The Permanent Faculty Is Enriched With Six New Members. Discover Their Profiles

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This year, the same number of women and men are joining the permanent faculty. It’s a first. Although they are less numerous than the years before - a long term effect of the pandemic - their profiles are a tribute to the diversity and quality of our hiring policy. They come from Brazil, Sweden, Austria, Spain or France, to bring their own spin on our research and teaching about major challenges such as the environment, inequalities, conflicts, campaign promises and the behaviour of economic actors.Discover their bios!

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Times Higher Education Ranking: Sciences Po places 39th in the world for the social sciences

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Times Higher Education Ranking: Sciences Po places 39th in the world for the social sciences
Sciences Po has risen 11 rungs this year in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking for the social sciences. This improved performance was made possible by its cutting-edge research and international outlook.

Times Higher Education (THE), whose world ranking is one of the most highly regarded in the sector, has just published its university statistics by subject. This year, Sciences Po has climbed into the top 40 social science universities worldwide. Placing 39th in the world, the university has risen 11 places compared to last year’s results. In the space of two years, Science Po has risen 29 places in the ranking. This improvement is linked to its research activities and the increasing internationalisation of the university.

Sciences Po has made particular progress in research (+8 points) and teaching (+4 points). Meanwhile, the university retains its strong position with regards to “Citations”, a criterion that determines the influence of a university’s research worldwide. This is Sciences Po’s greatest strength in the ranking. It also continues to score highly in the “International outlook” performance indicator, which assesses the institution’s attractiveness among students and academics.

THE now places Sciences Po higher than Southern California University, California, San Diego University, King’s College London and McGill University.

Sciences Po has also risen from second to first in France in the THE World Rankings by country. That put it above Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL), the collegiate university that brings together some of the leading French institutions in the social sciences (École normale supérieure, Ecole pratique des hautes études and Université Paris Dauphine).

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Breaking the Boundaries of Knowledge
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Academic Freedom Week - September 14th-16th, 2022

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All around the world, there are efforts to curtail the freedom to teach, study and conduct research. The threat may come from political and economic authorities, from the evolution of public opinion or from stakeholders within universities themselves.
As we continue to champion the cause of our colleague Fariba Adelkhah, from 14 to 16 September, Sciences Po will be hosting a week dedicated to examining all aspects of academic freedom. A series of round table discussions will bring together students, researchers, academics and university presidents to explore a variety of perspectives on the issue.


14 septembre - Les atteintes à la liberté de recherche et d'enseignement en contexte autoritaire

17h -19h30

Cette table ronde réunira des acteurs et des témoins qui évoqueront les atteintes à la liberté d'enseignement et de recherche dans différents pays aux pratiques autoritaires (Russie, Iran, Chine, Brésil...).

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15 septembre - La liberté académique en France et dans les démocraties libérales : nouveaux enjeux, nouveaux défis


Parce que la liberté académique se retrouve aujourd’hui au cœur de nombreuses polémiques, cette table ronde vise avant tout à lever les malentendus et confusions qui obscurcissent le débat. La liberté académique n’est pas la liberté d’expression, chacune a ses propres justifications et ses propres régulations, non sans frictions toujours possibles. Qu’est-ce alors qu’un bon modèle de confrontation des idées sur un campus universitaire ? Comment garantit-on l’indispensable exercice du libre débat sans soustraire les campus à la nécessaire prévention des discours de haine ?

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September, 15th -  Measuring and Advocating for the Academic Freedom Index

5-8 p.m

As part of the Academic Freedom Week, this seminar covers;the topic of the Academic Freedom Index/AFI.

The two main objectives of this seminar are to present the current Academic Freedom Index (AFI) measurement initiatives by explaining the methodology used, the different criteria of its definition, the advantages and disadvantages of this index and to reflect on the concrete uses of the index, its advertisement in particular by universities themselves and the real impact that it could have on the fight for academic freedom.

In the third part introduced by Provost Sergei Guriev, recommendations will be made to Sciences Po on how to make use of the AFI.

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September, 16th - Academic Freedom: what do our university communities owe society ?

