Free Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal

  •   Photo: Fariba Adelkhah Roland Marchal  Crédits Sciences Po / Droits réservés Photo: Fariba Adelkhah Roland Marchal Crédits Sciences Po / Droits réservés

17 October 2019 - The international press has just released the news that our colleague, Roland Marchal, Researcher at the CNRS and CERI Sciences Po, has been incarcerated in Iran since June 2019. 

For safety reasons, the French authorities had not revealed the news of his arrest and had asked us to maintain the utmost discretion.

The scandalous, appalling and arbitrary incarceration of Roland Marchal adds to that of Fariba Adelkhah.
Sciences Po is in continuous contact with the Crisis and Support Centre of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs who is keeping us informed of their well-being, on the progress of their legal proceedings and the actions being taken to build their defence.

With the help of the French authorities, the Sciences Po community is doing all that we can to provide assistance and support to our colleagues.

#FreeFariba #FreeRoland

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FAQ: What we know about Fariba Adelkhah’s detention in Iran

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Welcome to the 16 researchers who joined Sciences Po in 2018-2019

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This year, 16 permanent faculty members have joined Sciences Po. They are all characterised by a great diversity, be it through their Alma mater, their careers, disciplines or specialisations. Beyond the quality of their scientific activities, they have another thing in common: the desire to share the results of their research, first and foremost with our students.

Discover their profiles! 

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Ranking position of Sciences Po in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

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September 2019

Times Higher Education has just published its ranking of higher education institutions.

Of the 38 French institutions ranked - taking into account all the dimensions assessed, Sciences Po ranks 14th, one better place than in the 2019 ranking.
Sciences Po is also 14th in terms of research and 9th in terms of internationalisation of its students and its scientific community.

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Jeanne Hagenbach awarded an ERC Starting Grant

  • Jeanne HAGENBACH, chercheuse CNRS. Crédits : Caroline Maufroid / Sciences PoJeanne HAGENBACH, chercheuse CNRS. Crédits : Caroline Maufroid / Sciences Po

7 september 2019

The European Research Council (ERC) officially published the list of projects it has retained for its 2019 “Starting Grants” Call.

As a reminder, ERC grants aim to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence, “Starting Grants” being dedicated to early-career researchers with a scientific track record showing great promise.

The project “Motivated Reading of Evidence” submitted by Jeanne Hagenbach, CNRS Researcher and Professor at the Sciences Po Departement of Economics, is one of the 41 projects hosted by French Institutions which have been selected.

This success is added to an already impressive list of distinctions for Jeanne Hagenbach. In 2009 she was awarded two prizes for her doctoral dissertation «Communication stratégique et réseaux »: the Richelieu Thesis Prize of the Chancellerie des Universités de Paris and the Thesis Prize of the French Economic Association.  In 2012 the Fondation Banque de France awarded her the « Young Researcher in Economics Prize». Last, but not least, she was distinguished by the CNRS which awarded her the Bronze Medal in 2016.

Jeanne Hagenbach’s work within the field of microeconomics draws on game theory and experimental economics. Unabashedly theoretical, Professor Hagenbach’s research revolves around models of communication in game theory. Her objective is to understand in which strategic situations information held by economic agents is passed on the most effectively.

The project is perfectly aligned with this research: Jeanne Hagenbach wishes to study how individuals interpret hard information in ways that serve their own purposes. She seeks to identify the goals that nudge the reading of evidence in systematic ways. She also wants to study how agents manage to distort this reading, for example by choosing not to read or reason about available evidence.

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Cutting-edge and accessible research

Interview with Guillaume Plantin
  •   Guillaume Plantin, Directeur scientifique Crédits @Alexis Lecomte/Sciences Po Guillaume Plantin, Directeur scientifique Crédits @Alexis Lecomte/Sciences Po

Guillaume Plantin, the Vice President for research at Sciences Po and professor in the Department of economics, worked abroad for many years before joining Sciences Po. This experience was conducive to his understanding of research in a global context: global in terms of the issues to explore – environment, digital technology, populism – and global in terms of the global competition in which science is evolving. He believes that research at Sciences Po has a solid record and has demonstrated the necessary creativity to meet these challenges – in its own way. He explains below.

What are the particularities of research at Sciences Po?

