The FLSHASE brings together expertise from the humanities, social sciences, and human sciences with knowledge from educational scholars, linguists, and cognitive scientists. People from across 20 disciplines are working within the Faculty. Along with the disciplinary approach, a very ambitious interdisciplinary research culture has been developed.

Two questions lie at the heart of the Faculty's research activites:

  • How are human living conditions changing in an increasingly globalised world?
  • How can we shape these changes in a social and sustainable way?

Our research priority

Multilingualism and cultural diversity shape and challenge Luxembourg´s society every day and in every way – especially in the education system. The field of education has therefore been our research priority for many years. 

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Our key research area

Migration and inclusive societies is our key research area. We investigate these phenomena at the global level and at the level of Luxembourg and its surrounding region.

Our research units and institutes

At the FLSHASE research is organised and conducted in three interdisciplinary research units.

Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS)

The unit Education, Culture, Cognition and Society (ECCS) is composed of 6 institutes covering a wide range of research topics, including curriculum and policy studies, teacher education, cognitive development and learning processes, migration, multilingualism and social inequality in school, higher education and life-long learning:

Integrative Research Unit on Social and Individual Development (INSIDE)

Integrative Research Unit on Social and Individual Development (INSIDE) is composed of 4 institutes. Research covers the entire range of the human life span and allows for a description and explanatory analysis of phenomena at different levels of the socio-ecological context: 

Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE)

Research at the unit Identités. Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) covers a broad range of subjects including culture, identity, governance, media, literature, philosophy, politics, history and geography. IPSE is composed of 8 institutes:

Our research centres and networks

Luxembourg Centre for Educational Testing (LUCET)

The Luxembourg Centre for Educational Testing (LUCET) is a research and transfer centre focused on the elaboration and use of assessment and measurement instruments for the educational field.

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UniGR-Center for Border Studies

The UniGR-Center for Border Studies (UniGR-CBS) is a thematic cross-border network of researchers from the UniGR universities in France, Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg conducting research on borders and border issues.

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European Migration Network (EMN)

The European Migration Network (EMN) is an interdisciplinary group of experts providing up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on Luxembourg’s migratory situation at national and European level, as well as before other Member States of the European Union.

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Gender Expert Group

The Gender Expert Group explores the ways in which gender, sexualities and identities are constructed in cultural, social, political and historical contexts.

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Our research chairs

Ad personam Jean Monnet Chair

The ad personam Jean Monnet Chair awarded to Prof. René Leboutte in 2009 aims to support teaching and research in contemporary European history using new information technologies. It seeks to strengthen links with European institutions, in particular the European Parliament Archive and Documentation Centre (CARDOC), the archives of the European Investment Bank and the Virtual Centre for Knowledge about Europe (CVCE).

Contact: Prof. René Leboutte

UNESCO Chair in Human Rights

The UNESCO Chair in Human Rights  was awarded to Prof. Jean-Paul Lehners in 2011. Its aim is to promote research, teaching and documentation on human rights. With its Chairs, UNESCO seeks to raise awareness about its work and objectives within universities. It also aims to encourage exchanges between academics and increase the involvement of universities from the Southern Hemisphere within the international scientific community.

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Pearl Chair on Social Inequality

The Chair on Social Inequality is held by Prof. Dr. Louis Chauvel and Prof. Dr. Conchita D'Ambrosio from the Integrative Research Unit on Social and Individual Development (INSIDE). They examine social inequality within a Luxembourg, European and International context. The PEARL Chair is funded by the Fonds national de la Recherche Luxembourg (FNR).

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Chair in Social Business and Social Management

The Chair in Social Business and Social Management has been established by the City of Esch-sur-Alzette to identify new opportunities for the social and economic development of the South of Luxembourg and to stimulate the creation of new social business models. The chair is based at the Integrative Research Unit on Social and Individual Development (INSIDE).

Chair of Legislative Studies

The Chair of Legislative Studies funded by the Chambre des Députés du Luxembourg is held by Philippe Poirer, lecturer in political science. The chair mainly supports research activities in the domains of democracy, legislation and comparable politics in Europe. Research activities include European governance at the national and European level, Parliament and citizen participation, referenda and petitions, code of conduct, status of the elected bodies, and Europeanisation of the organizational norms of democracy, the election process and parliamentarianism, ethics and science.

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