Research at Sciences Po in 2018

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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
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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
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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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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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Cambridge and Sciences Po strengthen ties

in the fields of research and teaching
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The two universities consolidate their partnership at a time when collaboration across the channel is more crucial than ever.

On 24 November, Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po, and Eilís Ferran, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations of the University of Cambridge, signed an agreement to strengthen the universities’ long-standing partnership.

The cooperation framework aims to develop research links in disciplines such as politics, history and public policy, with a strong expectation that the collaboration will develop to include other areas of mutual interest. The signing ceremony held at Sciences Po in Paris on Friday marked the beginning of the initial three-year term of the agreement.

"Collaboration between academic institutions is more crucial than ever before"

Both parties have committed to providing matched funds to finance academic workshops and symposia, travel grants, short-term research visits and visiting professorships at both Sciences Po and Cambridge. Other bilateral activities specified in the agreement include encouraging student mobility and establishing teaching fellowships for Cambridge PhD students at Sciences Po campuses in Reims, Menton and Le Havre, where lectures are given in English.

“This Memorandum of Agreement builds on strong existing relationships between our two world-leading universities,” said Professor Ferran after the signing. “It offers us a formal mechanism to strengthen our partnership at a time when collaboration between academic institutions is more crucial than ever before.”

One of the first joint actions to arise from this new agreement between Cambridge and Sciences Po is a public conference on “The Future of Europe” to be held in Paris in 2018, led by European studies specialists from both institutions.

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Patrick Le Galès has received

the Regional Studies Association Best Paper Award
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Patrick Le Galès, CNRS Research Professor  at the Centre d’études européennes and Dean of Sciences Po Urban School, has received the 2017, Regional Studies Association Best Paper Award for the journal Territory, Politics, Governance  for his paper  "Neoliberalism and Urban Change: Stretching a Good Idea Too Far?" published in Territory, Politics, Governance, Volume 4, 2016 - Issue 2: The Neoliberal City: Theory, Evidence, Debates

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Cogito 3

Are metropolises governable?
The Research Letter, to be red absolutely!
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This third issue of Cogito opens with a feature on the fundamental challenges that metropolises are facing around the world with regard to the environment, housing, diversity, security, new technologies, etc. Be they are chronic or recent these issues are at the heart of changing power relations. They are explored in many innovative analyses by Sciences Po researchers that are presented here.   This issue also delves into the latest publications and research projects, and introduces promising recent PhD graduates.


In Folio: Recent Publications

Kick-off: new contracts

Rising stars: PhD students & young researchers

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Nine researchers and professors

have joined Sciences Po
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Since last fall, Sciences Po’s permanent faculty has welcomed nine new professors and researchers who cover a wide range of disciplines and topics. Their research will enrich our inquiries, knowledge and teaching. Learn more about Jean d’Aspremont, Ghazala Azmat, Anne-Laure Beaussier, Jean-Philippe Cointet, Eberhard Kienle, Stéphanie Latte Abdallah, Annabelle Lever, Laura Morales and Matthias Thiemann.

In Law

Jean d’Aspremont

Jean d’Aspremont

University professor Jean d’Aspremont has joined the Law School. He holds a doctorate in law from the University of Louvain, has taught at the University of Amsterdam and has acted as counsel in proceedings before the International Court of Justice. He also founded the Manchester International Law Centre, where he held the chair in public international law. Both his theoretical and empirical research focuses on the analysis of this area of law, especially issues related to international organizations, international law, State responsibility, the foundations of law and methodology.

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In Economics

Ghazala Azmat

Ghazala Azmat

University professor Ghazala Azmat has joined Sciences Po’s Department of Economics and Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP). Ghazala Azmat holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and has taught at Pompeu Fabra University and Queen Mary University.
As a researcher associated with the Centre for Economic Performance (LSE) and affiliated with the prestigious CEPR, she is an expert on applied and empirical microeconomics. He research especially focuses on issues related to competition, economic incentives, organizational structures, labor economics, education and public economics.

