciences Po or elsewhere. At the PhD level, we welcome students from all walks of life. It is a singularity and a major asset that I witness every day, alongside pluralism which is in our DNA.
How is this pluralism reflected in the school’s mission/educational values?
Pierre François: For a start, it is deeply ingrained in the subjects of our research, thanks to our large and diversified faculty. But it is also a theoretical and methodological pluralism. At Sciences Po, we have a permanent faculty stemming partly from traditional social sciences “à la française”, and partly from international social sciences. Thanks to this, we can offer the best of both traditions. We also set a high and very rigorous barrier to entry for research subjects, with the possibility of an interdisciplinary dialogue surrounding timely common themes such as the environment, migration, inequalities, and financial regulation.
What does studying social sciences mean? And what does it mean to study them at Sciences Po?
Pierre François: The history of social sciences and the history of Sciences Po are intrinsically linked. The social sciences in their modern, contemporary form were born in the last third of the 19th century around political and social issues which led to the foundation of Sciences Po. Namely, the desire to question the various challenges of society using scientific tools on the ground. 150 years later, Sciences Po takes its role in the production of social sciences in France and around the world very seriously - as well as its role in training future researchers who will produce the knowledge of tomorrow. The School of Research is at the heart of this. We work with facts, with precise and rigorous methods, including recognising that sometimes you just don't know. Our job is to diagnose the world as it is. It is an empirical school, with all the arduousness that such a term implies. But our strength lies in this level of rigour.
What is the impact of the multiple and deep crises that we are experiencing in research studies?
Pierre François: These crises are placing students immediately in a situation that any researcher will inevitably encounter in his or her career, but which usually arises later, in a less intense and brutal manner. It is not uncommon to have to adapt drastically the way in which one conducts research. In fact, it's even normal. However, in this particular context, students of research have to frequently adapt, immediately, urgently, and without a lot of professional experience. It is very challenging - but also very instructive - to go through these difficult times during studies.
From a more general point of view, we are faced with times in which we leave the day-to-day routine of the social sector, a way of life to which we are accustomed. The multiple crises that are affecting us take us out of this routine. Practical intelligence no longer works. We need a slower, information-fed intelligence that allows us to understand the social world that has given rise to these crises. Trying to figure things out in the midst of the crisis doesn't work. In contrast, this is the purpose of social sciences: to offer chains of intelligibility that we do not have time to produce in the midst of the storm. This is why they are needed more than ever.
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Jeanne Sorin has just graduated from Sciences Po's Master in Economics. During her studies, she worked as a research assistant for Julia Cagé and Florian Oswald, then took a one-year sabbatical, went to the University of Southern California and engaged in a project in Uganda.
Why choose Economics? Why undertake a PhD? Why the United States? How did Jeanne define the subject of her dissertation? What advice would she give to the future doctoral students?
Jeanne was king enough to answer a few questions, we warmly thank her for her contribution.
What reasons led you to engage in a Master in Economics at Sciences Po?
I was especially interested in explaining the sources of development, the rise of spatial and economic inequalities and in assessing the potential risks due to climate change. Studying Economics as an undergraduate student at Sciences Po, and then at the University of Chicago for one year, convinced me that the discipline could help answer these questions.
Staying at Sciences Po to do so was an easy choice, with the great quality of the faculty and deep interactions between professors and students.
How did you determine the subject of your Master’s thesis?
During my gap year, I worked at the University of Southern California on a research project at the intersection of environmental Economics and household finance, where I got to learn a lot about the reality of flood risk in the United States. Besides, I wanted to investigate the role of information in shaping people’s beliefs about environmental risk and climate change. After discussing multiple ideas with my supervisors, Julia Cagé and Florian Oswald, I decided to write my master’s thesis on the drivers of flood risk beliefs as reflected on the housing market, and more specifically on the role of local newspapers in forming these beliefs.
When did you decide to engage in a PhD? Why did you choose the United States?
The idea of engaging in a PhD did not suddenly arise. Although I learnt a lot about Economics in class, it is my successive exposures to academic research that convinced me to engage in a PhD. Working as a research assistant, first for Professor Julia Cagé, then at the University of Southern California and on a project in Uganda during my gap year, and finally for Professor Florian Oswald, gave me a sense of what both academic research in Economics, and more generally the academic environment, were about. Taking part in these projects triggered my vocation for research in economics.
What career do you plan after the PhD?
I would like to pursue academic research in the field of environmental economics. More precisely, I would like to contribute to the understanding of the interplays between economics and environmental issues in two ways. First, by improving climate change resilience in both developed and developing countries, and second, by teaching students about these complex, and I believe increasingly important interactions.
What advice would you give to students who hesitate to go for a PhD?
Be proactive! Get to know what research is about and what you like about it. Talk with students and professors about their experience, go to the department seminars, and more importantly, get experience as a research assistant!
