Introducing Sciences Po's New Researcher

18 new researchers were recruited for the start of the 2018 academic year at Sciences Po
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With the arrival of 18 new academics this year, Sciences Po proves its status as a highly attractive global centre for research. As well as contributing to the university’s network and research output, these new additions to the faculty will play a vital role in the education of students, introducing them to the latest developments in the humanities and social sciences. Scroll through to learn more about their research interests and backgrounds or download the pdf (4.84Mb).

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Priorising Mental Health at Sciences Po

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With a busy academic schedule and a wealth of extra-curricular activities to balance alongside, life at Sciences Po can feel intense at times. With this in mind, the university is committed to prioritising questions of mental health and promoting the welfare of its students. It sees the provision of emotional and mental support as a responsibility of equal importance to teaching in order to help students reach their full academic and personal potential at Sciences Po.

The Sciences Po Health Centre provides a number of different services in support of student well-being.

Psychological Support

To help students manage their psychological health, Sciences Po offers individual meetings with mental health professionals appointed to listen and to provide personalised support and counselling. French, English, and German speaking psychologists are available by appointment. Find out more.

Anyone registered with the French social security system can also access France’s specialised BAPU psychological support centres for students (Bureaux d’aide psychologique universitaires), which are free of charge with your student card.

On the Reims campus, two general doctors and two psychologists are on site all week.

Wellness Workshops and Stress Management

Sciences Po offers an innovative range of personal development tools focused on stress management, mindfulness, meditation, and creativity. These include workshops in self-massage, sophrology, and various exercises designed to relieve physical and mental strain.

Art and Creativity Workshops

The various creative workshops available at Sciences Po provide students with a counterbalance to their studies and an opportunity to express themselves outside of academic assignments. An art therapist is also available to help students manage stress through creative activities.

Yoga in the Classroom

Bringing the methods of the Health Centre into her classroom at Sciences Po, lecturer Sophie Flak incorporates yoga breaks into her Master’s course on sustainable development and communications. She explains that yoga can aid concentration and recall as well as easing stress and anxiety, making it as useful academically as personally.

Talk to your Advisor

As well as the services offered by the Health Centre, students are always encouraged to speak to their Academic Advisor regarding any problem they encounter during the course of their time at Sciences Po, whether academic or personal.

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The Alliance Programme Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

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On 10 October in Paris, a symposium titled “Bridging Ideas” marked the 15th Anniversary of the Alliance Programme, an innovative partnership between Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Columbia University, École Polytechnique and Sciences Po.

This academic event gathered over 150 participants from the four universities, who collaborate to develop scientific partnerships and exchange through joint projects, visiting professorships, doctoral mobility grants, and student-driven initiatives.

“What the Alliance Program shows is that innovation in higher education is often made possible thanks to the mutual respect and trust between the men and women who work daily within our institutions to advance initiatives for generations to come”, said Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po.

Frédéric Mion stressed the strategic importance of the Alliance program in fostering the relationship and collaboration between France and the United States: “The Alliance Program has significantly contributed to ensuring that the dialogue between France and the United States has remained open and active, and has as such not only remarkably fulfilled its role as a tool for transatlantic academic and scientific cooperation, but has also succeeded in reinforcing the contribution of universities such as ours to global civic debate.”

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Bridging research and teaching

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In June 2018, Sciences Po held the first edition of the International Teaching and Learning Workshop, around the theme: Putting Theory into Practice: Bridging Research and Teaching.

Colleagues from LSE, King's College, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Columbia, Hertie School of Governance, Bergen University, Instituto de Empresa, Polytechnique, National University of Singapore, and many more discussed and shared best practices in pedagogical innovation linking research and instruction. Hear from participants.

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Searching for the Grand Paris

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What is the reasoning for the Grand Paris? What does the transformation of the relationship between Paris and its suburbs imply? Sign up for the second edition of the MOOC: "Searching for the Grand Paris" available on Coursera*.

