Institute for Political Social Sciences (ISP)

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


Bâtiment Laplace
61, Av du Président Wilson
94235 Cachan Cedex


The unit is headed by Marie-Claire Lavabre on the Paris-Saclay campus, with support from deputy directors Jérôme Tournadre (Nanterre campus) and Stéphane Lacour (ENS Paris-Saclay campus).

ISP is composed of:

  • 63 permanent staff and staff on fixed-term contracts
  • 112 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.
The laboratory's academic agenda from now until 2018 explores four 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