I would say that Sciences Po’s research has four key features. First, our research is dominated by political science. It’s a hallmark since this discipline was born within our walls in France, over a century ago. Law, economics, history, and sociology then gradually developed. This focus on a limited number of disciplines is a second feature. It is one of our strengths because it allows us to work collegially by adopting multidisciplinary approaches, i.e. when a “subject” is separately studied by several disciplines, and interdisciplinary research, i.e. when disciplines jointly approach a same subject. This is the third pillar. The fourth dimension, which is just as important, is our faculty’s involvement in public debate. Since its creation, Sciences Po has assigned itself the mission of using the products of its research to engage with society beyond academia. Finally, our research faithfully reflects Sciences Po’s pedagogical goal, for which it is also a resource.     

What are current areas of focus?

We are already tackling increasingly pressing issues: the environment, digital technology, territories, gender, populism, and economic and financial instabilities. We are now launching new interdisciplinary groups, like the one seeking to bring together law and economics to address common themes. There is much to do in this area. For example, what economic tools are used in the legal process and the development of its rulings? We also make our researchers communicate about their methods. It is necessary and conducive to new ideas and practices. The medialab is a major asset in this regard, and is unique in the French academic landscape. It has fostered the development of cutting-edge methods, such as ones to harvest and analyze big data. Many researchers use these new tools. The medialab and participating researchers from all backgrounds also created a working group on digital transitions. Finally, we will start exploring subjects that are usually confined to the so-called “hard” sciences. An example is biotechnology, which is raising ethical, political, and social questions that the social sciences must consider.

Aren’t there older and more persistent subjects like inequalities that are and will always be worth studying?

Of course, but these issues are evolving. Inequalities are a case in point: the transformation of economic, financial, and technological systems are deeply changing them. It behooves us to understand why, how, and the attendant social and political effects. We must also help imagine public policies and societal changes to stem inequalities deemed out of control in many countries. One of our laboratories – MaxPo, the product of an alliance with the prestigious Max Planck Institute – focuses on this. Another example is research pursued within the Laboratory for interdisciplinary study of public policies (the LIEPP). Its research addresses the longstanding need to measure the effectiveness of public policy. But by combining an interdisciplinary approach, scientific rigor, and a desire to make proposals understandable to a broad audience, it reinvents this type of study.

What challenges should the institution and its researchers address?

It is essential that we continue to pair disciplines and be open to society. This objective may seem self-evident but it is not easy to reach. We were able, in several years, to lift ourselves to the rank of a world-class research university, and we must now continue growing in an extremely competitive global environment. It is therefore key that our faculty members conduct advanced research in their disciplines and publish in the best international journals. Besides the pursuit of this classical academic excellence, we ask that they dialog with other disciplines and reach out to the general public. The vast majority of our researchers appreciates the need for this multi-pronged effort, and it is our duty to help them by allowing them, among other things, to manage their time, and by providing them with solid administrative support.    

What are the major institutional developments?

First, we are mindful of applying to ourselves our research findings on gender equality, for example. While much progress remains to be made, we are on the right path. Another challenge is to continue to internationalize. We have very satisfactorily succeeded in combining these objectives. Over the past years we have recruited many researchers from abroad who are studying key issues. The idea is to strengthen cooperation, like the Alliance program connecting us to Columbia, our joint PhDs, and our partnerships with universities located in countries that are crucibles of globalization, such as China and Brazil. Finally, we would like to emphasize our efforts to integrate foreign academics visiting Sciences Po. Over a hundred of them come every year. It is a wonderful means for us to open ourselves to other ways of thinking and to different perspectives on questions that affect all societies. Another objective is to not rest on our laurels. Hence, our faculty’s activities are regularly assessed internally and externally. There are obviously quantitative indicators, but we are especially committed to a qualitative analysis of the research and its long-term impact.

All this requires significant resources…

Indeed!  Sciences Po devotes around a third of its own resources to research. A significant part of this effort focuses on the next generation – our PhDs students – who must be able to pursue their research in the best conditions. We also secure public funding on the basis of highly competitive calls for proposals, especially those of the European Research Council, and of the National Agency for Research. Finally, we deploy private funding, without ever compromising out most precious good: academic independence and freedom.