*To view this teaser with English subtitles, click on the "CC" button on the bottom right of the video, then click "English."

In partnership with the City of Paris, “Searching for the Grand Paris” is an original MOOC animated by the Dean of the Sciences Po Urban SchoolPatrick Le Galès, featuring accounts from residents, association representatives, experts, and researchers. 

The MOOC contains archival footage and documents, as well as a comparative analysis of Brussels, London, and other French cities. Combining historical and comparative approaches with a discussion of controversial topics, it also reflects upon the notion of scale and questions what is at stake in the implementation of the Grand Paris. It discusses the evolution of Paris and its region, as well as issues such as ethnic and social segregation, economic growth, safety, the environment, housing, transportation, city construction, education, and culture.

“Searching for the Grand Paris” is not exclusively directed towards universities. It is free and open to the general public. This dynamic MOOC was made in collaboration with students from the University of Sciences Po along with many other contributors.

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CORE: A different way to study economics

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In recent years, students and teachers alike have come to realize that there is an insufficient culture and knowledge of economics in our society. The study of economics and the reality of how our world operates differ enormously. This realization led to the creation of CORE, a new course and manual developed by professors of economics from around the world, including Yann Algan at Sciences Po. The goal of this course: to show that economic tools, often considered too abstract and theoretical, can help solve real-world problems and crises.

"What is the most urgent issue that economists should address?" - "Inequalities!" shout students all around the world when prompted. But there is also climate change, financial instability, unemployment. Faced with these expectations, economics courses disappoint or even divert students from the subject.

"During the 2008 crisis,” explains Wendy Carlin, Professor of Economics and Macroeconomics at UCL and co-author of CORE, “economics students were embarrassed: they went home to celebrate the holidays and when their families asked them for explanations, they were unable to give them any answers."

Too theoretical, too far removed from contemporary issues

It is from this observation that the CORE project was created in 2016 (CORE: Curriculum Open Access Resources in Economics): if citizens of the world are so critical vis-à-vis the economy, it is undoubtedly that the way it is being taught is partially responsible. "The teaching of economics is strongly questioned around the world, and particularly in France, because it is considered too theoretical, too far removed from major contemporary issues, and too reductive on human behavior", explains Yann Algan, Economist and Professor at Sciences Po and one of the authors of the project. CORE, “an open-access platform for anyone who wants to understand the economics of innovation, inequality, environmental sustainability, and more”, is led by a team of researchers and teachers from around the world, and already used in over a hundred universities in the world.

"The greatest resistance to change,” continues Yann Algan, “is the lack of alternatives. To make concrete changes, we needed a tool that could be immediately implemented in the classroom.” That is the objective of the CORE ebook, The Economy, a completely free online manual. The French version has just been published online; students from Sciences Po and the Toulouse School of Economics have been using it since last September.

Teach the economy as if the last 30 years had taken place

To better meet the expectations of students, this new method of teaching economics takes the opposite route of conventional textbooks, based on a simple idea: to study reality. First and foremost, the reality of human beings, who are able to both think of their own self-interest, but also capable of cooperating, and being generous. Oddly enough, this has little or nothing to do with the abstract homo economicus depicted in traditional textbooks. The reality of today's world, which takes into account recent discoveries from economics research, addresses issues related to the environment, economic instability, and inequality. The reality of human and social science is not an isolated object but one that is enriched by the contributions of law, history, sociology. "We cannot understand a company if we ignore the power, politics or social law," notes Samuel Bowles, Arthur Spiegel Research Professor and Director of Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute, and co-founder and author of CORE. “We have made fundamental changes in how we represent individuals, and how we represent our interactions.”

Thus reinvented, the study of economics turns to search for resolutions of the current problems we face. It does not limit itself to opposing the thinking and theories of the great economists, deemed forever irreconcilable: "We don’t want to juxtapose and compare economists’ views," explains Samuel Bowles. "We do pluralism by integration. We borrow heavily from great economists and create new paradigms."

