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Research Units

Sciences Po researchers pursue research activities in research centres or in crosscutting programmes, and are affiliated to a department by their discipline.

Section #research-centres

Bringing together over 250 researchers, Sciences Po’s research centres generate new approaches and new research in law, economics, history, political science and sociology.

This structure includes:

  • Seven 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).
  • Three centres recognized as reception teams (EA) by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
  • The School of Research (ex-Doctoral School) which provides training through research and for research for master's and doctoral students in law, economics, history, political science and sociology.

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 Organisations - CSO

The CSO (UMR 7116) works on the intersection of the sociology of organisations, 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's Research Centre

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.

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.

Section #cross-cutting-programmes

Five Major Crosscutting Programmes

In addition to the 11 research centres, five cross-cutting programmes allow researchers from the different Sciences Po research units to jointly develop long-term research programmes.

The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP)

The LIEPP is a "laboratoire d'excellence" (Labex) supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the French government, within the framework of the "Investissements d'avenir" programme.
The LIEPP aims to play a major role in evaluating various aspects of public policy through an innovative method based on multidisciplinarity and the combination of qualitative, comparative, and quantitative analysis. LIEPP also aims to develop and disseminate the best academic methods and research in the field of policy evaluation.

Le MaxPo (the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies)

MaxPo’s research investigates how individuals, organisations, and nation-states are coping with the new forms of economic and social instability that have developed in Western societies as a result of policy shifts, the expansion of markets, technological advances, and cultural changes.

Jointly established in Paris by Sciences Po and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG), the Centre aims to make substantive contributions to the social sciences in Europe and to enrich academic and political dialogue between France and Germany.

"Cities are Back in Town" (FR)

The purpose of the "Cities are Back in Town" programme is to initiate new research perspectives, to conduct systematic in-depth work on the Paris region, and to instigate a programme of comparison between cities in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa, around three major themes:

  • The spatialisation of inequalities, segregation (economic, social, educational and ethnic), and their effects on the relations between social groups, welfare states and urban inequalities
  • Government, governance and democracy, urban policies, conflicts and activism;
  • Socio-economics of cities, institutions and economic development.

PRESAGE: Le Programme de recherche et d’enseignement sur le genre

PRESAGE, Programme de recherche et d’enseignement des savoirs sur le genre (Research and Educational Programme on Gender Studies) is Sciences Po’s gender studies programme. Created in 2010, PRESAGE encourages collaborations between Sciences Po’s different research units and by promoting interactions with foreign researchers.  It rests on the assertion that gender studies do not constitute an academic discipline, but rather a field of research in constant renewal. In addition to the multidisciplinary approach of gender questions in research projects, PRESAGE proposes a large course offer.

The Data, Infrastructure, Methods of Investigation in Social Sciences and Humanities Equipment (DIME-SHS)

DIME-SHS is an “equipment of excellence” (Equipex) created under the "Investments for the Future" programme. It aims to provide France with cutting-edge equipment for the collection, development and dissemination of data for research in the social sciences and humanities. The originality of DIME-SHS lies in its consideration of these three stages of research protocol, and its full embrace of the opportunities that the Internet and new technologies provide in the exploration and distribution of classic data, and in the creation of new types of data.

DIME-SHS is organised into three integrated components: the gathering of quantitative data, the archiving and distribution of qualitative surveys, and the study of the web as a corpus. Led by Sciences Po, DIME-SHS brings together seven institutions.

Section #research-chairs

The research and teaching chairs of Sciences Po study subjects at the heart of public debate and current affairs. They have two goals: to conduct research in order to better understand contemporary society and to nourish the content of coursework. 

Each chair is connected to a graduate school or a research centre. An independent scientific committee elects the chairs and specifies the centre’s scientific programme. Permanent faculty members of Sciences Po as well as outside experts or researchers from partner universities compose the committee. Alongside the scientific committee, the steering committee puts into place the Chair’s activity programme. The steering committee consists of benefactor representatives as well as the chairholder and staff of each chair. 

Writer-in-residence chair

Created in 2019, the Writer-in-Residence Chair aims to inspire students’ creative expression and enable them to develop the ability to reflect critically and innovatively. The chair always welcomes a francophone writer who delivers writing lessons and facilitates events within the Writing and Rhetoric Centre. Following in the footsteps of Kamel Daoud, Marie Darrieussecq, Patrick Chamoiseau, Maylis de Kerangal, Louis-Philippe Dalembert and Alice Zeniter the current resident is Mathias Énard.

The Writer-in-Residence Chair is closely tied to the Writing and Rhetoric Centre and is overseen by Delphine Grouès, Director of the Institute for Skills and Innovation.

The Chair benefits from the support of the group Fnac Darty, the Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation, and the Jan Michalski Foundation

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Chair in Sovereign Debt

Created in 2019, the Chair in Sovereign Debt aims to become an international reference on the theme of sovereign finance.

The Chair of Sovereign Debt is connected to the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). Jean Pierre Landau, Associate Professor at the Economics Department of Sciences Po, directs the Chair. 

An exclusive partner, the Global Sovereign Advisory (GSA), founded by Anne-Laure Kiechel, supports the Chair. 

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European Chair for Sustainable Development and Climate Transition

Created in 2020, this chair is headed by Marc Ringel Full, Professor at Nuertingen Geislingen University, Stuttgart, Senior Associate Researcher at the University of Brussels. It aims to bring new insights to all organisations concerned with advancing sustainable development along the triple axis of climate transition, economic development and social inclusion. The chair adopts a resolutely transdisciplinary approach, integrating the fields of economics, sociology, technologies and humanities. It focuses on social inclusion, the strengthening of environmental sustainability and the issue of economic growth. It aims to promote the design and implementation of national and European public policies that serve the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda and the European Green Deal.