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Research at Sciences Po in 2018

  • Annual report of research at Sciences Po 2018Annual report of research at Sciences Po 2018

2018 Report: Presenting a detailed picture of scientific activity at Sciences Po in 2018, this report focuses on the development of research on issues affecting our societies so more and more pressing: environment and digital.

It also presents numerous research projects funded by major organizations such as the European H2020 program or the French National Research Agency.

One can also follow the development of our publications, the permanent faculty and doctoral studies.

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New Cogito

New dossier!
  • Can digital technology reinvent democracy? Copyrights Sciences PoCan digital technology reinvent democracy? Copyrights Sciences Po

To shed light on an issue as complex, multidimensional and often discussed in a Manichean way, researchers and Sciences Po research engineers make us share the results of their investigations: facts, analysis … and new questions!


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Sciences Po, 3rd in “Politics and International Studies” in QS Rankings 2019

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Sciences Po improves once again its global position in "Politics and International Studies", moving up, after three successive years in 4th place, to 3rd position globally in the 2019 QS World Univeristy Rankings by subject, released on 27 February, 2019. Just behind Harvard University and the University of Oxford, Sciences Po is the first university of continental Europe and this discipline.

For the sixth year in a row, the QS rankings by subject, comparing over 1,200 universities, continue to illustrate that Sciences Po is at the heart of leading social science universities. This trend can also be observed in sociology; after being ranked 44th and then 37th in the past two years, Sciences Po has now leaped ahead to the 28th place. 

Further progress has also been made in the “Social Policy and Administration” subject, as Sciences Po jumped from 48th to 22nd place in the world rankings. 

In law, Sciences Po maintains its place within the 51st and 100th positions. Sciences Po also upholds its rank in economics and history, between the 101st and 150th positions.

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Discover the latest books

of our scientific community
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Questioning the Arab Revolutions in light of the “revolutionary moment"

by Jean-Pierre Filiu et Stéphane Lacroix
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Must read!

Cogito 5 and its special dossier dedicated to the environment
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We cannot wait until tomorrow to reduce our blows to the environment. Their effects are worsening by the day and have been doing so for too long. This is the crucial challenge addressed in the 5th issue of Cogito, devoted to the research and initiatives of a group of Sciences Po researchers thinking together about this question. This issue also presents research on economic and political democracy, public action, international trade, the political dimensions of the law, and the devastation in Yemen. You will also meet two recent PhD graduates awarded for their theses. Finally, you will learn how an innovative research project is formed.


Focus: Thinking together the environment

In Folio: Recent publications

Kick-off: new contracts

Rising stars: young researchers



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18 new academics

have joined Sciences Po's
Permanent Faculty
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That Sciences Po continues to be attractive as a global centre for research was proved this year with the arrival of 18 new academics. As well as contributing to the university’s network and research output, these new additions to the team will play a vital role in teaching, introducing their students to the latest developments in humanities and the social sciences. Find out more about their research interests and backgrounds, watching the slideshow (or downloading the pdf, 4.4Mo)

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In Memoriam James Gardner March

by Erhard Friedberg
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Read the researchers' analyzes

on the Sciences Po web
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EU studies at Sciences Po

by Florence Haegel at the occasion of the ECPR Standing Group on the European Union Conference
13-15 June, 2018
  • Florence Haegel, head of Sciences Po’s CEEFlorence Haegel, head of Sciences Po’s CEE

Interview of Florence Haegel, head of Sciences Po’s Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics which organises together with the Sciences Po's Laboratory for the Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies the 9th European Consortium for Political Research - The Standing Group on the European Union Conference (13-15 june 2018) dedicated to "Contradictions – Whither the Political, Economic and Social Integration of Europe?".

How would you assess the place of EU studies at Sciences Po?

The story begins in the late 1980s when a group of scholars including Yves Mény, who was at this time full professor at Sciences Po before joining the EUI, Vincent Wright and Jack Hayward launched this new research dynamic, and later Jean-Louis Quermonne. At the beginning EU research at Sciences Po focused on European public policies and contributed to the academic debate on Europeanisation. These pioneers had to struggle with a state-centred approach that ignored how the EU challenged the French state and more broadly social science paradigms. Things have changed. Nowadays, the five departments at Sciences Po (history, law, economics, sociology and political science) deal with EU issues. For EU studies at Sciences Po, the new challenge might now be to convince that Europe still matters as the institution did take a global turn. I think we have now a lot of evidence to support this claim!

