The Institute for social Sciences of Poliitics (ISP)

The Institute for Political Social Sciences (ISP) is a CNRS joint research unit (No. 7720), located on the campuses of Université Paris Nanterre and ENS Paris-Saclay (formerly ENS Cachan).



Bâtiment Ouest - Niveau 3
4, avenue des Sciences
91190 Gif-sur-Yvette

Other adress:
Université Paris Nanterre

Maison Max Weber
Bâtiment K.
01 40 97 76 52



Head: stephanie.LACOUR [at] (Stéphanie LACOUR)

ISP is composed of 71 permanent staff and staff on fixed-term contracts and 68 PhD students and post-doctoral students.


ISP is a multidisciplinary, highly internationalized laboratory, whose researchers combine theoretical inquiry and an exacting empirical approach.

Three major subjects exemplify ISP's identity and research project: conflictuality, justice and memory.

4 main themes

  • law, power and public policy,
  • production and appropriation of political identities,
  • conflicts, conflict resolution and political change,
  • circulation of people and knowledge.


International cooperation

CNRS/Polish Academy of Sciences exchange agreements.

French National Research Agency (ANR) programmes

The ISP currently coordinates two ANR programmes:

PP Labex

ISP is one of the partners of the "Pasts in the Present" Labex research cluster
Research programmes endorsed by the PP Labex