CEPN presentation


Director of Research Unit: Mehrdad Vahabi
Email address : Mehrdad.vahabi@univ-paris13.fr
Deputy Directors
Philippe Batifoulier : philippe.batifoulier@univ-paris13.fr
François Moreau : francois.moreau@univ-paris13.fr


CEPN (UMR CNRS) is a unique research unit including both economic and management disciplines. Thanks to its original position, it promotes pluralism in research methods and scientific paradigms. This research unit includes 60 Associate and Full professor members and 70 PhD candidates having the capacity to invest in many academic training programs and is integrated in various national and international research networks. It participates in three Labex: Industries Culturelles et Création Artistique (ICCA), Sciences, Innovation et Techniques en Société (SITES), Modèles Mathématiques et Économiques de la Dynamique, de l’Incertitude et des Interactions (MME-DII).
CEPN is regarded as a reference in studying the evolution of capitalism and the diversity of governance structures in managing organizations. CEPN’s members employ a wide range of qualitative, quantitative, and triangular analytical instruments in exploring the political economy of socio-economic trends (micro and macro econometrics), management of organizations and services as well as corporate social responsibility from an alternative management perspective. CEPN promotes researches based on interdisciplinary, reflexive and applied field studies.
CEPN is composed of two groups:
• Society, Pluralism, and Institutions (SPI)
• Crises and Transitions (C&T)

This research unit is known as a ‘citizen’s lab’ for its exceptionally active engagement in public debates. It endeavors to address social demands regarding numerous topics. The research conducted in this lab covers a large specter of analysis related to the structure of contemporary economies and diversity of different modes of management of organizations.

Among the favorite topics, we may cite the analysis of social conflicts, socio-economic crises, rent-seeking activities, inequalities, financialization and globalization, socio-ecological transition. These topics are applied in different fields such as the analysis of the state and development particularly welfare state, the political economy of health, the management of health and ageing, the innovation and digitalization, the culture and the issue of patenting commons, industrial democracy, the transformation of employment norms, the migration, the alternative organizations and the economy of service management.