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Research centres, groups and chairs

The Department of Political Science considers research very important. Our professors work on their own interests and collaborate on different research teams.

Two Canada Research Chairs were created recently, underscoring our researchers' sterling reputation, as do the many grants they receive and their publications in leading journals.

Canadian Centre for German and European Studies

The Centre, an initiative of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), is attached to the Université de Montréal and York University. It brings together some 20 professors in the social sciences and humanities with the goal of fostering higher education, research and awareness at the national and international levels.

The Centre organizes research trips to Europe, as part of a complementary diploma in European and German studies leading to a PhD or master's degree.

Its research currently focuses on 3 areas:

  • The relevance of the philosophy of Max Weber in today's world
  • Relations between the Balkans and the West
  • Construction of collective memory and identity

Canadian Centre for German and European Studies members include Charles Blattberg, Magdalena Dembinska, Jane Jenson, Laurence McFalls, Frédéric Mérand, Augustin Simard, and George Ross, professors in our department.


Centre d'études de l’Asie de l’est (CÉTASE)

CÉTASE oversees the co-ordination and development of research, teaching and other activities at UdeM related to East Asia.

The Centre includes over 20 experts in East Asian languages, literature, film, history, politics, philosophy, economics, geography, anthropology and communications. Its study programs, resources, research activities, documentation centre and scholarships let professors and students remain in the forefront of East Asian studies.


Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS)

CIPSS is an interuniversity centre (Université de Montréal and McGill University) devoted to teaching and research in the field of international security.

The Centre's research focuses on current issues that affect Canadian security policy and seeks to contribute to basic theoretical and historical knowledge. Vincent Arel-Bundock, Dominique Caouette, Magdalena Dembinska, Theodore McLauchlin, Frédéric Mérand, Françoise Montambeault, Lee Seymour, Jean-Philippe Thérien, Simon Thibault, and Marie-Joëlle Zahar, all professors in our department, work at CIPSS.


Research Centre on Public Policy and Social Development (CPDS)

The CPDS, a research group on social development and policy, brings together professor-researchers from the Department of Political Science and the Department of Sociology, and others from related disciplines at the Université de Montréal and other institutions in Quebec and the rest of Canada.

The Centre studies the connections and interactions between public policy and social development, in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada, but also from a comparative and international perspective. Its activities revolve around 3 general research aims:

  • Studying public and institutional policy
  • Studying issues affecting social development and social movements
  • Analyzing the dynamics associated with globalization and governance, from various angles

In the Department, Laurence Bherer, Gérard Boismenu, Dominique Caouette, Pascale Dufour, Jane Jenson, Erick Lachapelle, Theodore McLauchlin, Françoise Montambeault, Éric Montpetit, Martin Papillon, Christine Rothmayr Allison, Denis Saint-Martin, and Jean-Philippe Thérien are CPDS members.


Jean Monnet Centre Montréal

The University of Montreal and McGill University have jointly promoted research and teaching on the European Union since 2000. Heir to the first Jean Monnet Chair established outside Europe in 1993, the Jean Monnet Centre Montréal brings together diverse researchers and students who work in a bilingual environment and are engaged with decision makers, the business world, youth, and civil society.

Professors Laurie Beaudonnet, Magdalena Dembinska, Frédéric Mérand and George Ross are members of the Jean Monnet Centre Montréal.


Chaire Jean Monnet - Projet Euroscope

Chairholder: Laurie Beaudonnet


Promoting the teaching, study and understanding of the European Union: the mission of the Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Montreal is to increase knowledge on European issues. Considering that the European Union is often perceived as being distant and highly complex, this pedagogical project intends to bring it closer to students, researchers as well as the general public. 


The Chair pursues these objectives in three ways: 

- It ensures the European studies’ place in teaching and research at the University of Montreal; 

- It encourages students to generate knowledge on the EU; 

- It spreads this knowledge beyond the academic community.



The Centre for International Studies (CÉRIUM) seeks to promote the understanding of international issues. This knowledge is accomplished through research, study, and outreach programs and activities.

CÉRIUM consists of a community of scholars specializing in the study of international issues. Their research is addressed to academics and to all circles interested in the evolution of contemporary international relations. They are structured through three transversal research axes - Economy, Environment and Securtiy among CÉRIUM's research poles. Our research is disseminated through scientific publications, conferences and colloquiums.

Since its creation in 2004, CÉRIUM has established connections with multiple partnersfrom academia, NGOs, governments and international institutions, with whom academic events and research projects are organized. CÉRIUM’s research activities are financed by internal funds as well as external granting agencies.