For the first time, this chair is co-hosted by two of Sciences Po's graduate schools: the School of Public Affairs and the School of International Affairs. It is headed by Marc Ringel, an expert in environmental issues, affiliate professor at Sciences Po and full professor at Nuertingen Geislingen University, Stuttgart. Numerous Sciences Po researchers working on environmental issues will participate in the work of the chair.

The chair is supported by the European Investment Bank, Hermès and HSBC.

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Digital, Governance, and Sovereignty Chair

Created in 2017, the Digital, Governance, and Sovereignty Chair aims to stimulate reflection on political, economic, and societal issues tied to the surge of digital technology and its impact on both daily life and public policy. 

Connected to the School of Public Affairs and the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies, the Chair is co-led by economics professor and Dean of the School of Public Affairs Yann Algan and Florence G’Sell, professor of private law. 

The Chair benefits from the support of Sopra Steria Next (primary partner) as well as the Caisse des Dépôts

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Good in Tech Chair

Created in 2019, the Good in Tech Chair seeks to reimagine innovation and technology as tools for creating a better world. 

Two institutions support the Chair: Sciences Po’s School of Management and Innovation and the Institute Mines-Télécom Business School (IMT-BS). The co-holders of the Chair are Dominique Cardon (medialab) for Sciences Po and Marie-Christine Balagué for IMT-BS.

AFNOR Group, AG2R La Mondiale, CGI, Danone, Fabernovel and Sycomore Asset Management support the Chair.

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Chair for the Study of Religion

The Chair for the Study of Religion, created in 2020, aims to promote the development of research related to religion and to support social science education related to such subjects. Connected to Sciences Po’s Centre of International Studies (CERI), the Chair is co-directed by CNRS Research Professor Alain Dieckhoff and Associate Professor at Sciences Po and Researcher at CERI Stéphane Lacroix. Post-doc researcher within the Chair, Charlotte Thomas [FR], oversees the scientific secretariat. 

The goals of the Chair include uniting researchers of religious studies; proposing religious studies undergraduate and doctoral coursework to Sciences Po; participating in public and academic debate, and supporting the next generation of researchers. 

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Research Chair on Overseas Territories

Created in 2021 within the CEVIPOF, the Chair on Overseas Territories aims to promote a cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to issues related to the French overseas territories. It has four main missions:

  • To foster debates and reflections by enabling all actors from the French overseas territories and the French mainland to meet and exchange views in an academic framework that is neutral, demanding and open to all territories.
  • To stimulate research and contribute to the constitution of a body of doctrine in the French overseas territories through a multi-disciplinary approach that comprehensively addresses the overseas territories’ issues and challenges.
  • To enrich the undergraduate and graduate education programmes at Sciences Po and train tomorrow's overseas leaders capable of developing and applying innovative solutions.
  • To build long-term partnerships with public authorities, local authorities, associations and companies in the French overseas territories, as well as internationally.

Martial Foucault, director of the CEVIPOF, is the chairperson. Other members include Daniel Boy, Sylvain Brouard, Jean Chiche, Olivier Costa and Anne Muxel, permanent researchers at the CEVIPOF, as well as numerous researchers associated with the CEVIPOF.

The committee of partners brings together the Chair's financial contributors, members of Parliament from the French overseas territories (Senate, National Assembly, European Parliament, EESC) and invited associations and business groups contributing to the work or dissemination of the Chair's work.

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Chair for Women in Business 

Created in 2018, the Chair for Women in Business identifies the obstacles preventing women from achieving their professional goals. It evaluates barriers and provides women with the tools to overcome them.  

The Chair is connected to the Centre for Entrepreneurship and partners with the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP). Anne Boring, Assistant Professor within the Department of Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Associate Researcher at LIEPP directs this chair.

Axa, the Chanel Foundation, Goldman Sachs and the Pepsico Foundation support this chair.

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Health Chair

Created in 2006, the Health Chair reimagines public health and its variants through an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary lens: healthcare system regulation, healthcare services organisation, the impact of new technology, health-related public policy, particularly pertaining to aging and nutrition. 

Connected to the Centre for the Sociology of Organisations (CSO), the Health Chair is directed by doctor and previous Inspector General of Social Affairs Gilles Duhamel and CNRS Research Director and CSO Researcher Daniel Benamouzig.

The Chair benefits from the support of the Department of Health, Public Health France, the Île-de-France Regional Agency of Health, AG2R La Mondiale, Air Liquide Healthcare and La Poste.

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Cities and Digital Technology Chair

Created in 2017, the City and Digital Technology Chair studies the transformation of cities in the context of the digital revolution. It examines the interaction between digital technology and territorial governance. 

Connected to the Urban School and in partnership with the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE), the City and Digital Technology Chair is directed by Patrick Le Gales [FR], Director of CNRS (National Committee of Scientific Research) Research at CEE. 

The Chair benefits from the support of the Caisse des Dépôts, La Poste and RTE.

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Cities, Housing, and Real Estate Chair

Created in 2020, the City, Housing, and Real Estate Chair aims to contribute to research on developments within the real estate sector while drawing on theoretical tools and methods from the social sciences. It focuses on research related to the financing of real estate, housing public policy, territory issues, urban development, and the evolution of real estate development.

Connected to the Urban School, the Chair is overseen by Patrick Le Galès and Guillermo Martin, Dean and Executive Director of the School, respectively. Nordine Kireche, member of the Center of European Studies and Comparative Politics, ensures the scientific responsibility of the Chair. 

The Chair benefits from the support of CDC Habitat, CDC, the Fédération des promoteurs immobiliers (FPI), and Gecina.

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