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Seminar animated by :
Nicolas Sauger, CDSP's Director,
Marion Lehmans, Data Protection Officer at Sciences Po,
Sophie Forcadell, in charge of Open Science, DRIS
Cyril Heude, Data Librarian, DRIS.
All students and researchers are involved in the use of their data and data of others. The risk of invasion of privacy is two-fold. It is therefore important to be able to protect your own data and that of others.
An increasing use of information technologies requires that each of us respect the principles of the right to the protection of personal data in its two aspects: rights and obligations to respect the private life and freedoms of individuals.
Higher education establishments support each student in the use of new tools and make them aware of the possible risks they may represent.
In addition, as part of studies regardless of the field, each of us is required, as part of our studies (thesis, dissertation or educational work), to process data concerning natural persons whose use may present a risk (surveys, studies). To ensure the protection of this data, everyone is required to comply with various obligations and good practices.
Organisation and schedule
Thursday 21 January 2021 from 10.00 to 11.30 a.m
Introduction by the School of Research, the CDSP and the Scientific Direction of Sciences Po
Ethics and trust, by Nicolas Sauger, Director of CDSP.
Thursday 4 February 2021 from 10.00 to 11.30
Ethics and data protection in research activities by Marion Lehmans, Sciences Po Data Protection Officer.
Thursday 18 February 2021 from 10.00 to 11.30
Research integrity and open science by Sophie Forcadell and Cyril Heude.
Research integrity is one of the 8 pillars of open science according to the European Commission. How do the principles of open science fit together with those of scientific integrity?
Session co-moderated by Sophie Forcadell and Cyril Heude, Data Librarian, DRIS.
Thursday 4 March 2021 from 10.00 to 11.30 a.m
Workshop / Practical case with the trainers team.
To register, please contact: email@example.com - Tel. : 01 45 49 54 06
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We are happy to invite you, by master's degree and by level of study, to back-to-school meetings, which will allow us to meet before the courses begin and discuss the coming semester.
The meetings will take place next week with the participation of the directors of studies - and the scientific coordinators for the master's degree in political science - and also the administrative team of each programme.
Please find below the list of meetings by discipline and their schedules. The Zoom links have been sent to you by email.
M2 meeting: Wednesday, 20 January 2021 at 10 a.m
M1 meeting: Wednesday, 20 January 2021 at 11 a.m
M2 meeting: Tuesday, 19 January 2021 at 1 p.m
M1 meeting: Tuesday, 19 January 2021 at 2 p.m
M2 meeting: Tuesday, 19 January 2021 at 10 a.m
M1 meeting: Tuesday, 19 January 2021 at 11 a.m
M2 meeting: Monday 18 January 2021 at 10 a.m
M1 meeting: Monday 18 January 2021 at 11 a.m
We look forward to seeing you again next week and starting the spring semester together.
Until then, we remain available for any further information you may need.
Stay safe and take care !
The School of Research team
- All you need to know about the School of Research
On Wednesday 13 January 2021, a student from the School of Research and Pierre François, Dean of the School of Research answered questions from prospective students during a live interview.
You were unable to attend our past Open House Day?
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The whole team of the School of Research wishes you all the best for the New Year 2021!
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Beginning in November 2020, the Doctoral School becomes the School of Research. A new name that more fully and more adequately reflects an unchanged mission: to train for research and through research, by delivering both Masters degrees and PhDs.
A more legible identity, a more visible originality
By offering master's degrees, PhDs and HDRs in the five major disciplines of Sciences Po, the Sciences Po School of Research combines the Anglo-Saxon model which trains for master's degrees and PhDs, and the European universities model which recruit candidates after they obtained their master's degrees. At the School of Research, it is possible to train for either a master's or a PhD, or both. It is also possible to study for a PhD after obtaining a master's degree from another university.
Reaffirming its vocation, which is to train through research...
With this new name, the Sciences Po School of Research reaffirms its vocation more clearly: to train specialists who can produce new and rigorous knowledge about the social world. Its uniqueness lies in the pluralism it offers, in terms of research subjects, approaches and methods, thanks to professors from all over the world.
Graduates of the School of Research now pursue a wide range of professions, in business, in the public sector or associations.
... and train for research
Founded in 1993, the Doctoral School played a leading role in Sciences Po’s establishment as a leading research university. Doctors from Sciences Po are recognised and renowned for their rigour which allow them to publish their work in the most prestigious international journals. Within the School of Research, the Doctoral School remains the structure accredited by the MESRI (Ministry of Higher Education and Research) listed as the Doctoral School n°234 in France, in order to award the national diploma of doctorate.
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- Sciences Po / King’s College London - Graduate dual degree in History
King's College London and Sciences Po have expanded their historic partnership by initiating a joint Graduate Programme in Global and International History. Spanning a wide range of topics, this selective programme will train students to acquire a solid background in Global and International History, comprising theory, methodology, historiography and inquiry and research processes at both universities.
Students will benefit from the numerous opportunities, networks and services offered on both sides of the Channel.
Mario del Pero, Full Professor at Sciences Po, Head of studies in History, and architect behind this joint graduate programme, answers our questions.