Professors Dominique Caouette, Laurence Bherer, Laurie Beaudonnet, Magdalena Dembinska, Graciela Ducatenzeiler, Pascale Dufour, Mamoudou Gazibo, Jean-François Godbout, Jane Jenson, Erick Lachapelle, Pierre Martin, Laurence McFalls, Théodore McLauchlin, Françoise Montambeault, Éric Montpetit, Marie-Ève Reny, George Ross, Christine Rothmayr Allison, Lee Joseph Marshall Seymour, Denis St-Martin, Jean-Philippe Thérien, Simon Thibault, and Marie-Joelle Zahar are members of the CÉRIUM. Professor Frédéric Mérand is Director of the CÉRIUM.


Réseau d’études sur l’Amérique latine (RÉAL)

The main mission of RÉLAM is therefore to provide an interdisciplinary network of exchange, cooperation and distribution in the areas of Latin American studies pertaining to social science. Its goal is neither to replace nor to superimpose on existing partnership among our universities (research centers, chairs, teams etc.). Rather RÉLAM seeks to offer professors and graduate students a channel in which to focus and consolidate existing connections and collaborations on research and teaching, as well as an impetus for collaborative activities.


Specifically, RÉLAM will focus on five main areas of research:


- Citizenship, Engagement and Inclusion

- Inequality, Development and Diversity

- Environment, Territory and Transnationalism

- Violence, Memory and Justice

- Identities, Constructions and Representations


In the spirit of interuniversity cooperation, RÉLAM has established a governing structure that includes teachers from Concordia University, University of Montreal, McGill University and University of Quebec in Montreal, which will consult a body of student representation. RÉLAM is an affiliated unit of the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM).


Françoise Montambeault and Graciela Ducatenzeiler, professors in our department, are both RÉLAM members.


Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance

Jane Jenson, Chairholder

The Chair's research theme is the redesign of social policy, citizenship practices and social cohesion in Canada and the European Union.

The Canadian federal system resembles the political institutions of the European Union, making comparisons both useful and relevant.

The Chair's research also focuses on the growth and consolidation of new political bodies and the scope they allow for citizen initiatives. A 1st series of studies concerns transformations in democratic governance under the impact of new political and social rights. A 2nd series is devoted to studying regional integration in Europe and North America and its consequences on citizens' rights and states' internal policies.

The Chair provides financial assistance for candidates wishing to study at the master's or PhD level in the field of citizenship and governance as well as those considering postdoctoral research in this area.


Canada Research Chair in Electoral Democracy

Ruth Dassonneville, Chairholder
The ambition of the Chair's research program is to fill an important gap in the literature by examining the consequences of the erosion of partisanship on 1) the vote choices of citizens, 2) the behavior of political parties and 3) the congruence between citizens and parties. These three elements constitute the three research lines of this program and are investigated using representative voter Survey-data, party-level data, and Survey experiments.

The Chair offers Financial support for students who wish to pursue and MA of a PhD degree on élections as well as those who wish to undertake postdoctoral research in this field.


Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies

André Blais, Chairholder

The Chair aims to promote the study of voting and elections and the consequences of electoral rules on electors and political parties.

The Chair provides financial assistance for candidates wishing to study at the master's or PhD level in the field of electoral studies as well as those considering postdoctoral research in this area.


Chaire d'études politiques et économiques américaines

Pierre Martin, Chairholder

The mandate of the Chair in American Political and Economic Studies is to promote the development of knowledge in Quebec concerning the United States in fields related to political science and economics, and to promote excellence in university research and teaching about the United States. Its mission is also to facilitate exchanges and strengthen the connections between researchers and students in Quebec, the United States and elsewhere.

The Chair is part of the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales at the Université de Montréal. Its initial funding was provided under a program of the ministère des Relations internationales du Québec aimed at encouraging the development of American studies in Quebec.

The Chair's research revolves around two main themes:

  • the dynamics of decision-making in US economic policy
  • Quebec's relations with neighbouring and Midwestern US states, in areas of strategic interest such as economics, energy, transportation and the environment


Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (ICAMES)

ICAMES is a collaborative project of McGill University and the Université de Montréal, together with associated researchers based at other institutions. It promotes and facilitates research on the Arab world and the Middle East through its pursuit of 4 interrelated mandates:

  • The encouragement of academic cooperation and research collaboration among local scholars, and between researchers in Quebec/Canada, the Middle East, and the rest of the world
  • The provision of research resources accessible to students and scholars
  • The pursuit of specific research projects, under the auspices of the Consortium, on the contemporary Middle East
  • Support for the training and research of an emerging generation of scholars