Is there a specific approach to studying the EU at the CEE and Sciences Po?

The CEE was founded in 2005 as a horizontal programme to coordinate and strengthen EU research all over Sciences Po. Renaud Dehousse, its first director is a famous scholar, well-known for his work on EU institutions. Thanks to him the CEE became a genuine and solid research center with permanent academic staff as iof 2009. Our approach of the EU is based on inter-disciplinarity, comparison, and methodological pluralism. We consider that research on the EU implies studying the transformation of European political societies...

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A year of Research at Sciences Po

2017 Report
  • Research at Sciences Po 2017Research at Sciences Po 2017

What were the main research findings at Sciences Po in 2017? What projects, publications, and recruitments marked the year 2017? What happened in terms of knowledge dissemination, doctoral training, national and european fundings, and open access?

The third edition of “Research at Sciences Po” emphasizes the growing internationalization of the academic community, the publications, the research projects and the institutional partners.

This report also highlits the most recent contributions on such burning questions as the state transformations in Europe, the « transnationalism », the borders and the migrations, the reception of disability policies, the cities and the digital technology, the public actions taken in favour of environmental information for products.

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We wish you good reading !

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Tribute to Pierre Hassner

  • Pierre Hassner, directeur de recherche emerite au CERIPierre Hassner, directeur de recherche emerite au CERI
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Cogito n°4 - Focus on education and inequalities

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Discover the fourth issue and its feature story on new research on education and inequalities.
A variety of topics is also explored: the evolution of the production designer’s trade; what the rich think of the poor; how the market for generic medicines formed; the new orientations of economic science, etc., as well as profiles of two recent PhD graduates awarded for their theses and an odd data relative to the French democracy.


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Patrick Le Galès awarded the prestigious CNRS silver medal

  • Patrick Le Galès, directeur de recherche CNRS au CEEPatrick Le Galès, directeur de recherche CNRS au CEE

Patrick Le Galès, CNRS research director at Sciences Po’s Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE), dean of the Urban School and Fellow at the British Academy, has just received the prestigious CNRS silver medal. The distinction recognizes the quality of his research in political science and sociology, as well as his participation in the creation of the CEE, a leading laboratory for the social sciences in Europe, and the creation of Sciences Po’s Urban School three years ago.   

From Brittany to Sciences Po and beyond

Patrick Le Galès left Saint-Brieuc to pursue his studies at Sciences Po with Henri Mendras, whom he joined at Nanterre for his thesis in sociology with Odile Benoit-Guilbot. He was then admitted to the prestigious Nuffield College at Oxford, where he obtained a Master of Letters (MLitt) in political science comparing British centralization and French decentralization. His thesis advisor, the brilliant and non-conformist Vincent Wright, was then one of the first comparative European researchers in public policies and political economy. He became both a friend and mentor. Patrick Le Galès was recruited by the CNRS at Sciences Po Rennes in 1992. He joined Sciences Po and CEVIPOF in 1998, and helped create Sciences Po’s Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE) in 2008. His comparative work draws on research visits to the European Institute in Florence, King’s College (where he taught for three years), UCLA, Northwestern, Helsinki, the Max Planck Institute in Cologne, the Colejio of Mexico, the University of Sao Paolo and Oxford, his second home, as well as constant exchanges with leading French research centers, especially regional ones.

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Sciences Po in 4th place

in Politics and International Studies
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Over the past five years, the QS World University Rankings have confirmed Sciences Po’s place amongst leading universities in the social sciences

This year, for the third year in a row, Sciences Po is 4th in the world in the “Politics and International Relations” subject category, just behind Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton. Among the one thousand world-leading universities in this category, Sciences Po is the first of continental Europe.

In sociology, Sciences Po’s upward progression is reaffirmed with a ranking that has improved year after year: since coming in 50th and then in 44th position the past two years, we are now 37th this year.
In history and in law, Sciences Po maintains its position within the 51st and 100th positions. Sciences Po also upholds its rank in economics, between the 100 and 150th positions.