How did the dual degree in history originate with King's College?
On the one side, King’s is one of Sciences Po’s most important institutional partners and our graduate schools – particularly PSIA - have already established various collaborations together, including some dual master programmes. On the other, King’s Department of History and our Centre d’Histoire have promoted new forms of cooperation and faculty exchange. King’s Department of History is among the best in Europe and the world in terms of the quality of research it produces, the variety of degrees it offers and the broad range of historical fields its faculty can cover. It is in many ways an ideal partner for us. Finally, as it is always the case, personal connections and relations played a role. I could name many colleagues who have been involved and have contributed to this partnership, but someone at King’s who has really helped the development of this collaboration is Jeremy Jennings, a great scholar of French political thought, a friend of Sciences Po (he still teaches on the Menton campus) and currently one of the external members of the Council of the Centre d’Histoire.
What is the originality of the dual degree? What are its benefits?
Two of the best European centres for the study of history join forces to offer a unique degree in International/Global History. Students will be able to choose among an extraordinarily rich offer of courses, they will experiment two different teaching models and engage in various activities – seminars, workshops, practical training in archives, just to mention a few – offered in English and French. They will be exposed to a variety of methodologies, scholarly approaches and historiographical debates. They will be able to build specific individual paths, suited to their interests, passions and curiosities. The only comparable Master – and it’s a very successful one – is the MA/Msc in International/World history of Columbia/LSE. Given what we can offer, and how complementary King’s and we are, I am confident that we are in the same league and will attract high-quality students. As for the benefits, students will have the possibility to develop an unparalleled knowledge of modern international history; they will of course be prepared to apply for major PhD programmes, at Sciences Po and in the world. But research and academia is just one of the many options available to them at the end of the degree: from research institutes to museums, from journalism to editing and information services, there are multiple professional opportunities for the graduates of this programme.
How do students apply for the dual degree?
The application procedure is the same for all the masters at Sciences Po. A joint committee including faculty members from both Sciences Po and King’s will assess the dossiers and select the candidates.
What subjects are taught and how are the studies organised ?
Students choose among a broad variety of courses. The first year is spent at Sciences Po and the second at King’s, where they are able to choose between the Master in Modern History and the Master in World History and Civilization. We have two approaches that are a bit different: at Sciences Po students attend a large number of courses and tutorials, whereas at King’s they spend less time in class and more time is devoted to writing papers and preparing for seminar discussions. We believe that this adds to the strength of the programme because the two models complement each other well.
What career opportunities are open to graduates of the programme?
A natural continuation of the programme is to pursue research at the PhD level,so forming young historians. It’s far from being the only option, however. Think tanks, research centres, museums, cultural events and festivals, journalism, European and international institutions, civil service: there are so many potential paths for graduates of such a rich and qualifying master’s programme.
What does it mean to be a 'historian' today? What is his or her role?
It means first and foremost being aware of the complexity (and sometimes contingency) of complex social, political and economic historical processes; not to take anything for granted; to constantly inquire and challenge the object of our study, looking for causality as well as for accidentality as key drivers of history. And it is primarily this awareness of complexity that we aim to bring to public debate, where historians should strive to intervene more, and transmit to our students.
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In 2020, Sciences Po welcomed eight new members to its permanent faculty. Eight researchers who, each in their own field of expertise, open doors to new knowledge for our research and our teaching. These new thinkers strengthen our research units, irrigate our courses, and reinforce Sciences Po's presence in public debate. Discover their bios!
Sciences Po's research community consists of over 250 faculty members and 360 PhD students spread across 11 research units and the School of Research. Their research falls mainly within Sciences Po's five major flagship disciplines: law, economics, history, political science and sociology.
The growth of our academic community is one of Sciences Po's principle strategic axes, with emphasis placed on the number of female researchers and the internationalization of profiles.
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International admissions for the 2021 intake are now open!
- Master's Programmes: International graduate admissions
Should you need further information on the admission criteria and procedure, please do not hesitate to visit our admissions website.
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Lola Zappi doublement primée pour sa thèse en histoire
Prix de thèse en lettres et sciences humaines de la Chancellerie des universités de Paris et prix de thèse du Comité d’histoire de la sécurité sociale 2020
Nous lui adressons toutes nos félicitations.
Lola reçoit ces deux prix pour sa thèse « Le service social en action : assistantes sociales et familles assistées dans le cadre de la protection de la jeunesse à Paris dans l'entre-deux-guerres » menée sous la direction de Claire Andrieu et de Christophe Capuano. - Paris, Institut d'études politiques et soutenue novembre 2019.
Elle est actuellement post-doctorante au CRIDUP/Labex iPOPs, chercheuse associée au Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po et professeure agrégée d’histoire.