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In History

Stéphanie Latte Abdallah

Stéphanie Latte Abdallah

The historian and political scientist Stéphanie Latte Abdallah, a CNRS research fellow, has joined Sciences Po’s Centre for International Research (CERI). She is an Arabist who previously worked at the French Institute for the Near East, where she focused on the Palestinian Territories. After studying the history of Palestinian refugees, especially women in the camps, she pursued research on gender and feminism in Arab societies, including Islamic feminism. More recently she has explored the issue of borders in Israeli-Palestinian areas, the Israeli-Palestinian prison environment and citizen and alternative mobilizations.

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In computer science

Jean-Philippe CointetJean-Philippe Cointet

Jean-Philippe Cointet has joined the médialab as Associate Professor. He is a graduate of the École Polytechnique et des Eaux et Forêts. He completed his PhD at the Complex Systems Institute and started his career at INRA, where he developed textual analysis methods for the social sciences. Some of his research was pursued in partnership with Columbia University’s INCITE center. Because of their methodological nature, his research questions lead him to explore various empirical fields, including the press, scientific communities, social networks, online comments and political discourse

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In political science

Anne-Laure BeaussierAnne-Laure Beaussier

CNRS research fellow Anne-Laure Beaussier has joined Sciences Po’s Centre for the Sociology of Organizations (CSO). Anne-Laure Beaussier holds a PhD from the University of Montpellier and has pursued research at King's College in London. She takes an international comparative approach and uses qualitative methodologies to study the regulation of risks in Europe and health policies in the United States and in Europe. She focuses on health insurance in the United States and access to care and the regulation of medical care quality in Europe.

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Eberhard KienleEberhard Kienle

CNRS research director Eberhard Kienle has joined Sciences Po’s Centre for International Research (CERI). After working in Europe (Berlin and London) and the Middle East (Cairo, Beirut), Eberhard Kienle became director of the French Institute of the Near East (IFPO). He studies the political and economic dimensions of Middle Eastern societies. His research on the transformation of political regimes and States in this region and on the upheavals it has experienced since the Arab spring has been influential. He engages broadly by contributing his expertise to public discussions.

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Annabelle LeverAnnabelle Lever

University professor Annabelle Lever has joined CEVIPOF after holding many positions abroad.
She is a political scientist and historian whose research lies at the intersection of contemporary political philosophy and ethics. Her research focuses on public policies, as well as issues related to privacy, gender equality, democracy and security, their understanding and their combination. Finally, she has developed in-depth reflection on voting ethics

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Laura MoralesLaura Morales

Political science professor Laura Morales has joined Sciences Po’s Centre for Europe Studies after pursuing research in Spain and in Great Britain. She studies political life, parties and public opinion from a comparative perspective. She also conducts research on immigration policies. As part of a project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) she is currently conducting research on governments’ response to modes of expression mobilized in democracies.

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Matthias ThiemannMatthias Thiemann

Matthias Thiemann has joined Sciences Po’s Centre for European Studies as Assistant Professor. He holds a PhD from Columbia University in New York and was a member of Goethe University in Frankfurt. His research focuses on regulation of the banking system and of financial markets, and particularly interactions between regulation, regulators and the regulated. His other major research area explores systemic risks, such as the landmark 2008 subprime crisis.

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Sciences Po in the world's top 50 for social sciences

in the 2018 Times Higher Education Rankings
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The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject places Sciences Po in 50th position worldwide for social sciences. Sciences Po ranks first among French universities in the subject.

This result attests to Sciences Po’s excellence in teaching and research in sociology, geography, political & international studies, and communication & media studies.

The ranking also emphasises Sciences Po’s highly internationalised student body. With 45 percent of its students coming from outside France, Sciences Po is the 11th most international university among all universities ranked in social sciences, and the most international French university.

Find out more about the 2018 Times Higher Education rankings by subject 

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