At the national level Sciences Po affirms its position : 1st in Political Science & International Relations as well as in Sociology, 2nd in Law and History and 3rd in Economics.

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International Partnerships

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Partnerships with international leading institutions take an ever more important role in the strengthening of research at Sciences Po. They enable scientific cooperation and mobility between teachers/researchers and PhD students of the partner institutions.
Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics, Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Columbia, the Max Planck for the study of societies de Cologne are among our main partners.

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On-going calls

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The RICardo Project

Trade between Nations from c. 1800 to 1938, a historical trade database
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RICardo (Research on International Commerce) is a project dedicated to trade between nations over a period spanning the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the eve of the Second World War.
It combines a historical trade database covering all of the world’s countries and a website which invites to an exploration of the history of international trade through data visualizations.

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3 Doctors Honoris Causa

to listen absolutely!
  • Jane Mansbridge, Ibrahima Thioub, Daphne Barak-ErezJane Mansbridge, Ibrahima Thioub, Daphne Barak-Erez

On September 13, 2017, Sciences Po awarded Doctor Honoris Causa to Daphne Barak-Erez, Jane Mansbridge and Ibrahima Thioub. Three outstanding personalities whose work have greatly marked contemporary thinking and distinguished themselves through their commitment to the fight for a fairer, enlightened and, peaceful society.

Watch this captivating ceremony

Introduction by Olivier Duhamel, President of the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques and by Frédéric Mion, director of Sciences Po


Address of Daphne Barak-Erez, Professor at the Law Faculty of Tel-Aviv University and member of the Supreme Court of Israel, in response to the praise pronounced by Christophe Jamin, director of the Sciences Po Law School.  (English starts at 1'18)



Address of Jane Mansbridge, Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values at Harvard Kennedy School in response to the praise pronounced by Annabel Lever, Professor at Sciences Po and researcher at the Sciences Po Center for Political Research (CEVIPOF)



Address of Ibrahima Thioub, Professor at Cheikh Anta Diop University (Dakar, UCAD), Rector of UCAD, in response to the praise pronouced by Jakob Vogel, Professor at Sciences Po, and researcher at the Sciences Po Center for History. (in French)

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Islamic Networks between South Asia and the Gulf

  • Mosque Jamek, by Mohd Hafiz Noor ShamsMosque Jamek, by Mohd Hafiz Noor Shams

Over the last fifty years, pan-Islamic ties have intensified between South Asia and the Gulf. Gathering together some of the best specialists on the subject, Laurence Louër and Christophe Jaffrelot  (CERI) explore these ideological, educational and spiritual networks in a book entitled Pan Islamic Connections. Transnational Networks between South Asia and the Gulf (Hurst & Co, December 2017). Interview by Miriam Périe

Despite a traditional geographical division establishing a clear cut between the Persian Gulf countries (associated with the Middle East) and the Indian sub-continent (perceived as Asian), these two regions of the globe have been maintaining commercial and cultural links for centuries, that have notably translated into massive migration. In the religious field, which we shall explore through this work, these connections have taken the form of pilgrimage routes that have not only conducted Muslims from South Asia to Mecca, but also to Karbala, Qom and Najaf, for the Shiites. In parallel, religious education networks have developed to form clerics but more generally the religious spirits. Since the 1980s (the period this volume focuses on) these exchanges and interactions have paired up with the intensification of Islamic connections within the framework of the Afghan war and the emergence of transnational networks like al-Qaida.

What are the main historical dynamics that have triggered and are at the heart of the religious connection between the Gulf monarchies, Iran, India and Pakistan?

The transnational dynamic existing between the Gulf countries and South Asia is first and foremost overdetermined, in religious terms, by the rivalry opposing Iran and Saudi Arabia. This rivalry naturally includes the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites, called “sectarianism” in the region. Large South Asian countries—Pakistan, in particular—are for the most part Sunni yet they also have a strong Shiite minority that Iran has tried to use to export its revolution in 1979 and later in the 1980s. Saudis have immediately acted to counter the Iranian influence by supporting activist Sunni groups and by funding madrassas (Qur’anic schools). Some states, Pakistan for instance, have welcomed this Saudi presence, while avoiding to cause an escalation of the sectarian conflict.

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