Résumé de la thèse :
Les années d’entre-deux-guerres voient l’émergence des services sociaux et du travail social professionnalisés. Les acteurs des services sociaux estiment que la réponse à la « question sociale » doit passer par un accompagnement individuel visant à responsabiliser les familles populaires en difficulté. Ce travail entend expliquer quelles ont été les conditions de mise en œuvre d’une telle ambition, en interrogeant les formes de la relation d’assistance liant travailleuses sociales et personnes assistées. Pour ce faire, il se centre sur l’étude du Service Social de l’Enfance (SSE), un service privé d’assistantes sociales rattaché au tribunal pour enfants de la Seine, à partir d’un corpus de dossiers individuels d’enquêtes et de suivi. L’analyse de la formation professionnelle des assistantes, du fonctionnement des services sociaux à l’échelle parisienne et de l’intervention de l’État dans le processus de structuration du service social complètent ce tableau sur l’émergence d’un nouveau champ d’action. La thèse montre ainsi que même face à un organisme aussi coercitif que le SSE, le service social dans l’entre-deux-guerres ne peut se résumer à la mise en œuvre d’un contrôle social. Si la visée de moralisation des classes populaires est au cœur du projet des services sociaux, la pratique se caractérise avant tout par un hiatus entre les attentes des travailleuses sociales et les stratégies propres des assistés. La relation de care souhaitée par les assistantes est imbriquée à des rapports de pouvoir, dessinant une prise en charge balançant entre bienveillance et surveillance. Mais la relation d’assistance se déploie surtout par des négociations constantes entre des assistantes privées de moyens juridiques et financiers pour faire appliquer leurs décisions et la capacité d’agir de leurs « protégés ». A travers l’analyse du service social en action, ce travail expose ainsi les ambitions et les limites de l’État social en devenir.
Prix de la Chancellerie : chaque année, la Chancellerie des universités de Paris récompense par ses prix solennels de jeunes docteurs qui, tous, par l’excellence de leur thèse, ont fait progresser la recherche de façon remarquable dans des champs disciplinaires aussi variés que la médecine, la science, le droit, les sciences politiques, la pharmacie, les sciences économiques et de gestion, les lettres et sciences humaines.
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Créé en 1973 au sein du ministère des Affaires sociales, le Comité d’histoire de la Sécurité sociale a pour mission de contribuer à une meilleure connaissance de l’histoire de la Sécurité sociale et plus largement de la protection sociale de l’Ancien Régime à nos jours, de susciter des travaux scientifiques et d’en assurer ou d’en aider la diffusion.
Dans cet esprit, le Comité d’histoire a décidé de récompenser chaque année des thèses et des mémoires de master, achevés depuis moins de trois ans se rapportant à l’histoire de la protection sociale au sens large (chômage et action sociale inclus), y compris dans sa dimension internationale. Les travaux doivent être rédigés en français ou en anglais.
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Results from the 2020 elections – Board of the Graduate School (elections held the 20-22 October 2020)
The following Ph.D. student representatives were elected:
- Pablo Barnier-Khawam
- Léna Silberzahn
- Lila Braunschweig
- Romain Jaouen
- Célia Bouchet
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
=> Download the minutes of the vote (PDF, 500Ko) (in French)
The Hertie School’s Centre for Digital Governance and Bocconi University’s Department of Social and Political Sciences would like to cordially invite you to their first joint PhD seminar series within the CIVICA Network !
Please register for the seminar by filling out this form:
Deadline to register: 25 october 2020 More information (PDF)
List of courses and trainings offered by EUI, CIVICA partners
If you are interested, please send application to email@example.com with cv and short cover letter.
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Dear PhD Students,
We would like to invite all first year PhDs to an information meeting on Wednesday 14 october at 3pm.
Please kindly join the Dean and his team as well as the team of the Research library
The meeting is taking place from 3pm to 4.30pm via Zoom
The link is https://sciencespo.zoom.us/j/93896743590
During the meeting, you will learn all you need to know about your PhD training, the important dates and meetings to keep in mind, the financial supports available for doctoral research, the mobility scheme etc...
The ressources of our research library will also be presented.
A Q&A session will take place after the presentations.
We are looking forward to meeting you all online next Wednesday!
- Online Career Fair
Every year, the Sciences Po Career Fair gathers recruiters, students and graduates, in a unique opportunity to meet and explore job and internship opportunities.
Because of the unprecedented sanitary context, the 2020 edition will be held on-line via the Seekube platform from 14 to 16 October.
The Career fair is a unique opportunity for students to:
- Get information on a wide range of companies, their values, the opportunities they offer, and their recruitment process for jobs and internships
- Find an internship, a first job, a graduate programme…
- Develop their career project
- Practice job interviews.
Important : As the Fair will be held online, recruiters and students or graduates located outside of France will have the unique opportunity to take part in it.
- Caroline Duhaâ raconte son parcours
Caroline Duhaâ recently graduated with a Master’s in Sociology from the Sciences Po Doctoral School, accompanied by the university’s Advanced Certification in Gender Studies, granted by PRESAGE, Programme de recherche et d’enseignement des savoirs sur le genre (in English, Research and Educational Programme on Gender Studies). She looks back on her studies, from her very first classes in gender studies on the Paris campus through to her Master’s thesis on the division of household labour.
