Global Phenomena and Regulation programme 2021-2022

IMéRA's Global Phenomena and Regulation program addresses all issues of interdisciplinary interest related to globalization phenomena, including the following four:

  • 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: Pascale Hurtado, coordinatrice scientifique de l'IMéRA -

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").


>> General Programme: Application and residency conditions


IMéRA's Global Phenomena and Regulation programme benefits from the collaboration and support of 5 partners with whom IMéRA offers thematic chairs. The EHESS and AUF Chairs are not open to applicants this year, due to the postponement of some residencies in the context of the health crisis.

3 Chairs are open under this call:

  • IRD/IMéRA “Sustainable Development” Chair
  • AMSE/IMéRA "A World in crisis" Chair
  • Fulbright/IMéRA Chair on Migration Studies

The IRD/IMéRA Chair in Sustainable Development is open to experienced researchers from all disciplines, working on themes relevant to the science of sustainability and development and focusing on understanding the links, synergies and trade-offs between SDOs (the nexus approach). It is aimed to develop interdisciplinary research programs at the highest international quality standards on all the topics related to sustainable development, consistently with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The chair holder is intended to carry out these goals within a coherent frame allowing to foster cooperation between IRD and IMéRA and to assure sufficient visibility for the chair activities, mainly through public conferences.

The IRD (French National Institute of Research for Developpement) is a multidisciplinary research institute dedicated to working closely with partner countries on global development issues. It uses an original approach on development research and pluridisciplinary expertise throughout its interna­tional network. Its aims at using its research and tools for the benefit of countries that make science and innovation the prime levers for development and at positioning research for development as a major tool for the new international development agenda.

>> IRD/IMéRA Chair: Application and residency conditions


The AMSE/IMéRA "A World in crisis" Chair is open to researchers in economics, but also in the following disciplines, insofar as the project allows for interaction with the economic science: biology and medicine, law, geography, history, mathematics, neuroeconomics, philosophy, statistics, political science and sociology.

Within the framework of this call, all research projects will be considered, especially those that present a certain element of risk in launching a particularly innovative project, and those aiming to produce a work of synthesis. As an example, AMSE/IMéRA are particularly interested in projects concerning​ network formation, international trade, development, inequalities. Big data issues and historical perspective studies in economic growth are welcome as well.

Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE): AMSE has been recently labeled University Research School for a project of excellence in which AMSE brings together research, teaching and valorization. The research program focuses on economic responses in a changing world. It is based on three pillars: the research center's areas of methodological excellence (dynamic and quantitative macroeconomics, network theory, time series econometrics / panel data), a new methodological area with high potential for teaching and learning research (Big Data), and the geographical location positioned in a privileged way on the Euro-Mediterranean basin.

>> AMSE/IMéRA Chair: Application and residency conditions


The Fulbright/IMéRA Chair on “Migration Studies” 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).

Applications to this chair are open until September, 15 2020, through a Fulbright Commission dedicated site.

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).

2 Chairs are not open to applicants this year.

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. 

The chaire holder has to carry out these research themes within a coherent frame allowing to foster cooperation between EHESS and IMéRA and to assure sufficient visibility for the chaire activities, mainly through public conferences.

The Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) 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.


La chaire AUF/IMéRA sur "Transformations structurelles et dynamiques institutionnelles en Francophonie" s’adresse à des universitaires et chercheurs francophones seniors de toutes disciplines, ayant acquis une reconnaissance scientifique internationale (prix, publications, expertise internationale…).

Le titulaire de la chaire doit porter ce thème de recherche dans un cadre permettant d’intensifier la coopération entre l’AUF et AMU/IMéRA et d’assurer une visibilité suffisante aux travaux de la chaire via une série de conférences publiques.

L’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) est l’une des plus importantes associations d’institutions d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche au monde. Elle regroupe plus de 900 universités, grandes écoles, réseaux universitaires et centres de recherche scientifique utilisant la langue française dans plus de 100 pays. L'AUF place au cœur de son action la valorisation de l'expertise scientifique, l'identification de l'innovation, le partage des bonnes pratiques et le développement de projets en partenariat au bénéfice et en coopération avec les établissements d'enseignement supérieur et de recherche francophones.