The Observatoire Sociologique du Changement (OSC) is a joint Sciences Po / CNRS research center.
Part of Sciences Po's Sociology Department, OSC is devoted to research that covers the multidimensionality of social inequality in contemporary societies. OSC’s research program seeks to describe patterns and trends of inequality, analyze their mechanisms and inform and contribute to policy analysis in a world where inequality has become a major threat.
The center has a strong tradition of comparative sociology highlighting the role of welfare state policies, institutional mechanisms and national narratives related to inequality.
Sciences Po-OSC is committed to theory-driven empirical research, drawing on a diversity of methods (qualitative, quantitative, experimental, etc.), adopting micro, meso and macro perspectives, and promoting interdisciplinary approaches for an integrated research on inequality in social sciences.
OSC faculty members are international experts in the study of different facets of inequality such as education, gender, family, life course, labor market and economic inequality, social mobility, urban segregation, migration, ethnoracial minorities, cultural inequality and digital inequality. The research agenda is also engaged in enhancing new perspectives in inequality studies such as environmental inequality and health inequality.
Head of the OSC is Mirna Safi, Associate Professor at Sciences Po, since January 1, 2019.