Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
Research at Sciences Po
Research at Sciences Po has long been characterized by its multidisciplinary approach and its commitment to addressing new social challenges. It is now also endowed with powerful digital tools that are transforming approaches, methods and the production of knowledge in the social sciences. Sciences Po’s permanent faculty of 230 professors and researchers is organized in accordance with international standards into research centers, departments and cross-disciplinary programs. The coherence of these entities, linked to the Doctoral School with its 350 doctoral students, and their close ties to the French National Center for Scientiﬁc Research (CNRS) powerfully attest to Sciences Po’s commitment to research. Sciences Po is particularly attentive to the potential usefulness of its research for society and believes in the essential complementarity between basic and applied research. Indeed, the more fundamental the research, the greater its potential application; and the more it is focused on practical uses, the more it must pose fundamental questions. Research at Sciences Po is not the exclusive preserve of a small group of initiates. Its mission is to nourish the university’s teaching programs and, more broadly, through its publications, to contribute to the enrichment of the study of the social sciences. Its mission is also to create bridges between scientiﬁc analysis and operational expertise, to weave tight connections between ﬁelds of research and spaces of decision-making. To this end, its research is widely circulated—including in the mass media—with the aim of spreading information based solidly on in-depth knowledge of the facts and issues and of enriching public debate. Sciences Po has made considerable investments in the development of basic research, which has borne fruit in terms of its reputation for excellence. Indeed, twelve members of the Sciences Po faculty have had their projects awarded funding by the highly selective European Research Council (ERC). In addition, two Sciences Po projects have been selected by the international committees of the French National Research Agency (ANR), through the highly competitive funding program called “Investments for the Future,” launched by the French government in 2010 to select “Facilities of Excellence” (Equipex) and “Laboratories of Excellence” (Labex). This reputation is futher conﬁrmed by the number and quality of academics from all over the world who apply for positions at Sciences Po. Research is a major strategic priority for Sciences Po and its resources and governance structures are being continually strengthened to enable the institution to meet its research objectives.