RESEARCH AT ESPOL

Sabine WEILAND

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of ESPOL-LAB research center

Thierry CHOPIN

Professor of political science and Deputy director of ESPOL-LAB research centre

“Research is a development priority for ESPOL. Its also enhances the quality of our curriculum and provides students with a stimulating intellectual environment.”

EUROPE IN GLOBALISATION AND QUALITY OF DEMOCRACY

The ESPOL research centre, ESPOL-LAB, is composed of a team of faculty members who actively contribute to the development of knowledge in political science. In their research they analyse public decision-making processes and contemporary transformations in the political sphere. . Questioning the boundaries of politics and the relationship between politics and society is at the heart of ESPOL-LAB’s scientific project. What is the scope of the political decisions? What are its origins? To what extent do policies still refer to the regulation of society?

The apparent fragility of the contemporary state, in conjunction with the fragmentation of identities, growing globalisation of economies, and the emergence of new forms of violence highlight the difficulty of organising social relations and meaningful societal life. Yet, while the modern state may no longer be seen as the exclusive framework within which common rules are developed and transformed, it nevertheless retains an unparalleled appeal and ability to guide and organise society.

In this context, ESPOL-LAB aims to help inform political decision-making processes, their normative underpinnings and the constraints they face, also including their continuously transforming relations to territory and violence. Our research team is composed of specialists in various political science fields, such as public policies, international relations, comparative politics, history of political ideas, and political theory.

Fields of research

Research at ESPOL-LAB focuses on changes in contemporary societies and political dynamics within multilevel settings. It is organised around three major research strands:

1) The quality of democracy,
2) Regulations and governance, and
3) Reconfigurations of the international.

Europe constitutes a cross-cutting dimensions of research at ESPOL which is present in each of the three axes.

Lecturer-Researchers

The ESPOL-LAB team consists of 13 faculty members that make the political and its transformation their central research subject: 10 Associate professors, a Professor (HDR), an Academic advisor, and a Post-doctoral researcher. ESPOL-LAB is headed by Sabine Weiland (Director) and Thierry Chopin (Deputy Director).

Latest publications

ESPOL-LAB is member of the ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research), the principal political science research network in Europe. The ESPOL-LAB team supports the Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée.

The ESPOL-LAB Team

Alexis MASSART

Director of ESPOL, Associate Professor of Political Science

Philippe BONDITTI

Associate Professor of Political Science

François BRIATTE

Academic Advisor

Oriane Calligaro

Associate Professor of Political Science

Thierry CHOPIN

Professor of Political Science, Deputy Director of the ESPOL-LAB Research Centre

Brendan COOLSAET

Associate Professor of Environment and Development, Head of the Master's degree programmes

Janis GRZYBOWSKI

Associate Professor of Political Science, Head of the Bachelor's degree in International Relations

Pierre-Yves NERON

Associate Professor of Economic and Social Ethics, Head of the Bachelor's degree in Political Science

Giulia SANDRI

Associate Professor of Political Science

AGATHE VERDEBOUT

Maître de conférences en Relations Internationales

Felix-Christopher von Nostitz

Head of international mobility and Associate Professor in Political Science

Sabine WEILAND

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of ESPOL-LAB research center

Associate Researchers

JULIEN NAVARRO

Researcher at ETHICS and Associate researcher at ESPOL-LAB

Daniel-Louis Seiler

Emeritus Full Professor at Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence and Associate Research Fellow at ESPOL

Michael Holmes

Senior Lecturer at Liverpool Hope University & Associate Research Fellow at ESPOL

Antonella SEDDONE

Postdoctoral researcher at the Dipartimento di Culture, Politica e Società, Università degli Studi di Torino & Associate Research Fellow at ESPOL

Postdoctoral Researchers

Thomas Millea

Doctoral researcher

Zach BASTICK

Postdoctoral researcher in digital government

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Last publications

New publication in NATURE

A first Nature paper for ESPOL: https://rdcu.be/XTRl 5 New publication – Social-ecological outcomes of agricultural intensification By Brendan COOLSAET, Associate Professor in environment and development at...
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