2.45 - 4 p.m

Michael Ignatieff, Writer, historian, professor and former politician
Sergei Guriev, Provost and Professor at the Department of Economics (Sciences Po)
Silvia Giorguli, Sociologist and President (El Colegio de México)
Zeblon Vilakazi, Vice Chancellor and Principal (University of the Witwatersrand)
Moderator: Vanessa Scherrer, Vice President for International Affairs at Sciences Po

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Sergei GURIEV appointed to the Institut universitaire de France

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Each year, the Institut universitaire de France (IUF) selects new members in the framework of a very selective application campaign. The vocation of the IUR is to promote the development of high-level research in universities and to strengthen interdisciplinarity,

Becoming a laureate requires demonstrating innovative and promising research, but also creativity, leadership and the ability to share the results of one's work with as many people as possible.

Appointed for five years, Sergei Guriev, Full Professor at the Department of Econonomics, Scientific Director of Sciences Po's Master's and PhD programmes in economics, is laureate of the chair for fundamental research and joins the fifteen members of the IUF belonging to our permanent factulty.

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U-Multirank 2022: Sciences Po stands out for its international dimension and its research

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Created in 2014 by the European Commission to compare universities by taking into account a variety of criteria, U Multirank 2022 evaluated more than 2200 universities in nearly 100 countries. In this sense, it constitutes a public alternative to the major world rankings established by private bodies.

U-Multirank-Sciences Po - 2022Unlike the latter, U-Multirank is interested in the performance of universities in the variety of their missions: research but also teaching, international openness, knowledge transfer, regional commitment. U-Multirank classifies institutions into five performance levels from A to E for each of the indicators assessed (A expressing "very good" performance and E "poor" performance).

This year, Sciences Po is ranked in group A in several of the areas assessed. The quality of its research is distinguished by the number of citations of the scientific articles of its researchers in the academic literature . U-Multirank also places Sciences Po in the best institution category for its international openness thanks to the internationalization of its permanent faculty and student mobility. U-Multirank  also highlights the importance of our  investments in digital education.


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The research cooperation agreement between Oxford and Sciences Po extends for another four years

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May 2022

Sciences Po is pleased to announce the extension of its scientific cooperation with the University of Oxford within the framework of the OxPo network (Oxford-Sciences Po Network) for four additional years, until 2026.

Developed since 2010, this programme organises scientific cooperation between Sciences Po and several departments of the University of Oxford -  Politics and International Relations, Social Policy and Intervention, Sociology - as well as with the Oxford Center for European History (OCEH).

Since its launch, OxPo has given the opportunity of carrying out research stays to nearly 60 researchers and more than 80 doctoral and post-doctoral students on both sides of the Channel. These stays have in particular enabled young researchers to considerably strengthen their scientific potential, as evidenced by their impressive academic careers.

OxPo has also allowed for the organisation of numerous high level conferences and the conduct of relevant joint research projects on major topics such as immigration, democracy and Europe, most often from a comparative perspective.

Long live OxPo!

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Clément de CHAISEMARTIN nominated "Meilleur jeune économiste"

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Inspired by the American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark Medal, Le Monde, French daily, and the Cercle des économistes, created the prize in 2000, with a twofold objective: to highlight the work of France’s best young economists (under 41) who have contributed significantly to economic thought and knowledge and to make better known the multiple facets of economic science.

Clément de CHAISEMARTIN is one of three economists, in addition to the laureate, selected by the jury for their work related to applied economics and promoting public debate.

Specialized in economics of education and health economics, and more generally in the field of public policy evaluation, Clément de Chaisemartin is an internationally renowned econometrician. He was nominated for his research which develops new, more robust and transparent public policy evaluation tools, notably natural (or randomized) experiments first pioneered by 2021 Nobel Laureate David Card. Using a comparison between two places, one implementing a policy, e.g. an increase in the minimum wage, while the other does not, fixed effects regression then makes it possible to measure the effect of the policy.

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Fariba Adelkhah, three years already...