About CORE: Curriculum Open-access Resources in Economics

CORE-based courses have already been taught as a general introduction to economics in more than 100 universities around the world. Since its launch in 2016, more than 60,500 users in 186 countries and more than 6,100 teachers in 131 countries have used CORE. The paper version of the English eBook has already been reissued six times to reflect demand. Translations into Farsi, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, as well as an adaptation for Southeast Asia are in preparation. An enriched website was launched in September 2017 and a new project adapted to an audience of non-specialists in economics was recently developed by 20 universities.

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Artillerie: discover our future campus!

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A new chapter in Sciences Po’s history is beginning. The redevelopment project chosen for the Artillerie site acquired in late 2016 has been unveiled: it is the work of the team led by Sogelym Dixence with architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Beyond the architectural challenge of transforming a seventeenth-century novitiate into a sustainable, innovative university campus, this plan represents a complete renewal of Sciences Po after 150 years of existence.

Sciences Po acquired the Artillerie site in December 2016 and launched a competitive negotiation process to redevelop it in early 2017. The consortium that has won the contract is a real dream team made up of leading names in architecture, campus specialists and sustainable building experts. Alongside the property developer Sogelym Dixence, the consortium brings together architecture firms Wilmotte & Associés and Moreau Kusunoki, and international higher education specialist Sasaki (read more in our press release (pdf, 56 Kb).

A sustainable, innovative campus

It is no small challenge to transform a seventeenth-century novitiate into a campus capable of adapting to tomorrow’s higher education needs and still remain true to the university’s identity, which has been 150 years in the making. The result is a measured, elegant architectural design that sets off this exceptional heritage to full advantage while creating spaces that look to the future. 

A campus to attract talent from around the world

With this new 14,000 m2 site, Sciences Po will consolidate its historic grounding in the heart of Paris and enhance its profile. Redesigned and streamlined, Campus 2022 will be better organised, more coherent and able to cater optimally to more than 10,000 students and 200 faculty members in the middle of the capital. This world-class urban campus worthy of one of Europe’s leading research universities is destined to attract top faculty and students from around the world.

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FORCCAST et 340 étudiants simulent un sommet sur le futur de l'alimentation à Reims (test anglais)

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Dans le cadre du stage de pré-rentrée des nouveaux étudiants du campus, FORCCAST, le programme de Formation par la Cartographie des Controverses à l'Analyse des Sciences et Techniques, a animé la simulation d'un sommet mondial.

Durant 5 jours, les étudiants ont appris, se sont initiés à la prise de parole en public et à la négociation et ont partagé intensément cette expérience pédagogique complète et inédite.

En savoir plus sur le stage de pré-rentrée du campus de Reims.

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Reims campus: Introducing 8 teaching fellows for 2017/2018

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Dr Benedikt ErforthDr Benedikt Erforth

Teaching Fellow, Euro-American program, Reims Campus
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Education and research interests

Benedikt Erforth is a Teaching Fellow at Sciences Po's Euro-American program in Reims. He completed a PhD in International Studies at the University of Trento (Italy) in 2015.

His research interests include international relations theory, international security, and foreign policy analysis. He has published in Millennium, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and the European Review of International Affairs. He also is a contributor to Foreign Policy Blogs and former contributor to Think Africa Press.

Teaching

  1. Lecturer for the second year undergraduate core course "Theories of International Relations"
  2. Lecturer for the second year undergraduate elective course "Europe in the World"

Lise Herman, PhDLise Herman, PhD

Teaching Fellow, Euro-American program, Reims Campus
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I am a Teaching Fellow in Political Science at Sciences Po (IEP de Paris - Euro-American campus, Reims) and also work as an external analyst for Oxford Analytica on French and Hungarian politics. My broad research interest is in the crisis of modern representative democracy, and I seek more specifically to develop theoretical and methodological tools to study the role of political parties in this crisis.