You took numerous classes in gender studies over the course of your studies. Where does your interest in this particular field of research come from?
From an awareness of gender inequality and a desire to bring about change! It also comes from my conviction that a broad knowledge of current research on gender is a precious tool for achieving change, as well as my wish to keep developing my own theoretical reflections. As soon as I was able to, I chose to take classes in gender studies: these helped to confirm and strengthen my interest in the issues. They also opened new doors, which inspired me to keep going!
What made you choose to DO a research master’s in sociology?
It was for the same reasons: I wished to gain a more nuanced understanding of contemporary society, both for my own intellectual interest and because, at that time, I was already considering orienting myself towards a career in public policy on inequality. I have always felt that rigorous analysis of a situation, using existing research and research methods, is the key to identifying problems and solutions for public policy. Social inequality is a major area of study within sociology as a discipline, and the programme offered at the Sciences Po Doctoral School combines both theoretical and practical elements, with training in research methods. So the Master’s in Sociology seemed a perfect fit for my plans. The fact that it was presented as a pathway to more professions than just academia also helped to convince me that it was the right choice for me.
You Completed an internship within France’s gender equality council, the CONSEIL SUPÉRIEUR DE L’ÉGALITÉ PROFESSIONNELLE ENTRE LES FEMMES ET LES HOMMES. What did your work for the council involve?
I was involved in various aspects of the work of the CSEP, which is a tripartite advisory body producing reports and proposals around issues of gender equality in the workplace. I was also in charge of assisting the council’s Secretary General in her activities. In concrete terms, I contributed to the finalisation of a report entitled Gender Equality in Human Resources Procedures (PDF, 12 Mb) and the writing of the accompanying practical guidance (PDF, 7 Mb) for human resources professionals. Another publication I contributed to was an analysis of results from a statistical survey on policies and attitudes towards parenting within companies (PDF, 6 Mb). I produced memos for the Secretary General on a variety of issues relating to gender equality and contributed to the writing of a memo for France’s Secretary of State for Gender Equality. It was also my responsibility to monitor any legal developments or news items emerging day to day in relation to gender equality, particularly in the workplace.
In addition to these tasks, which formed the basis of my internship, I was put in charge of running the CSEP’s Twitter account, as well as various other administrative tasks (organising working group meetings, taking meeting minutes, etc).
You have just defended your master’s thesis entitled “private life is political”, which looked at IDEALS and practices REGARDING HOUSEWORK for feminist women LIVING IN heterosexual couples. Why did you choose this topic?
I knew when I applied for the Master’s in Sociology that I wanted to write my thesis on an issue relating to the sociology of gender. My choice of this topic in particular arose out of two separate observations. On the one hand, I had come across a large number of reports from feminists who felt they had failed to implement their ideals when it came to the division of household chores between themselves and their partners. On the other hand, I noticed a paradox in the literature around this issue. The division of domestic labour in heterosexual couples is an issue that has been – and continues to be – widely studied within sociology: one of the categories traditionally used to explain the balance or lack thereof in couples is the “gender ideology” of the individuals. Meanwhile, the feminist movement has explicitly focused on the issue of housework right back since the 1960s and 70s. Yet despite all of this, the potential links between a woman identifying as a feminist and her ideals and practices when it comes to dividing up household tasks has been literally entirely ignored by the academic literature to date. That seemed all the more astonishing to me given that there are so many dimensions to this issue. It poses a whole range of questions which I, at least, found fascinating!
Can you tell us more?
To conduct my survey, I combined different methodologies. First, I gathered quantitative data through an online questionnaire: after that I was able to conduct quantitative analysis on responses from nearly 1,000 people. I also carried out individual interviews with the members of 11 couples. Across my work, I paid particular attention to the strategies, whether conscious or otherwise, that feminists use to manage the problem of a potential gap between their ideals and practices in the household, both before and after that gap emerges. My analysis of the data revealed a link in my qualitative sample between the nature of the male partners’ gender ideology and the nature and effectiveness of strategies by their female partners. A ‘basic’ acceptance of values of gender equality on the part of men, even when this takes the form of an overall theoretical acceptance of the feminism of their partners, is not sufficient to effectively translate their views into practice when it comes to household work. It seems that their perception, however conscious, of whether or not these tasks pose a ‘threat’ to their masculinity is a key factor to take into account when looking at the division of domestic labour.
The results of my statistical analysis are not conclusive as to whether or not the feminism of the female partners, or the degree to which they deem their feminism important, have an impact on the division of household work within their couples. My analysis would benefit from being conducted with a larger and more representative sample of the French population. Generally speaking, I am convinced that the links between feminism and ideals and practices surrounding housework deserve to be more fully explored!
What do you plan to do next?
