Scientific groups

INED advocates a multidisciplinary approach to research and is an institutional partner in several research consortia that bring together disciplines studying gender, ageing, territorial development...

GIS Institut du genre

Founded in 2012 by the Institut des Sciences Humaines et Sociales of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the GIS Institut du genre encompasses 30 institutional partners. Hosted by the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris-Nord, this Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique (GIS) aims to consolidate French research forces on gender and promote interdisciplinarity, particularly between the human and exact sciences. The goal is to strengthen the coherence, impact and visibility of French-language research on women, gender and sexuality.

DIM GID (Gender, Inequality, Discrimination)

The DIM GID (Genre, Inégalités, Discriminations) is a “Domaine d’Intérêt Majeur” funded by the Ile-de-France region and hosted by the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. The “gender” section, supervised by the Institut Emilie du Châtelet (IEC), promotes research studies on gender in all disciplines—the human and life sciences but also art and literature. The “discriminations” section, coordinated by the Alliance de Recherche sur les Discriminations (ARDIS), involves four disciplines—law, economics, sociology and political science—and handles all types of inequality: social or related to gender, disability, origin, etc.

GDR Vieillissement–SHS (research group on ageing)

The GDR Vieillissement-SHS “Longévité et vieillissements” research group was created in January 2014 by the Ministry of Research to counter dispersion of French social science research on ageing. Institutional participants include the Institut des Sciences Humaines et Sociales of the CNRS, INSERM, and the Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Vieillesse (France’s national retirement pension office); this GDR involves primarily research laboratories in sociology, demography, economics, epidemiology and public health. GDR Vieillissement-SHS is co-directed by Jean-Marie Robine (INSERM-INED) and Marie-Eve Joël (Paris-Université de Dauphine). One of its purposes is to facilitate and promote French research teams’ applications to participate in European-level research programs. It also works to develop use and analysis of European databases (SHARE, GGP and EHLEIS).


Launched in 1991, the Creapt (Centre de Recherches sur l’Expérience, l’Age et les Populations au Travail) became a Groupe d’Intérêt Scientifique (GIS) in 2001. It brings together national ministries, companies, universities and research institutions. The CREAPT conjointly analyses demographic change in working populations and change in the business world and occupational trajectories. These studies should allow for defining and taking measures that will anticipate developments in those areas.

ILVV—Institut de la Longévité, des Vieillesses et du Vieillissement (Research consortium on longevity, ageing and situations of older persons)

Upon completion of its 4-year contract, the multi-institution GDR Longévité et Vieillissements group for research on the opportunities and challenges of increased longevity and the reconfiguration of the life cycle in European countries has become the GIS (Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique) ILVV or Institut de la Longévité, des Vieillesses et du Vieillissement or research consortium on longevity, ageing and situations of older persons. The main difference is that the consortium can now establish partnerships with institutions other than research centres. The four missions of the former GDR—to acquire wide-ranging and detailed knowledge of the field, to diffuse and promote that knowledge and research findings, to organize and run scientific forums and event, and to foster dialogue between all actors in the field—have not changed.

CEET - Research center on employment and work

On October 1, 2016, the CEE (Centre d’Études de l’Emploi) became the CEET, Centre d’Études de l’Emploi et du Travail, part of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers or CNAM.
The CEET is a crosscutting programme for developing multidisciplinary research on work and employment that will meet both academic and social needs. CNAM regulations call for crosscutting research structures (the terms used are “crosscutting programme” and “specific structure”) whose characteristics, notably vis a vis the CNRS, are to be defined within this framework.
The CEET works primarily through three CNAM laboratories: the CNRS-affiliated CRTD centre for research on work and development; the CNRS-affiliated LIRSA interdisciplinary laboratory on action, and the LISE interdisciplinary economic sociology laboratory, a UMR (joint CNRS-university) research unit.

FDR-CIST - Research federation of the International College of Territorial Sciences

The CIST or International College of Territorial Sciences was designed to help formalize and organize the interdisciplinary field of territorial sciences at the French and international, particularly European, scale. Founded by the CNRS and the Universities of Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne and Paris 7-Diderot, the present Fédération de Recherche (former GIS)-CIST brings together research institutes such as INED and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) with public agencies such as the Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie (ADEME) and the Délégation Interministérielle à l’Aménagement du Territoire et à l’Attractivité Régionale (DATAR). Its activities are structured around seven scientific research areas that cover a variety of topics: territorialization, health, regionalization, media, long time, mobility...