• Social - Societal - Solidarity Innovation

Institutions et dynamiques historiques de la société (IDHES)

Research unit


The laboratory IDHES (Institutions and Historical Dynamics of the Society) is a multidisciplinary research center across several sites (Paris 10, Paris 1, ENS Paris-Saclay, CNRS, Paris 8). Its research is in the following four areas:
- Products, companies, work and professional relations
- Knowledge, capabilities and innovations
- Capital, finance, debt and credit between public and private
- Public action and common goods
The laboratory consists of researchers in sociology, history and economics, it participates in various national (ANR, IDEX Paris-Saclay) and European projects and collaborates with numerous partners (institutions and companies).


  • Mr Christian BESSY

Innovation themes

Map and access

61, avenue du Président Wilson
Bâtiment Laplace

Our research areas


- economic history
- social history
- sociology of work/ workplace sociology
- public policies and public action

Applications sectors

  • Art / Culture
  • Other industry
  • Media / Communication / Publishing / Events
  • Personal services / services to individuals
  • Business services

Total number of employees

Total number of employees : 170
Number of researchers : 110
Number of doctoral students : 40


Our results

Projects examples

- ISIS (Interaction between Science, Innovation and Society)
- Re-Invest (European contract with the European commission)
- From the genre of art criticism (PICS-CNRS)
- Governing International Migration (ComeUE UPL)
- Economic privileges in Europe. 15th-19th century (ANR project)

Industrial and scientific relations

Scientific collaborations

- Laboratoire Georges Friedmann
- Paris I
- ILHEST Université d'Evry
- Association du Centre de Recherche Interuniversitaire sur la Mondialisation et le Travail (CRIMT Montréal)
- Collaboration avec Lowell Turner, Industrial Labor Relations School de Cornell University

Private collaborations

- collaboration with several ministries and cultural organisations


Establishments of affiliation