CEPEL is one of the three UM-CNRS laboratory of the University of Montpellier, the other two being «Dynamiques du Droit» (UMR 5815) and «CEE-M» (FRE 2010). It occupies a large part of building 3 of the Law and Political Science Faculty (located in the heart of the old town of Montpellier, rue de l’Arc des Mourgues) which was renovated in 2007. CEPEL’s mailing address is : UFR Droit et Science Politique – 39 rue de l’Université – 34060 Montpellier). CEPEL has been a member of the I-Site MUSE (Soigner – Nourrir – Protéger) since January the first, 2017 and a member of the MSH-SUD.

The unit has been part of the scientific field of political science since its inception through a link to Section 40 (Policy – Power – Organization) of the CNRS National Committee. CEPEL is also linked to Section 36 (Sociology and Law). Sociologists are located in the historic building of the Faculty of Medicine. Of the 16 research professors (7 BMs and 9 MCFs), 12 are related to section 04 (Political Science) of the CNU, 1 to section 19 (Sociology, Demography), 1 to section 20 (Ethnology), 1 to section 17 (Philosophy) and 1 to section 56.02 (epidemiology, prevention, health economics, legal odontology).

The Public Health sector has gradually been strengthened by spontaneous requests from hospital practitioners (1 HP in 2018, 1 HCUPM in 2019) to direct their scientific work towards the humanities and social sciences.

The evolution of CEPEL is in line with the scientific strategies of its trustees and is part, even before obtaining the I-SITE MUSE, coordinated by the University of Montpellier, in the topics specific to the Montpelliérain site while retaining its historical expertise in the field of public policies and comparatism.