My PhD in European Studies, defended at the London School of Economics and Political Science in March 2016, was awarded in April 2017 the UK Political Studies Association (PSA) McDougall Prize for best thesis in representation and elections studies. In my doctoral research, I studied the discourses of a total of 118 grass-root party members in an established and a newly established European democracy, France and Hungary. I assessed and compared the democratic merits of these discourses using the works of contemporary political theorists (such as Russell Muirhead, Nancy Rosenblum, Jonathan White, Léa Ypi, Amy Gutmann, etc.) as the basis for my theoretical framework. Methodologically I have relied on focus-groups and software-assisted textual analysis.

My work is published in the American Political Science Review and in the European Political Science Review, as well as in online journals such as the LSE Review of Books and Books and Ideas. I have a co-edited book (with James Muldoon) forthcoming with Routledge on the mainstreaming of far-right populism, as well as articles under review with Party Politics and the British Journal of Political Science.

Main publications

Peer-reviewed articles:

Teaching

  • Lecturer for the second year undergraduate elective courses "Parties and Democratic change: Europe and the US in comparative perspective" (1st semester) and "Trumping the mainstream, Right-wing populism in the 21st century" (2nd semester).
  • Seminar leader for two sections of the first year undergraduate core courses "Comparative Constitutional Law" (1st semester) and "Introduction to Political Science" (2nd semester).

Ines Charlotte MosgalikInes Charlotte Mosgalik

Teaching Fellow, Euro-American program, Reims Campus
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Education and research interests

I am a Teaching Fellow at Sciences Po (Euro-American Programme, Campus de Reims).

My research contributes to the vast interdisciplinary field of demand-side energy research. I am, more specifically, interested in the framing of domestic electricity consumer narratives, focusing on the currently biggest EU member countries as well as the EU-level of governance as such. I cover the time period starting with the first Oil Price shock and ending with the endorsement of the large-scale roll-out of so-called ‘smart meters’ in 2009.

I have been educated at the University of Konstanz, Germany, and at Sciences Po Paris.

Publications

I have contributed to both purely academic publications (Oxford University Press) as well as policy papers of leading international organisations (OECD) and companies (Fondation EDF).

Teaching

I am in charge of animating seminars accompanying Professor Piketty’s “The Long European 19th Century” and Professor Ndiaye’s “20th Century Empires” main lectures.

I also propose a BA seminar exploring the issue of “Living sustainably in an era of energy overconsumption”, related to my own research.

Gaetano Di Tommaso

Teaching Fellow, Euro-American program, Reims Campus
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Education and research interests

Gaetano Di Tommaso is a Teaching Fellow at Sciences Po in Reims (Euro-American Programme). He  holds a joint PhDin contemporary history from Sciences Po - Paris and the University of Bologna.

His broad research interests are in American and transatlantic history and he has worked specifically on the problem of access to and control of energy resources during the twentieth century.

Teaching

  • Seminar leader for the first year undergraduate core courses "The Long European 19th Century” (1st semester)
  • Seminar leader for the first year undergraduate courses “20th Century Empires” (2nd semester)
  • Lecturer for the second year undergraduate elective course “Energy security in the contemporary world” (1st semester)

Federico Manfredi FirmianFederico Manfredi Firmian

Teaching Fellow, Euro-American program, Reims Campus
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Education and research interests

Federico Manfredi Firmian is a Teaching Fellow at Sciences Po, in the Europe-North America programme in Reims. He holds Master’s degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and the City University of New York, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Sorbonne. His research interests include the geopolitics of energy and international relations in the greater Middle East. He has conducted extensive field research in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, and has worked as a political risk consultant on matters related to political and economic outlook, energy, and security.

Main publications

Manfredi Firmian has published in World Policy Journal, H-Diplo, the World Bank En Breve Series, and news related magazines and websites. He is currently working on a longue durée analysis of the political economies of Syria and Iraq.

