Research Centers

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CDSP | CEE  | CERI | CEVIPOF | CHSP | CSO | Department of economics | Law School | médialab | OSC | OFCE


Sciences Po research units include over two hundred researchers who contribute to the production and dissemination of knowledge in Economics, History, Law, Political Science and Sociology. Seven units are associated with France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) as “joint research units” (UMR in French) and three units are recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education as “host teams” (EA in French).

In addition to these units, three major cross-cutting programmes – the LIEPP, DIME-SHS and MaxPo – were recently created.

The Center for Socio-Political Data - CDSP  (UMS 828)

The CDSP 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 (UMR 8239)

CEE’s projects combine basic and applied research, and focus on four main areas: a crosscutting approach to European studies; the inter-linkage 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 (UMR 7050)

The CERI 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  (UMR 7048)

CEVIPOF 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 Historÿ - CHSP (EA 113)

CHSP 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 Organizations - CSO (UMR 7116)

The CSO works at the intersection of the sociology of organizations, 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 Center for Studies in Social Change - OSC (UMR 7049)

The OSC is a broad-based, comparative research center in sociology. Researchers at the OSC investigate social dynamics in contemporary societies, particularly urban, school and gender inequalities, stratification and social mobility, and ethnoracial or social segregation.

The Department of Economics (UMR 8259)

Research in the Department of Economics 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 (EA 4461)

The Law School’s research focuses on globalization, 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 (EA 7033)

The médialab 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 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.

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