I would like to be involved in the development of public policy to combat gender inequality, perhaps by working for an NGO, non-profit organisation, think tank or advisory body drafting proposals and conducting advocacy work around the issue. I am particularly hoping to put my studies to use to help ensure that public policy takes full account of academic research, including from the social sciences, so as to propose solutions that are adapted to contemporary public issues.
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- The Advanced Certification in Gender Studies
- PRESAGE, Programme de recherche et d’enseignement des savoirs sur le genre (in English, Research and Educational Programme on Gender Studies)
- Sciences Po’s Research and Educational Programme on Gender Studies (PRESAGE)
- The Master’s in Sociology at Sciences Po’s Doctoral School
- The Association of Sciences Po Doctoral School (AED)
1. Fostering the meeting of students from different disciplines, and their informal exchange, both at the master, PhD and other levels
2. Guiding the students in their occupational integration by presenting them their potential job prospects both in the research field and around it, through meetings with the Alumni and with other guests
3. Proposing a set of research training activities (such as conferences, seminars, podcasts or a student review), also in order to promote the meeting between the different disciplines present within the School
Membership will be entirely free! They wish to keep this place open so everyone could have the liberty to can propose and lead projects. If you are already willing to participate to its birth, consider integrating the association's very first board that will be elected in October 2020.
Here is the team who initiated the project of the Association of students of Sciences Po Doctoral School:
Joaquim Gaignard: Political Science student, International Relations (M2) | Research on Chinese foreign policy and the Arctic region. Asialyst contributor, intern at the Foundation for Strategic Research. Passionate about cinema, linguistics and science fiction.
Jean-Baptiste Le Gallo : Political Science student, International Relations (M2) | Trained in social sciences and mathematics. Linguistics and federalism are among his favorite subjects. Always open to debate about ideas, especially around a drink.
Gabriele Mariani : Italian student in Sociology (M2) | Interested in social policies and labor market analysis. Passionate about politics, gender and LGBTQIA +.
Julia Mlodzinski : Political Science student, Public Policy (M1) | Passionate about political ecology and biophysical economics. Painter in her spare time.
Berdirhan Erdem Mutlu : Political Science student, Comparative Politics (M2) | Interested in the interaction between religion and politics in the world and especially in the Middle East / Mediterranean region. Two passions for free time: theater and poetry.
Malyphone de Peyrelongue : Political Science Student, Political Theory (M2) | Interested in the themes of inclusive democracy, solicitude, political communication and passionate about popular science. Climbs the Parisian block walls after lessons.
Juraj Pal'a : Political Science student, Political Theory (M2) | Wonders about the transitions and regressions of democracies in connection with political economy. Engaged in the association of the doctoral school to affirm the singular place of researchers in the professional world.
The Association of Students of Sciences Po Doctoral School hope to see you very soon!
- Actualité Sciences Po
Dear Doctoral students,
First of all, we hope this email finds you well.
We are following up on the communication that has just been sent to you about the decision to suspend students’ access to the Paris campus for a period of 14 days from Monday, September 21, 2020. This decision was dictated by health imperatives, considering that the campus has become a place of active circulation of the virus, as our Director has just recalled.
Doctoral students, as early stage researchers of Sciences Po continue to access the Paris campus. You can continue to go to work in your labs and access the buildings you need in the coming days too. Make sure to check the new opening hours of the buildings.
The Sciences Po Library will remain accessible to doctoral students for the next fourteen days on the site of 27 rue Saint Guillaume. The other sites will be closed.
If you have requested a classroom space to conduct your online course, the classroom space and the access to the building, will be of course continued.
Finally, kindly note the Health center of Sciences Po stays open but on appointment only. Please continue to follow all the health instructions that have been presented to you, and to respect the report procedure if you carry the virus or if you have come into contact with someone in this situation.
We remain at your disposal and wish you, despite these difficult circumstances a nice semester with us.
Dean of the Doctoral School
- Sciences Po - Aphithéâtre Boutmy| © Guillaume Serpe
A significant number of positive cases of Covid-19 have been identified on our Paris Campus. It is now an active site of circulation of the virus. In light of this information, and after discussions with the Rectorat de Paris and the regional health office (ARS) of Ile-de-France, I regret to inform you that all teaching and student activities, as well as our library and administrative services, will be suspended on the Paris Campus for a period of 14 days beginning Monday 21 September 2020. Off-campus sports and cultural activities will likewise be suspended. Accordingly, from this date until Sunday 4 October 2020, our Parisian premises will temporarily be closed to students.
In accordance with the recommendations of the health authorities, the goal of this suspension is to protect the health of all our communities and to prepare for the reopening of our Paris Campus in the best and safest conditions possible.
With this in mind, we ask you to please adhere to all current health guidelines (especially the need to self-isolate if you have tested positive for Covid-19) and to keep your social activities and physical contact to a strict minimum throughout this period.
In addition, staff at Sciences Po are currently working with the ARS of Ile-de-France to organise a PCR testing programme, which will be offered to students most exposed to infection. This programme, to be held on our campus, will take place over the course of the suspension period. It will allow us to make a full assessment of the health situation at Sciences Po, both on an institution-wide and an individual basis.
