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.  Recognised internationally, their work covers a wide range of topics including education, democracies, urban development, globalisation 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. 

In the 2021 QS World University Rankings by subject, Sciences Po has reached the 2nd rank in the world in Political Science, positioned behind Harvard University. Sciences Po is for the first time the best university of Europe in this discipline, in front of the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Studies (LSE). Read more.

The World in the Face of COVID-19: Research Analysis and Surveys

The contribution of social sciences is more than ever essential for citizens, communities and leaders facing the crisis caused by Covid-19. The issues it touches upon - economic, social and health policy, organisation of public authorities and companies, trust in governmental bodies, inequalities, globalisation ... - are familiar to the academic community of Sciences Po. Through their analyses and new research projects, our researchers are responding today to the fundamental need to grasp the political, economic and social impacts of this pandemic in the short and long term.

Covid-19 From A Social Science Perspective
by Guillaume Plantin, Sciences Po Vice President for Research
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