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.


heSam University

INED is a member of heSam Université, an internationally renowned interdisciplinary consortium (COMUE) made up of 15 prestigious French higher education, training and research institutions and business networks. The members have joined together in the interest of multiplying their competencies in training, research, digital processes and international networking. Together they can offer more complete and attractive excellence training and more effectively access new international project grants.

INED is particularly active on the task force that defines COMUE orientations. The Institute also participates in joint research projects funded by heSam.

Of these, the DéfiChine project, on the effects of the shortage of women in China on living conditions of single men, sexuality, and gender relations, and the Transmission et diffusion des études sur le genre project, were co-developed and presented by INED researchers and launched in 2013 after winning Paris Nouveaux Mondes Programme project grants.

The heSam University members are: Arts et Métiers ParisTech ; CESI ;Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) ; École du Louvre ; Institut national d’études démographiques (Ined) ; Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) ; École Boulle ; École Duperré ; École Estienne ; Ecole du Louvre ; Ecole nationale supérieure des arts appliqués et des métiers d’art (ENSAAMA) ; École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-La Villette (ENSAPLV) ; École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI-Les Ateliers) ; Institut français de la mode (IFM) ; Institut national du patrimoine (INP) ; Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) ; SKEMA Business School.

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.