Despite this restriction of access to our premises, and thanks to the efforts of both administrative and teaching staff, we are able to guarantee that all teaching will continue as scheduled. It was for precisely such an eventuality that we devised our ‘dual campus’ model in spring of last year. The dual campus combines physical and digital teaching, in order to adapt in real time to the evolution of the pandemic and to vary accordingly the proportion of teaching taking place onsite and remotely. All scheduled teaching will therefore be conducted remotely for the duration of the suspension.
Throughout this period, staff at Sciences Po will be mobilised to organise the PCR testing programme, to assist any students encountering difficulties and to prepare for the reopening of our campus. We will be communicating the dates and details of the testing programme over the course of next week. You will also receive information shortly regarding conditions for the reopening of the Paris campus.
Sciences Po is a place of encounter and exchange. It is up to each and every one of us to work to preserve the richness of the university and its openness. As part of that, it is the duty of all to adhere strictly to any measures limiting the spread of the virus, and to ensure that others adhere to these too. This applies both inside and outside of our campuses.
Any preventative measures introduced on our premises will remain ineffective unless they are accompanied by an awareness of the risks and a strong and continuous personal commitment to reducing these. I know that I can count on the support of each and every one of you. Many thanks for your vigilance in these unprecedented circumstances.
Warmest regards to you all,
President of Sciences Po
- Pierre François, Doyen de l'École doctorale de Sciences Po
The entire team of the Doctoral School was very pleased to welcome our new students on Wednesday, 9th September...
Frédéric Mion, Directeur de Sciences Po / President of Sciences Po
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Bénédicte Durand, Directrice de la formation / Vice President of Academic Affairs
Durée de la vidéo : 11:15
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Guillaume Plantin, Directeur scientifique / Vice-President of Research
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Pierre François, Doyen de l’École doctorale / Dean of the Doctoral School
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Toute l'équipe de l'École doctorale était présente le 9 septembre dernier pour souhaiter la bienvenue à nos étudiantes et étudiants...
- Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po
The entire team of the Doctoral School is very pleased to welcome and meet you on-site and remote, Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 2.45 p.m.!
- On-site: Amphithéâtre Emile Boutmy, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume – 75007 Paris.
- Remote : Zoom link
Economy (Prof. Sergei Guriev): 5 p.m. - Zoom link - Event broadcast in the Leroy-Beaulieu amphitheater (3rd floor at 27, rue Saint-Guillaume - take the stairs at the exit of the Boutmy amphitheater) -,
History (DED: Prof. Mario Del Pero): 5 p.m. - Zoom link - Event broadcast in the Eugène d'Eichtal amphitheater (3rd floor at 27, rue Saint-Guillaume - take the stairs near the reception desk),
Political science (DED: Prof. Colin Hay): 4.30 p.m. - Zoom link - Event broadcast in Jacques Chapsal amphitheater (2nd floor at 27, rue Saint-Guillaume - take the stairs at the exit of the Boutmy amphitheater),
Sociology (DED: Prof. Ettore Recchi): 5 p.m. - Zoom link - Broadcast in the Jeannie de Clarens amphitheater (1st floor at 27, rue Saint-Guillaume - take the stairs near the reception desk).
NB: for students of the master of political science, an additional meeting, which will take place on Zoom, is planned with the scientific director of your major:
Political behavior (Head of studies : Prof. Romain Lachat): Thursday September 10th at 4 p.m.,
Comparative politics (Co-Heads of studies : Pr. Kathy Rousselet and Pr. Jan Rovny): Wednesday September 9th at 5.15 pm,
Public policies (Head of studies : Prof. Philippe Bezès): Wednesday September 9th at 5.15 p.m.,
International relations (Head of studies : Prof. Thierry Balzacq): Wednesday September 9th at 5.15 p.m.,
Political theory (Head of studies : Prof. Astrid von Busekst): Friday September 11th at 10 a.m.
General Track in English (Head of studies : Pr. Colin Hay): Wednesday September 9th at 5.15 p.m.
Meetings of new PhD students:
The information meeting for new doctoral students will take place in mid-october. More information will be coming soon!
- Marie Le Texier and Anne-Sophie Roux © Sciences Po
One is dedicated to ridding it of plastic, the other to replanting its corals: two Sciences Po graduates explain how and why they have created a business devoted to protecting the oceans. In the context of the first Ecological Transition Careers Fair, we spoke to Marie Le Texier, Founder of ConsultantSeas, a consulting firm, and Anne-Sophie Roux, Founder of Tenaka.
What drew you to the domain of ocean protection?