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By Alain Dieckhoff, Director of CERI

This year again, and for the third year, we will mark the sad anniversary of the arrest of our colleague at CERI Fariba Adelkhah, director of research at Sciences Po. On 5 June 2019, Fariba was arrested in Iran, along with Roland Marchal, a CNRS researcher at CERI. Roland was finally released on 20 March 2020, after long diplomatic negotiations and almost nine and a half months of detention. Unfortunately, Fariba remains in detention against her will. Her fate was even further aggravated in 2022, as she was re-incarcerated in Evin Prison in January after having been under house arrest. This re-incarceration was decided under the pretence that she had failed to comply with the terms of her judicial supervision.

As the Support Committee has consistently pointed out, the reality is that Fariba Adelkhah’s five-year sentence, imprisonment, house arrest and arrest itself have never had any grounds whatsoever and constitute iniquitous and unlawful acts. For three years now, Fariba has been subjected to an appalling fate which the academic community at Sciences Po, but also elsewhere in France and abroad, will continue to oppose with tenacity.



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CIVICA Excellence Tour

Governance for transformative change: Lessons from the EU’s sustainability transition
23 May 2022
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Tribute to Jean-Paul Fitoussi

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QS 2022: Sciences Po ranked 3rd best university in the world in "Politics & International Studies"

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April 6th, 2022

QS 2022 : For nearly 10 years, QS World University Rankings, which compares more than 1,500 universities worldwide, has consistently confirmed Sciences Po as one of the best higher education and research institutions in the social sciences.

This year, Sciences Po is ranked 3rd in "Politics & International Studies" ahead of the London School of Economics and Political Studies and Princeton University. At the European Union level, Sciences Po is ranked first in this subject.

Worldwide, Sciences Po is ranked 20th in Social Policy and Administration; 31st in Sociology; 34th in Development Studies; 51st in Law; 82nd in Economics & Econometrics

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To Read: the Latest Cogito Issue

History of States, Solidarity, Environment, Gender, Trade, Media, Corruption...
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8 new research projects launched in the framework of the partnership between Sciences Po and the McCourt Institute

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In the framework of the partnership between Sciences Po and the McCourt Institute established in June 2021 and devoted to the study, decryption and clarification of the major issues of the common good that are played out around new technologies, eight research projects have been selected by the Steering Committee :

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Fariba Adelkhah imprisoned again

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January 12th  2022

It is with great shock and indignation that we have been informed that Fariba Adelkhah, research director at CERI Sciences Po and winner of the Irène Joliot Curie Woman Scientist of the Year Award in 2020, has been re-imprisoned in the prison of Evin. She was arrested in Tehran on 5 June 2019, sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on trumped-up charges and without any proper trial, and has been under house arrest since October 2020.

The Iranian government is cynically using our colleague for external or internal purposes that remain opaque, and that have nothing to do with her activities. Fariba Adelkhah is a rigorous and independent researcher, and has consequently been a scientific prisoner for over two and a half years.

As the Covid pandemic continues in full swing, the Iranian government is deliberately endangering Fariba Adelkhah’s health and even her life. The death in custody of poet and filmmaker Baktash Abtin last Saturday is evidence of the government's inability or unwillingness to guarantee the safety of its detainees.

We call on the French authorities, the elected representatives of the French Republic, and beyond that the governments and elected representatives of Europe to act to obtain the immediate and unconditional release of their nationals arbitrarily detained by Iran.

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Human and social sciences at the bedside of health?

The Latest Cogito Issue
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Sciences Po and the Center for Economic and Policy Research sign a partnership agreement

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On 1 October, Sciences Po signed a partnership agreement with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), under the aegis of France’s Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. Read our interview with Beatrice Weder di Mauro, the centre’s president, and Philippe Martin, a professor within the Department of Economics at Sciences Po and the Centre’s vice-president.

What is the Centre for Economic Policy Research?

Beatrice Weder di Mauro: Today, the CEPR consists of a network of over 1,600 economists based all around the world but focusing on Europe. It has continually developed the objectives it set itself when it was founded nearly thirty years ago. The first of these is to organise discussions between economists, for the most part working in academia, in order to provide an opportunity for them to meet, share ideas, discuss the findings of their research and critique one another as well. That is how science advances. All branches of economic research are represented within the centre: industrial organization, macroeconomics, economic history, international commerce, etc.

