Sustainability, Organisations and Institutions

The Graduate School of Sustainability, Organisations and Institutions aims to develop an interdisciplinary research training hub focused on organisations and models that play a structuring role in the emergence of sustainable systems.

These include alternative organisations and production units, such as economic models that integrate ecological and social issues. These models focus on changes in the institutional and legal frameworks as well as new forms of social, political and territorial organisations. Methods of evaluating individual and collective actions based on a systemic analysis are also developed.


The issues of sustainability and the responses to the implied climatic, energetic, social, political, economic and organisational challenges call for an evolution or an adaptation of existing models at micro, meso and macro scales. This involves the relationships between stakeholders, rules and regulations, corporate governance, organisational workflow, investment as well as performance criteria, and how all these factors interact with one another at the local and global level. With this respect, the methods of evaluating individual and collective actions must be based on a systemic approach and include the challenges associated with these issues.

Through the strong link between the Master’s programmes and the laboratories, the Graduate School of Sustainability, Organisations and Institutions strives to train high-level experts by focusing on analysing processes that trigger virtuous dynamics, by moving from the analysis of fractures and crises to studying the emerging configurations.

Students at this Graduate School benefit from unique and recognised approaches based on the contributions of French schools of thought (régulation theory, constitutional historical analysis, convention theory, and long-term history, among others).


Bureaux 859 et 860
Université Paris Cité
Bâtiment Olympe de Gouges
8, rue Albert Einstein
73013 Paris


The training of Master’s students is carried out in close collaboration with research laboratories.

For instance, the Master in economic analysis and policy involves the LADYSS research centre at Université Paris CIté and the CEPN research centre at the Université Sorbonne Paris Nord. Half of the students graduating from that Master’s programme pursue a doctoral degree. These two research centres promote pluralistic and critical economic thinking on sustainability, and are opened to other social sciences and experimental sciences.

The LIED laboratory, an interdisciplinary unit focusing on energy, addresses challenges such as energy transition, renewable energies, hypotheses of peak or depletion of resources, dynamics of efficiency and sobriety, economic, social or cognitive consequences of the processes of innovation and the questions of consumption and precariousness.

The Maurice Hauriou Centre, specialised in public law and political science research, focuses on governance and public management (common goods, intelligibility of fiscal norms), the State in Europe and globalisation (notion of borders, economic public order), and energy markets and sustainable development law (environmental democracy, exploitation of natural resources and conflicts).

Finally, the LIRAES laboratory is involved in the economic study of the health system and policies.

Several researchers involved in our Graduate School are active members of the Global Research Institute of Paris, an interdisciplinary initiative led by Université Paris Cité in collaboration with international partners, working on the issues of globalisation.


Petia KOLEVA oversees the Graduate School of Sustainability, Organisations and Institutions, maintaining regular communication with the directors of the relevant Master’s programs.

  • Petia KOLEVA
    Director of the Graduate School Sustainability, Organisations and Institutions 
    University Professor
    UFR Geography, History, Economy and Society
    Faculty of Humanities and social sciences

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