Global Phenomena and Regulation programme

IMéRA’s Global Phenomena & Regulation programme hinges on 4 interdisciplinary research themes bearing on the analysis and regulation of worldwide phenomena aggravated by current globalization trends:

  • Globalization and sustainable development: As explicitly admitted in the UN’s Sustainable Development Objectives (SDOs), human development can only be conceived on a global scale considering the multiple interactions—economic (trade, outsourcing, etc.), demographic (migrations, epidemics, etc.), cultural (connectivity, networks, etc.) and environmental (global warming, etc.)—at play between North and South countries. The main lines of research are the impact of globalization on national and global inequalities, and poverty and public and/or private interventions at both levels to address it; the ecology of poverty; the multi-faceted role of infrastructures in the development process and the reduction of inequalities as well as global infrastructure design.
  • Globalization, cultural dynamics and institutional change: This line of research is about exploring the role of globalization in the emergence of new national and transnational cultural dynamics and their potential impact on changes in institution governance at all geographical scales. This specifically includes research into the cultural and institutional dynamics under way in North African countries based on interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Migrations: This line of research bears on all determinants of international (including climatic) migrations and their multiple consequences in all geographical domains. It is open to the study of relevant historical cases and more particularly to the analysis of recent international migration dynamics.
  • Energy: The final aim is the development of a social science research programme on energy at IMéRA, including in particular: the study of socio-political determinants of energy transitions and associated public authorities’ policy dynamics; analysis and modelling of the world energy market, in particular hydrocarbons, in these times of shale gas and oil and energy hubs; rebuilding the production economic theory taking the above into account, etc.

CONTACT: Raouf Boucekkine, Director of "Global Phenomena and Regulation" Programme -

Applicants to this call may submit applications either to:

  • the general programme described above , or
  • one of the specific residencies in partnership listed below.

The choice must be specified in the application form ("Application options").



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IMéRA’s Global Phenomena & Regulation programme is sponsored by the 5 following partners:

L’Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD): IRD is the French national institution of reference for research in development; it is administratively headquartered in Marseille like IMéRA. IRD’s fundamental and field research activities are based on two fundamental principles: cross-disciplinarity and equitable scientific partnership with institutions in the South (see IRD and IMéRA started a collaboration programme as part of a recurrent summer school on SDOs, which gathered for the first time between 7 and 13 July 2016 in Marseille.

IRD/IMéRA “Sustainable Development” Chair: the IRD/IMéRA Chair is basically connected to theoretical and applied research on Sustainable Development Objectives (SDOs). It is aimed at developing innovative interdisciplinary approaches to SDOs.

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The EHESS (School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences) is a prestigious French institution devoted to research and teaching in social sciences. The EHESS research and teaching activities also involve members of French and foreign partners. These activities are carried out at the Paris headquarters and at the regional centers of the institution (Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse) as well.

The EHESS-IMéRA chair in "Transregional Studies" aims at developing at the highest international level comparative research among any regions of the world. The research projects proposed should in particular take into account the involved scale effects and the related issues of exchange, circulation and connection in the reformulation of social orders. They should also build on innovative and clearly articulated interdisciplinary approaches. The EHESS-IMéRA chair particularly welcomes research projects interested in the comparison between cultural areas. 

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Columbia Infrastructure, Growth and Development (CIGD): CIGD is part of the Columbia Business School. It is engaged in an ambitious and innovative research programme on the role of global infrastructures in economic development and the reduction of inequalities, focusing on wide-ranging interdisciplinary approaches (public health, environment, technology, development economics). Collaboration with CIGD goes hand in hand with IMéRA’s incubation of the Research Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (RISI) starting in September 2017.

CGID/IMéRA “Infrastructures” Chair: this Chair will host a confirmed researcher as part of the implementation and development of RISI research programmes (see above). The design, financing and evaluation of socio-economic impacts of global infrastructures are the core profile required. As in the Fulbright/IMéRA chair, funding for certain field missions in the Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan Africa is already earmarked.

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Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE): AMSE is a laboratory of excellence (LABEX) set up in 2011. Since its founding, AMSE has developed a research programme exclusively devoted to the study of socio-economic impacts of globalization, including analysis of the correlation between economic liberalization and rising inequality, phenomena of unstable economic growth due to increasing market integration or geographic concentration of economic activity. AMSE has jointly financed an IMéRA residency on the above topics since 2015.

AMSE/IMéRA Residency: the AMSE/IMéRA call is open to any researcher combining economic analysis with any other relevant discipline to address key issues induced by globalisation.

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The French-American Fulbright Commission was founded in 1948 to promote researcher and teacher mobility between France and the United States. Collaboration between Fulbright and IMéRA started in 2016, when our institute received the Fulbright-Tocqueville Chair held by the American researcher Bill Weeks. Since then, the two institutions have closed an agreement for scientific collaboration, particularly on migration studies (see below).

Fulbright/IMéRA Chair on “Migration Studies”: the Fulbright/IMéRA Chair is open to confirmed American researchers on all the themes related to migration dynamics in full coherence with IMéRA’s programme on this theme (see above). The Chair funds field missions where research focuses on migratory movements in the Mediterranean rim and between Black Africa and Europe.