Most of our faculty members are ‘enseignants-chercheurs’, dedicating part of their time to teaching and part to research. They bring the outcome of their research to students in their class, where students are also encouraged to grow their research skills and research experience.
Two CNRS centers host the research of most of our faculty members: CESDIP and PRINTEMPS. Thanks to the quality of their lecturers and programs, these laboratories are well equipped to further the research on political science topics for which they are renowned.
Under the tutelage of the CNRS, the Ministry of Justice, CY Cergy Paris University, and Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, the CESDIP plays a prominent position in French research on the sociology of security and deviance. The lab is interdisciplinary, with a team composed of sociologists, economists, political science specialists and historians. Its researchers contribute to numerous national and international research programs in the following four areas:
Under the tutelage of the CNRS and Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, the Printemps lab has earned an excellent international reputation for its work on the sociology of the professional world. Its research team concentrates on two complementary research study areas:
- The professional environment: topics relative to workplace and territories, work-related institutions and work-related engagement, as well as professional expertise
- Careers and career-related temporalities: temporalities of careers, life trajectories and socialization processes
Students and Research
Throughout their education, our students are trained to do research under the tutelage of faculty members, most of whom are published academics, up to date on the latest research in their field.
Research is intertwined with education. In their first year, undergraduate students are initiated to qualitative and quantitative methodologies in social science research, with the idea that these will be useful competences in their work life, whatever they choose to do. In their second year of studies, students participate in a field research from beginning to end and get to bring concepts to life.
Our Research Chair on Citizenship
In 2017, Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye set up a research chair dedicated to citizenship: ‘La Chaire Citoyenneté’.
This laboratory for collaborative innovation and scientific experimentation tests the validity of new services or mechanisms whose purposes are directly operational (e.g. institutional reform, implementation of novel public services,…).
Current topics of research, experimentation and evaluation include voter registration, voting in prison, vote and disabilities, citizenship at school and secular education in schools.