Identities. Policies, Societies, Spaces (IPSE)


Main axes of research

IPSE is a multi- and transdisciplinary research unit studying society and its developments over time and space. It responds to the needs of the Luxembourgish society to reflect upon itself, in order to understand the important evolutions that society is currently experiencing in its double context of the Greater Region and the European Union.

The unit brings together researchers from the fields of history, geography and spatial planning, literature and linguistics, the arts, philosophy, political and social sciences. The main objective is to study, in a comparative way, the construction of new identities seen as a plural and dynamic concept as well as its correlations with diversity and integration.

Luxembourg with its quite heterogeneous society, a challenge but also an opportunity, could in this way be a unique test case in the European area.

Research is structured in two overarching research programmes:

  • “Luxembourg Studies” provides a more enlightened understanding of the future evolution of culture, linguistic, social, political and economic of Luxembourg, by studying issues such as interculturality, multilingualism, migration and diversity, social cohesion and equity, gender and changes in values and references;
  • “European Governance” provides a comparative approach at the European level on the questions of social cohesion and identities, social construction of spaces and borders, decision-making processes and legitimisation as well as the place of Europe in the world.

Current research projects

The Research Unit IPSE has currently about 60 research projects covering the different disciplines represented in IPSE (History, Political Science, Sociology, German, French and Luxembourgish Language and Literature, Geography and Spatial Planning, Arts, Philosophy and Gender Studies). They concern themselves, partly from an interdisciplinary perspective, with crucial social issues pertaining to Luxembourg, the Greater Region and Europe. Furthermore, the numerous research activities also include collaboration in the framework of several international networks on a European level.

For further information please consult the website under the following link: (-> research)


Resources and collaborations


  • Archives and libraries with electronic databases
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Products and services

  • Know-how and expertise in more than 10 disciplines from the humanities and social sciences
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods

Major partnerships and collaborations

AGORA; Dexia; CEPS/INSTEAD; Ministry of the Interior and Territorial Planning; Ministry of Higher Education and Research; Ministry for Equal Opportunities; Chambre des Députés, Public Research Centre - Henri Tudor; Public Research Centre - Gabriel Lippmann; universities (in Luxembourg and abroad); cultural institutions; several associations.

Human resources

  • 98 Researchers (Prof., ass. Prof., Post-docs, PhD)
  • 59 Doctoral students and students
  • 0 Engineers
  • 0 Technicians
  • 11 Other

Business sector(s)

  • Human and Social Sciences


Identities. Policies, Societies, Spaces (IPSE)
Campus Walferdange, Route de Diekirch, BP 2, L-7220 Walferdange
Phone: +352 46 66 44 96 67

R&D Contact

Prof. SCHULZ Christian
Professor and Head of Research Unit IPSE
Phone: +352 46 66 44 63 27

R&D Contact

Prof. GILLES Peter
Professor and Deputy Head of Research Unit IPSE
Phone: +352 46 66 44 63 83

R&D Contact

Ms BATYKO Brigitte
Research facilitator
Phone: +352 46 66 44 96 67

  • Updated 29-06-2015