Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche Travail Etat et Société, UCL
The Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Work, State and Society (Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche Travail, État et Société, or CIRTES) was born from the association of three entities: the Research centre for solidarity and social innovation (Centre de recherche pour la solidarité et l’innovation sociale, or CERISIS), the School of labour sciences (Ecole des sciences du travail, or TRAV & GRH) and the Open faculty of economic and social policy (Faculté ouverte de politique économique et sociale, or FOPES).
The CIRTES is an interdisciplinary research centre which aims to analyse non-egalitarian social relations in the world of labour, the effects of these relations on society, and public policies or social practices likely to counter these effects. The analysed processes are thus located at the crossroads of persons, organisations and public action. The researches carried out by the CIRTES include the following elements:
- development of an interdisciplinary approach, combining socioeconomics, social psychology, socio-political analysis, sociology and law;
- theoretical developments closely linked to empirical research;
- quantitative and qualitative research methodology;
- development of international networks and local partnerships;
- taking into account of societal stakes in scientific reflections.
In addition to carrying out research projects and providing guidance to PhD students for the redaction of their thesis, the CIRTES organises seminars and conferences that allow to share and broadcast new knowledge. The centre also edits a series of research articles entitled Les cahiers du Cirtes, which allow to present works carried out in the centre's research area.
As far as research is concerned, the CIRTES develops four main research axes: "Public action, construction of knowledge and prosperity", "Work, employment relations and collective relations", "Working conditions, well-being and diversity" and "Social economy, market and public policies".