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Research teams


A hundred and twenty researchers and faculty members make up five teams, alongside 150 PhD students, focusing on major subjects . Collectively they form a research centre specializing in the social sciences, very much in the plural. The challenge shared by all members of Pacte is to build common languages and horizontal knowledge of society, and its political, territorial, sociological and ecological dimensions, drawing on scientific encounters. The centre’s key asset is its day-to-day interdisciplinary practice, comparing methods and confronting epistemologies, while working on common ground. Exchanges between teams concern relations between actors, from large international bodies to more local entities , but also territorial deployment, urban and rural, with allowance for the environmental interactions such processes entail.


Our team is an original experiment, bringing together social-science researchers to work on environmental issues. It has 46 members – 18 permanent, 22 doctoral students, six research associates – representing a variety of backgrounds

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The common goal of the researchers and faculty members in our team is to cast light on what has been labelled as the ‘democratic response’, namely the interaction between government and the governed.

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Social Justice

The Social Justice team studies phenomena of social or spatial justice/injustice. Our research focuses on the forms of subalternity, vulnerability, inequality and difference in their social, spatial and territorial expressions, and in their ramifications in identity and biography (gender, age, etc.).

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The Regulations team comprises researchers belonging to various social-science disciplines. Research carried out by this team focuses on the social processes of producing and assimilating the knowledge, rules and representations that prevail in various social worlds, ...

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Cities and territories

Our team’s scientific project aims to observe and analyse the dynamics and transitions at work in cities and territories. The idea of a dynamic implies action, trajectory and historicity, whereas a transition introduces the possibility of a rupture, the switch from one state – or even from one socio-economic and cultural, but also territorial model – to another.

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