Project 2021 - 2026

The new contractual phase coincides with a substantial change in our scientific approach. It is largely the fruit of a success story: the realization of research programs in the humanities and social sciences in two areas of knowledge that we had envisaged as objects of experimentation and innovation: health and the environment. It is fully justified by the fact that it is in line with the site's scientific policy, which supports these two of the three avenues that are at the forefront of its strategy of excellence. Instead of three research lines and two innovative clusters, the laboratory's new organization has opted for three thematic clusters: CEPEL-Health; CEPEL-Environment; CEPEL-Political Territories, each of which is intended to be a lever for excellence in the laboratory's own research, as well as a tool for scientific partnerships on the Montpellier site and nationally and internationally. The laboratory's relatively modest size means that it must be flexible in its specializations and open up to the various levels of the scientific community. However, as we have already indicated, this modesty remains a definite handicap in terms of our future development. That's why we see this scientific project as an appeal to the renewed consideration of the two supervisory bodies in terms of recruitment, but also as a means of attracting new skills that are sensitive both to the chosen themes and to the good working and reception conditions that CEPEL has made a speciality of.An organization into three poles nevertheless always runs the risk of compartmentalization. The many exchanges that took place prior to the drafting of this project show a shared desire for dialogue between centers and the search for common challenges. On an individual level, this dialogue will be achieved by the fact that many researchers belong to a number of clusters. It will also take the form of a new orientation for the laboratory's annual seminar. The seminar, which has been relaunched and run by the group of doctoral students under the supervision of the laboratory director, aims to identify themes or issues common to all three divisions, and to promote the process through scientific publications. The seminar is not just a regular event. It is also a question of making it play a role in scientific development.

The philosophy behind CEPEL's new project is based on three principles: specialization, partnership and transversality. Specialization stems from the skills accumulated by the team and by those joining it today. It underpins the thematic clusters and their research lines. The partnerships (local, national and international) stem from these orientations and correspond to a unit of modest size, but at the crossroads of multiple academic, professional and civic relations. It also reflects the high degree of internationalization of our activities. Lastly, transversality is the result of three processes. The first is the participation of a majority of researchers in several research poles or lines. The second is the vocation of the three clusters to bring out common issues, beyond their specific themes. The third is the implementation of the laboratory seminar, reconfigured to bring together all colleagues around common issues. During our preparatory discussions for this project, we identified five issues that could form the basis of CEPEL's common science: territory, participation, interdisciplinarity, comparatism and innovation.

Scientific review 2014-2020

The themes of CEPEL's research project are a continuation of research already underway. Two major research questions had been identified: Transformation(s) of Democratic Governance and New Citizen Behaviors. The first was divided into three areas: Social and political actors; Sociology of the state and its elites; Production of public action norms. The second was structured along two axes: Nouveaux comportements politiques; Politisation autrement. The CEPEL project also aimed to consolidate its openness to international comparison, and to develop two new Thematic Poles: Sustainable Development and Public Health. These prefigured the path to be consolidated by CEPEL in the new contractual phase 2021-2025.

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