From the 3D printer to genetically modified mosquitoes, Pierre Delvenne is interested in how science and technological advances impact our society.
Art, Archéologie et Patrimoine (Art, Archaeology and Heritage) - AAP (AAH)
The interfaculty research unit focuses on the knowledge, development and conservation of cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible. It relies on scientific resources and expertise in the fields of archaeology, art history and architecture, archeometry, museology, heritage management, conservation-restoration, but also aesthetics, the philosophy of art, anthropology and the sociology of art. The field of action covers all periods, from prehistory to contemporary times, which allows it to study, over a long period, the processes of creation, transmission of know-how, reception and patrimonialisation of human productions.
The research unit “Adaptation, Résilience et Changement” (Adaptation, Resilience and Change) is dedicated to the study of the psychological, social and societal processes involved in individual and collective trajectories (and/or life paths). It is characterised by its multidisciplinarity (clinical psychology, sociology, pedagogy, psychology of work, organizations, ergonomics, training... ) within the same faculty, and finds its strength in the plurality and complementarity of theoretical, empirical and methodological approaches to the study of the processes of adaptation, resilience and change of individual, collective and organisational trajectories in varied sectors.
CIRTI - Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherches en Traduction et en Interprétation (Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Translation and Interpretation)
CIRTI supports research in translation and interpretation from an interdisciplinary perspective (collaborations with linguists, philologists, philosophers). Traductology makes it possible to study the circulation of ideas and texts from one cultural area to another. It brings to literary studies and the human sciences a series of concepts and analytical categories that allow us to think about the current context of globalisation, as well as the current geopolitical relations between languages and cultures. Finally, it allows us to study the exchanges that have marked the history of relations between different cultural spaces, particularly between metropolises and their colonies. In return, research in translation and interpretation feeds on other disciplines of the humanities such as political science and historical sciences.
Cité, the research unit of the Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology, articulates its research around the following 4 axes: Identities and Heritage; Companies and Markets; Worlds and Institutions; Innovations and Process. These 4 axes of research express, in different dimensions, the research theme of the unit: Governance, Justice and Society. This theme is indeed apprehended in its aspects relating to individuals, their freedoms, their belongings, their deviances, and their property. It concerns the dimension of production and trade, whether regional or international. It also focuses on societal, organisational, institutional and administrative dynamics at the regional, national, European or global level.
The DIDACTIfen deploys its research activities around four unifying axes: 1) Interdisciplinary studies: highlighting the specificities and similarities between subject contents, methods, teaching practices, representations of teachers and students, all in the context of several school subjects; 2) Teacher training: innovative training schemes, how to develop reflexivity among teachers in training, evaluation of traineeships, professional integration of new teachers, trajectories and professional transitions; 3) Collaborative research in didactics and teacher training; 4) The reduction of learning inequalities.
The research unit EQUALE "Evaluation and quality of teaching" develops research contributing to improving the quality of teaching and of its principle actors (students and teachers), from nursery school to university. The notion of quality refers not only to practices that can contribute to better learning achievement (effectiveness), but also to those that can reduce learning inequalities related to social and cultural background or gender, and to prevent dropping out and the exclusions that may result (equity).
HEC Recherche - PRISME
Research at HEC Liège is coordinated by PRISME, the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Management and Economic Sciences. It revolves around 6 Points of excellence, specific research areas for which HEC boasts internationally recognised expertise, and 2 emerging areas which are following the changes of society. Areas of excellence are closely related to research centres that bring together researchers, PhD students and post-docs and chairs that establish a strong link between research, education and business.
The Institut de Recherches en Sciences Humaines et Sociales (Institute for Research in Human and Social Sciences, IRSS) is a federation of 5 research centres which, although specialised in thematic areas as well as various theoretical and methodological approaches, largely share the same conception of scientific research and its role in the city. These centres are: Centre d'Etudes de l'Ethnicité et des Migrations (Ethnicity and Migration Studies Centre, CEDEM), Centre d'Etude de l'Opinion de l'Université de Liège (Centre for Opinion Research of the University of Liège, CLEO), Centre de Recherche et d’Interventions Sociologiques (Center for Research and Sociological Interventions, CRIS), Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle (Laboratory of Social and Cultural Anthropology, LASC) and Pôle Liégeois d'Études sur les Sociétés Urbaines en Développement (Liège Centre for Studies in Urban Societies in Development, PÔLE-SUD).
The research unit in mathematics explores 3 areas of research: the analysis of mathematics: current research in this field is mainly focused on the theory of wavelets and algebraic analysis; discrete mathematics: the principle themes of research addressed are combinatorics on words, the theory of formal languages, non-standard numbering systems and the theory of combinatorial games; statistics and probability: the research is divided into fundamental and applied, responding to the needs of other researchers of the institution; the themes concerned are robust statistics, non-Gaussian stochastic approximation and the Stein method.
