Research at Sciences Po

Sciences Po is an institution of higher education and research in the humanities and social sciences.  Its work in law, economics, history, political science and sociology is pursued through eleven research units and several crosscutting programmes.

Its research community includes over two hundred thirty members and three hundred fifty PhD candidates.  Recognized internationally, their work covers a wide range of topics including education, democracies, urban development, globalization and public health.  

One of Sciences Po’s key objectives is to make a significant contribution to methodological, epistemological and theoretical advances in the humanities and social sciences.  Sciences Po’s mission is also to share the results of its research with the international research community, students, and more broadly, society as a whole. 

Over the past six years, the QS World University Rankings have confirmed Sciences Po’s place amongst leading universities in the social sciences. Sciences Po is 3rd in the world in Politics and International Relations, 28th in the Sociology. More

The interdisciplinary wind tunnel

The "interdisciplinary wind tunnel" gathers the particularly innovative and exploratory multi- and inter-disciplinary initiatives of the Sciences Po permanent faculty .
Supported by the Research division, these initiatives allow researchers who have followed scientific trajectories away from each other to exchange and compare their work and methods on a given subject in order to mutually enrich their approaches.
These "high-risk" initiatives give rise to exciting exchanges, sometimes leading to unprecedented collaborations.
They are currently five in number. They are devoted to major social and/or scientific issues such as digital transition, environment, finance and society, law and economics, methods and data analysis.


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