Anne-Sophie Roux: At first, I had no idea that I was going to create my own business - much less an “Economie sociale et solidaire (ESS)”! Before graduating in 2019, I was pursuing the “comparative politics” course at the Ecole doctorale as part of my master’s in political sciences. My research was focused on the adaptation of South-East Asian communities to climate change. During my gap year I decided to go there myself and I discovered lots of initiatives in the Pacific and South-East Asian regions, and had the opportunity to study marine biology. That’s how I learnt that it was possible to plant corals! I saw the impacts that this could have for coastal communities, especially in Malaysia and in the Philippines: restoration of the ecosystems, food safety, protection against typhoons and erosion…
When I returned to France to finish my master’s, I decided to create Tenaka while writing my dissertation. It was a lot of work, but I was able to join the Sciences Po incubator, which was enormously helpful as I didn’t yet have any entrepreneurial experience. Today, Tenaka has six employees on three different continents.
Marie Le Texier: I’ve always wanted to work in something related to water. Before coming to Sciences Po, I studied at the ENSEEIHT (pronounced N-7 in French!), an engineering school in Toulouse. I also did several internships with specialised institutions, like the Institute of Research for Development (IRD). This engineering school gave me a solid foundation, but I felt as though I needed to study human and social sciences in order to really understand the challenges facing water and the environment. I therefore decided to pursue a Master’s in Environmental Policy at the Sciences Po School of International Affairs (PSIA), in 2011. There I took all of the classes that would allow me to gain a better understanding of the challenges in water management around the world, and I also had opportunities to do internships, one, for example, with UN Habitat in Laos.
After obtaining my Master’s in 2013, I went to work for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, an association of 200 multinational corporations and a Secretariat, based in Geneva, which provides counselling for sustainable development. In the three years I spent there, I was able to see the businesses’ point of view and at the same time assess their methods of implementation. After a sabbatical year (to become a skipper!), I asked the WBCSD to allow me to focus on ocean protection. With the help of my managers, I set up the task force for ocean plastic and we worked with many businesses. This is what gave me the idea to create ConsultantSeas, a consulting firm that works with the public sector, the private sector and the public in identifying and implementing best practices to reduce the amount of plastic in the oceans.
How does ConsultantSeas work? Who do you work with, what do you do, and what are the results?
Marie Le Texier: A large part of what we do takes place on land, where the 8 million tons of plastic that end up in the ocean every year is produced. We rely on what we call the plastic value chain, which involves the producers, converters, brand owners, distributors, consumers, and waste management companies.
With the co-founder of ConsultantSeas, Alexandre Le Vernoy (who is also a Sciences Po alumnus), we first decided to support businesses in their plastic strategy, which consists of reducing the risks associated with every step of the plastic value chain - whether this is in regulatory threats (like bans on single-use plastic products - straws, lids, etc.), or risks to their reputation. Fairly quickly, we received requests from the public sector and from members of the public, who we now consult as well. In this way we have facilitated collaboration in an unprecedented process, the National Pact on Plastic Packaging (FR), which was signed in February 2020.
Anne-Sophie Roux: During my first trips to South-East Asia, I noticed that coral plantations were bringing very convincing results; nonetheless, it seemed that it was difficult to secure long-term funding. To try and understand why, I decided to address the CSR departments of several big businesses, and ask them what difficulties they were facing. Several mentioned the difficulty of cooperating with local organisations and measuring the real impact of their actions. And, of course, measuring the impact is the keystone of CSR politics (and, more widely, of social and inclusive economy businesses).
This is why we built a programme allowing big businesses to support the restoration of coral reefs, in return for which we provide them with “bespoke” evaluations and measurements. For example, with Kering, who finances one of our most ambitious projects: we have begun the restoration of a hectare of corals by installing nurseries (which are something like tutors under the sea). We regularly study the evolution of the coral as well as the biodiversity (and the return of endangered species), and we have developed a specialised camera that allows the business to have access to these images in real time.
Thanks to these initiatives, we recently received a label from the Solar Impulse Foundation, who honour the 1,000 most promising solutions in environmental protection. Which is a huge victory for us!
What impact has the pandemic had on your work?
Marie Le Texier: At the moment, the impact of the crisis on our activity at ConsultantSeas is fairly limited, even if we can expect a reduction in CSR budgets for certain industrial sectors. But this doesn’t stop us from taking action! The crisis encourages all of us, citizens, businesses and governments, to think about the “aftermath”. In terms of the impacts of the pandemic, we are seeing a surge in consumption of single-use plastics. However, I see it as my duty to take a step back from the crisis and try to understand the need to rethink some of our economic models in order to evolve towards an economic model - especially the plastic industry - that will be better in the long run.
Anne-Sophie Roux: We’re actually already noticing that certain businesses are looking to make the most of the crisis and bounce back with new commitments and an economic model realigned with these values. And on a local scale, the slowing of people’s activity has had a clear positive effect on the environment! On my side, I am in lockdown on the island of Tioman, in Malaysia, where we have been planting corals since 2017. I arrived here three months ago, just before the crisis. Our lockdown is pretty flexible, because there have been no cases of coronavirus on the island, but our planned activities have been postponed. I live with half of our team: it’s a challenge, but we’re rising to it!
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