Mondes anciens (Ancient worlds)
The Research Unit focuses on the study of these cultural universes which, at historic times, preceded the emergence of what is now called modernity - and especially modernity in the Western world - and that directly conditioned it. The chronological, geographical and cultural spectrum envisaged is therefore particularly vast and, in essence, polymorphic and multiple. The Unit brings together researchers who dedicate their work to the various civilizations that make up these ancient worlds and their cultural productions. Through its fundamentally transdisciplinary vocation, its objective is to promote the confrontation of these different domains and, through the study of precise and detailed cases, to address fully relevant societal issues, thus making it possible to nourish, with historical hindsight, our reflection on our own contemporary world.
The PsyNCog faculty research unit is defined by a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human cognition. The unit combines experimental behavioural procedures with neuroscientific methods, such as electroencephalography, transcranial electrical stimulation and functional neuroimaging.
The "Enfances" research unit brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers whose main objective is to provide cross-referencing and complementary views on children, on the one hand, by focusing on the different dimensions (emotional, cognitive, social, cultural, linguistic and perceptual-motor) and determinants of their development and, on the other hand, by studying them in their different contexts of life (family, places of childcare, school...). An important place is given to childhood in situations of vulnerability (child with developmental or learning disabilities, child facing illness, insecurity, marginalisation and inequalities...).
The research unit TRAVERSES brings together researchers from 5 different departments and takes the form of a network of 16 research centres, which each have their own specific research objects and methods and benefit from their own visibility, but which have increased collaborations on transversal and interdisciplinary projects. This common structure makes it possible to encourage the cutting-edge research of its different teams and to promote their interactions in favour of unifying and original projects. The research conducted within TRAVERSES stems from disciplines which fuel between them several dialogues: philosophy, history, literary theory and history, the study of the performing arts, language sciences and communication sciences.
The research activities of the Urban and Environmental Engineering Research Unit are all related to urban and environmental engineering. They are structured around 4 interrelated axes, based on a dynamic understanding of the urban environment. These 4 axes are transversal to the department and to the different sectors that make it up: Design of buildings, structures and transport networks, Materials and effective management of resources, Risk and environmental engineering, human activities and built environment.
Facilities and equipment
Created in 1995, the CEDEM is an interfaculty centre aiming to carry out any theoretical or empirical research in the fields of human migration, ethnic relations and racism. It is particularly interested in the relations between migratory processes and inequalities of development. This research is conducted in a multidisciplinary perspective, at the crossroads of political science, sociology, anthropology, international relations and law.
The CIRIEC is an international, non-governmental scientific organisation. Its objectives are to ensure and promote the collection of information and the scientific research concerning the economic sectors and activities oriented towards the service of the general and collective interest. The CIRIEC has two resource centres in Europe, one of which is located at the University of Liège.
The Hugo Observatory is formed of an informal group of researchers from the University of Liège wishing to deal with the questions of environmental migration. Quickly, the team earned international visibility and proudly claimed a spot at the forefront of the evolution of the research on these issues. The team is now widely recognised for its excellence on the ground, and continues to attract new researchers and students each year. It has developed an empirical expertise in a number of regions of the world, especially in West Africa, Southeast Asia and in the South Pacific, supported in this field by a number of local partner institutions.
The Lentic is a research and intervention centre of the University of Liège, focused on organisational innovation processes. It has become an essential reference in the analysis of developments in work and organisations, particularly in relation to information technologies.
Lepur - Centre de Recherche sur la Ville, le Territoire et le Milieu rural (Research Centre on the City, Territory and the Rural Environment)
Lepur's scientific project focuses on the development of knowledge, methodologies and strategic tools to bring about better management of territorial development and the exploitation of its resources. This research programme corresponds to a societal demand as well as to the regional and European development strategies, contributing to a strengthening of the economic development and the attractiveness of the city as well as to a sustainable development of the territory and the rural environment in all their components.
The SEGEFA (Service d'Étude en Géographie Economique Fondamentale et Appliquée, Study Service in Fundamental and Applied Economic Geography) is a research service that studies the locations of activities (industries, businesses, services, housing) and the interactions between the development and planning of territories. SEGEFA proposes transversal and integrated approaches at municipal, urban, provincial, regional, national and cross-border levels. The search for indicators and the use of geomatics tools are constant. SEGEFA is also involved in several European networks through projects including the international territorial intelligence network, which integrates the GDRI INTI project.