Teaching

  • Lecturer in the second-year undergraduate course “The Geopolitics of Energy.”
  • Lecturer in the second-year undergraduate course “The War in Syria: US and European Policies.”
  • Seminar leader in the first-year undergraduate courses “Political Institutions” and “Introduction to Political Science.”

Camila Niño Fernández

Teaching Fellow, Euro-American program, Reims Campus
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Education and research interests

Camila Niño Fernández is a Teaching Fellow in Economics at Sciences Po, in the EuroAmerican programme in Reims. She holds a Ph.D degree from Aix-Marseille School of Economics. She holds a Master’s in Public Economics from Aix-Marseille School of Economics and a Master’s in Economics from Los Andes University (Colombia). Her research interests include the income taxation, income redistribution, the role of education as a tool for economic mobility. 

Teaching

  • Teaching Assistant for the course “Principles of Economics” (1st year)
  • Lecturer in the “Introduction to Public Economics” second year major in Economics
  • Lecturer in the seminar “Economics of poverty and income inequality” (2nd year)
  • Lecturer in the seminar “Economics of Education” (2nd year)

Stavros PantazopoulosStavros Pantazopoulos

Teaching Fellow, Euro-American program, Reims Campus
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Education and research interests

Stavros Pantazopoulos is a Teaching Fellow at Sciences Po (Euro-American Programme, Campus de Reims). He is a PhD candidate in public international law at the European University Institute under the supervision of Professor Nehal Bhuta. His research focuses on the protection of environment during and after an armed conflict.

Stavros holds an LLB and an LLM in international law from the University of Athens, an LLM in international law from the London School of Economics, and an LLM in Comparative, European and International Laws from the European University Institute. He has also visited the University of Michigan Law School as a Michigan Grotius Research Scholar.

Main publications

Stavros has published in the fields of international environmental law, law of armed conflict, and autonomous weapons systems.

  • ‘Protection of the Environment During Armed Conflicts: An Appraisal of the ILC’s Work’ (2016) 34 Questions of International Law 7-26
  • ‘Autonomy and Uncertainty: Increasingly Autonomous Weapons Systems and the International Legal Regulation of Risk’ in Nehal Bhuta et al, Autonomous Weapons Systems: Law, Ethics, Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2016) 284-300 (co-authored with Nehal Bhuta)

Teaching

  • Lecturer for the second year undergraduate elective course "New Wars, New Laws? Use of Force and the Conduct of Hostilities in the 21st Century" (2nd semester).
  • Lecturer for the second year undergraduate elective course "Human Rights as a Response to Global Challenges: One-size-fits-all?" (2nd semester).
  • Seminar leader for three sections of the first year undergraduate core courses "Introduction to Public International Law" (1st semester).

Arianna Sforzini

Teaching Fellow, Euro-American and Euro-African programs, Reims Campus
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Education and research interests

Arianna Sforzini is a Teaching Fellow at Sciences po – Reims (2017-2018) and an associated researcher to the Bibliothèque nationale de France (2016-2018). She is a member of the Association pour le Centre Michel Foucault, and has been a post-graduate fellow at ICI Berlin – Institute for Cultural Inquiry (2016-2017). She wrote a Ph.D. dissertation on the role of theatre in the philosophy of Michel Foucault (2015, Université Paris-Est Créteil / Università degli Studi di Padova).

Main publications

Latest books: Les scènes de la vérité. Michel Foucault et le théâtre (Pessac: Le Bord de l’eau, 2017); Michel Foucault. Une pensée du corps (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 2014). Co-editor of Foucault(s) (Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne, 2017); Michel Foucault: éthique et vérité (1980-1984) (Paris: Vrin, 2013); Un demi-siècle d’Histoire de la folie (Paris: Kimé, 2013).

Teaching

  • Lecturer for the second year undergraduate elective course "Les politiques du genre" (1st semester).
  • Lecturer for the first year undergraduate course "Parcours de la violence" (1st/2nd semester, two groups).
  • Lecturer for the first year undergraduate course “L’expérience politique à l’épreuve de la violence” (1st/2nd semester).
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