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The Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences 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.

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 departments

At the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences research is organised and conducted in five interdisciplinary departments.

Department of Geography and Spatial Planning

This department emerged from the former Insitute of Geography and Spatial Planning

Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences

Research in this department covers:

Department of Education and Social Work

Research in this department covers:

Department of Humanities

Research in this department covers:

Department of Social Sciences

Research in this department covers:

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. 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 Urban Regeneration

The Chair is held by Prof. Markus Miessen and is dedicated to urban planning and urban regeneration of Esch-sur-Alzette. The chair aims to set up research and teaching activities in these domains, by prioritising questions of regional and crossborder interest on public space, mobility or socio-economic dynamics of the habitat.

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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