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Produce new knowledge

Sciences Po researchers pursue research activities in research centres or in crosscutting programmes, and are affiliated to a department by their discipline. Meanwhile, the Doctoral School teaches research skills through practical experience of doing research. The Sciences Po Doctoral School has over 500 students.

Research units

Ten Research Centres

Bringing together over two hundred researchers, Sciences Po’s research centres generate new approaches and new research in law, economics, history, political science and sociology.

Six units are associated with France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) as “joint research units” (UMR in French) and four units are recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education as “host teams” (EA in French).

In addition to these ten centres, the OFCE serves as both a research centre and economic forecasting organization.

The Centre for Socio-Political Data - CDSP 

The CDSP (UMS 828) provides documented and scientifically validated socio-political data for research by archiving, disseminating, and contributing to international survey programs. It also supports training in data collection and analysis.

The Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics - CEE

CEE’s (UMR 8239) projects combine basic and applied research, and focus on four main areas: a crosscutting approach to European studies; the cross-links between participation, democracy and government; election analyses: new paradigms and tools; the restructuring of the state and public action.

The Centre for International Studies - CERI

The CERI (UMR 7050) analyses foreign societies, international relations, and political, social, and economic phenomena across the world from a comparative and historical perspective.

The  Centre for Political Research - CEVIPOF

CEVIPOF (UMR 7048) research focuses on two main areas. The first includes political attitudes, behaviour and parties; the second involves political thought and the history of ideas.

The Centre for History - CHSP

The Centre for History (EA 113) research has evolved over time to focus on five major topics: arts, knowledge and culture; wars, conflicts and violence; states, institutions and societies; the political and cultural history of contemporary France; from local to global: international history and its levels.

The Centre for the Sociology of Organizations - CSO

The CSO (UMR 7116) works on the intersection of the sociology of organizations, sociology of public policy, and economic sociology.  Its five major research programmes address fundamental issues such as higher education and research, healthcare, sustainable development, the evolution of firms, and the transformation of the state.

The Department of Economics

Research in the Department of Economics (EA 4460) contributes to the development of methodology and economic analysis. Its research focuses in particular on the labour market, international economics, political economy, microeconomics, and development.

The Law School

The Law School’s (EA 4461) research focuses on globalisation, legal cultures and the economics of law. In addition, a number of works address the theory and history of law, public and private international law, and intellectual property.

The médialab

The médialab (EA 7033) is a digital laboratory devoted to the study and exploitation of data generated by new information technologies, as well as the study of their means of production and circulation.

The Observatory for Social Change - OSC

The OSC (UMR 7049) is a research centre for general and comparative sociology.  Its researchers study urban, educational and gender inequalities, as well as social and ethno-racial stratification, mobility, and segregation phenomena.


The OFCE is an independent body that produces forecasts, and researches and evaluates public policy. It covers most areas of economic analysis, from macroeconomics, growth, social protection systems, taxation and employment policy, to sustainable development, competition, innovation, and regulation.

Three major crosscutting programs

In addition to the ten centres, three major crosscutting programs produce research: LIEPP, DIME-SHS and MaxPo.  They allow researchers from different centres to pursue joint research with five to ten year funding commitments.  These frequently multidisciplinary projects are conducive to the development of new approaches and methodologies that are shared with the rest of the research community.

The LIEPP and DIME-SHE have been awarded highly competitive grants from the “Investments for the Future” program, and MaxPo has a contractual partnership with the prestigious Max Planck Society.  Researchers from our various research units lead these programs, which pursue crosscutting and multidisciplinary issues.

Cooperation for excellence

Oxford-Sciences Po Research Group

The Oxford-Sciences Po Research programme brings together two of the foremost universities in the world in the field of social sciences. The programme offers several visiting schemes for academics, young doctors and doctoral students wishing to spend time to conduct individual research in Oxford/Sciences Po. The programme aims to enhance comparative research on political and social phenomena in Europe, and in particular in France and the UK.

Cambridge-Sciences Po Research Cooperation Framework

The Cambridge-Sciences Po Research Cooperation Framework is a research cooperation with the University of Cambridge that aims to develop research links in disciplines including Politics, History and Public Policy, and other areas of mutual interest.


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A Doctoral School

The Doctoral School provides research training through research to Masters and PhD students in law, economics, history, political science and sociology.
Visit the Doctoral School website

One department for each discipline

Sciences Po’s five departments are responsible for matters linked to teaching and educational offerings for each of the disciplines they cover at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Each department also serves as a forum for exchanging ideas on the development of each discipline and on its specific operating principles. 

Visit Department websites:
- Economics 
- History (in French) 
- Law 
- Political Science 
- Sociology