We also want to further develop our interactions beyond the academic sphere and to play a still more active role in European economic debates, particularly in addressing those making public policy decisions. The aim is to exploit core research and formulate proposals. We also seek to reach out to as many people as possible through publications that are accessible to the general public. This is what we do via the media platform VoxEu, which shares articles, videos and podcasts.

What was the basis for the partnership with Sciences Po?

Beatrice Weder di Mauro: One of them is circumstantial. Until now, the CEPR was based in London. However, it is an organisation with a strong European identity and, with Brexit, we felt the need to set ourselves up on the continent. Given the phenomenal part the European Union plays in our economies, a network such as our own cannot afford to be distanced from it. Another advantage is the ability this partnership will give us to strengthen our relations with a huge number of academic institutions, as well as central banks, ministries and actors in the private sector.

Why Sciences Po?

Philippe Martin: The aims of the CEPR and the Department of Economics at Sciences Po are closely aligned: academic excellence and a strong interest in public policy issues. Furthermore, Sciences Po’s reputation has been an asset in negotiating with those partners who made the development plans and the relocation to Paris possible. Put more simply, it is also because we know each other well! Two thirds of professors in the Department of Economics are affiliated to the CEPR. From a research perspective, the centre’s move to Paris is especially beneficial for the more junior researchers and PhD candidates; not only those at Sciences Po, moreover. The development of the CEPR’s activities will have a positive impact on all research in Europe.

Beatrice Weder di Mauro: I completely agree with everything Philippe has said. Philippe has acted as vice-president of the CEPR for over a year now and has proved particularly proactive in that capacity. I would just like to underline that each of us retains total independence, both academically and financially.

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Twenty-three researchers joined us this year

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Providing training in the social sciences, conducting and transferring high-level research, and participating in social debates are the missions to which our permanent faculty is dedicated. The twenty-three academics who are joining us this year are fully committed to these missions. Through their complementary and innovative approaches, they offer fresh perspectives in their questioning of key social challenges. Learn more about them here!

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THE : Sciences Po in 50th Place Worldwide for Social Sciences

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The Times Higher Education (THE), which each year draws up world university rankings that have a strong following in the sector, has just published its rankings by subject. This year, Sciences Po is ranked 50th in the world in social sciences, which is 18 places higher than last year.
Sciences Po has progressed in all the areas monitored by this ranking and in particular on the "citations" indicator, which measures the influence of research at the global level (+9 points), as well as the "international profile" indicator (+6.5 points), which measures the attractiveness of the institution for both students and academics.

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The international reputation of our research confirmed by U-Multirank 2021

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Developed since 2014 at the instigation of the European Commission, the international U-Multirank ranking examines the performance of nearly 2,000 higher education institutions around the world.

Once again this year, Sciences Po is among the top 25 institutions, in particular because of its international dimension in terms of the mobility of its students and its research.

The international nature of our research is demonstrated by the number of doctorates awarded to international students, the proportion of foreign researchers in our academic community and the importance of scientific co-publications with international academics.

Our research is also distinguished by the high impact of its work. It obtains the highest grade (A) in terms of citations of its scientific publications and its involvement in the mainstream media. This is proof, if any were needed, that Sciences Po cultivates the link between intellectual standards and involvement in public debate.

Finally, our academic community is characterised by the presence of many young researchers (post-docs).

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Times Higher Education 2022: Progress in Research

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In the world university ranking drawn up by Times International Education, released on 2 September, Sciences Po strengthened its position.

On a national level, Sciences Po is ranked 16th this year, up five places from last year.

This improvement is due in particular to the strengthening of our international position (% of foreign students, international staff and partnerships) thanks to an indicator that has risen from 78.4 to 83.7. On this point, Sciences Po is ranked 6th nationally.

A second indicator reflecting the contribution of our research to science (citations of our productions in scientific publications) has also improved significantly, rising from 46 to 57.3.

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