INED has consolidated ties with its academic partners in Ile-de-France by joining two COMUEs (Communautés d’Universités et Etablissements): heSam Université and Université Sorbonne Paris Cité.
INED is a member of heSam Université, which comprises the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and several grandes écoles and research organisations. The consortium’s 15 current members form an unprecedented alliance between several major disciplinary areas: the humanities and social sciences, the engineering sciences, sciences of public and private governance, design, and art and heritage.
INED is active on the committees that define the orientations of this Communauté d’Universités et Etablissements. The Institute is also active in some of the joint research projects selected to receive heSam funding, such as “DéfiChine : condition de vie des hommes célibataires, sexualité et relations de genre au défi du déficit féminin en Chine” [FR] and “Transmission et diffusion des etudes sur le genre” [FR] , launched in 2013. The projects were designed and presented by INED researchers, among others, and selected as part of the Paris Nouveaux Mondes (PMN) Initiative d’Excellence research programme at heSam.
Université Sorbonne Paris Cité
Together with the CNRS, INRIA (Inventors for the Digital World), INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale) and IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), INED is a member of the Paris universities (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris Descartes, Paris Diderot and Paris 13) college of research organisations. This COMUE brings together four Paris universities (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris Descartes, Paris Diderot and Paris 13) and several grandes écoles and institutes, namely the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP school of public health), the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO, National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations), the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IGPG) and Sciences Po (the Paris Institute of Political Science). The goal of this COMUE is to attain the status of world-rank research university in four major areas: the exact sciences and technology, the humanities (arts, letters, languages), the social and political sciences, and the life and health sciences. The different disciplines and competences it encompasses position it to handle particularly complex social issues. Research at Université Paris Sorbonne Cité will focus on four broad themes: progress and the environment, public health issues, world cultural and social diversity, and data science.