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    The associated partners cover five continents and all the topics related to the three Majors. They increase the academic networks but also the potential employer networks in several sectors. They offer a wide set of academic and professional opportunities to the students :

    • the academic associated partners are institutions where students can spend the Semester 4 (Master's thesis period). They provide key knowledge, skills and competences and participate in joint supervision of the Master’s thesis. They also offer courses to visiting students and may contribute to the courses at the different EPOG+ partner institutions. The associate partners do not award degrees within the EPOG+ programme;
    • the non-academic associated partners may participate in EPOG+ activities (e.g. teaching, seminars and supervision of students), provide internship opportunities, and contribute to networking activities or EPOG+ funding.

    The academic institutions located in Paris form the Paris hub. They offer more opportunities for students to benefit from more tailored courses and expert supervisors in the various specialisations. The associated partnets from the Paris hub are:

    The CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers) is a higher education institution founded in 1794. It will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ courses and/or seminars in Paris especially on “Social intervention and development”, “Social and solidarity economy” and the articulation between economic policies and social and environmental stakes.

    The ENS Paris Saclay (École Normale Supérieure de Paris Saclay - formerly ENS Cachan) is a leading institution founded in 1912. It trains future researchers and faculty members, with an emphasis on fundamental issues connected to practical, industrial, technological, economic and social subjects of interest. It will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ courses and/or seminars in Paris especially on the areas of research developed at the IDHES (Institutions and Historical Dynamics of Economics and Society), including knowledge,s ocioeconomic, development economics and European economics.

    Founded in 1795, The INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales) teaches and conducts research on the languages of Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa and the indigenous peoples of the Americas, through disciplines such as geography, history, anthropology, economics, sociology, political and social sciences. Inalco hosts 14 research teams, half of which are run jointly with the French research organizations CNRS and IRD. The teachings and research of Inalco bring unique expertise on the contemporary world. INALCO will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ courses and/or seminars in Paris especially on the development and transformations of Eastern European countries.

    The IMT Business School (Institut Mines-Télécom Business School) is one of 13 graduate schools in the Institut Mines-Telecom, one of France’s major educational and research establishments focused on engineering. IMT BS has been recognised for its dual expertise in management and in information and communication technologies (ICT). It will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ courses and/or seminars in Paris especially on innovation and the digital transition.

    The University Paris 8 has been founded as an experimental academic centre in Vincennes after "mai 68". It has become a major teaching and research centre for humanities, social sciences and arts in Paris area. It was a pioneer in fields that were usually not approached by other French universities: psychoanalysis, urban planning, geopolitics, cinema, plastic arts, gender studies. It will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ courses and/or seminars in Paris especially in the field of digital labour and the theory of Commons.

    The University Paris 13 is multidisciplinary university which acts as a key player in the “Condorcet” Campus of Excellence in social sciences (including the best national institutions in the field). Its economics research centre (CEPN) is worldwide renown for its heterodox approaches to economics and was the initial founder of the EPOG Erasmus Mundus Master’s course. The university will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ courses and/or seminars in Paris especially in the fields of macroeconomics, innovation economics and industrial economics.

    The University Paris Est - Marne la Vallée is an multidisciplinary institution created in 1991. It is leading the Research, innovation and society Institute of the Paris region (IFRIS) and the Laboratory of Excellence – Science Innovation and Technology in Society (LabEx SITES) which includes in particular the UTC and the University of Paris. It will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ courses and/or seminars in Paris especially on the sociology of science and the social and solidarity economy.

    The programme includes also associated partners from 5 continents (Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa) bringing complementary specialisations. They cover all the EPOG+ areas. They are recognised worldwide for their original approach of economics, which takes account of the role of the institutions, historical paths, sociological perspectives, the systemic dimensions of the economic regimes...

    Aalborg University (Dennmark) is a world-renowned research university in particular for its pedagogical structure based on problem-centred, real-life projects of educational and research relevance. It will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ bringing an expertise in the fields of heterodox economics, innovation, macroeconomics, sustainable development, and Social Data Science.

    Hitotsubashi University (Japan) is a national university corporation located in Tokyo and founded in 1875. It is the only university in Japan to specialise exclusively in the humanities and social sciences. HU’s educational strength is its focus on small-group education through seminars which keeps class sizes small and allows students to work closely with the faculty. It will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ bringing an expertise especially on industrial policy, the digital economy and the economics of knowledge, innovation.

    Kingston University (United-Kingdom) is one of the largest universities in the South East of England. As well as contributing to the community, KU prides itself on its sustainable development and ranks near the top of the People and Planet’s Green League Table. Its Political Economy Research Group is one of Britain's leading political economy research centres in the field of economics. The university will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ bringing an expertise especially on money and finance, growth and development, and political economy.

    Kyungpook National University (South-Korea) is one of the best universities in Korea. It is dedicated to the modernization and development of society. The mission of the graduate department of economics in KNU is to train globally competitive economic experts with refined analytical skills. It will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ bringing its strong pluralist and heterodox tradition in economics (from behavioral economics, evolutionary economics, post-Keynesian economics, Marxian economics, institutional economics, to the economics of inequality) and its expertise on Asian economy.

    The National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (Greece) is the oldest and most prestigious Greek academic institution in the field of Technology and Engineering. On the border between engineering and the economy, the Laboratory of Industrial and Energy Economics (LIEE) conducts multidisciplinary research around the study of the structure, the organization, the operation, and the development of the industrial system, as well as the study of industrial policy. The research interests of the Laboratory also include energy savings and related problems, from the technical, economical, and environmental points of view, with application to an industrial unit or a settlement. The university will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ bringing an expertise especially on economic topics related to the industry and energy: policy and strategy research focusing on the study of innovation, research networks, knowledge flows, firm’s dynamic capabilities and resources, industrial sectors, knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship, public procurement, international competitiveness as well as ICTs, new emerging industries, energy and environment.

    The New School (USA) is a graduate institution in the heart of New-York City. Its Economics Department offers rigorous, high-quality training for young scholars that emphasizes the history of economics, political economy, and economic history, and includes Keynesian, Post-Keynesian, Marxist, structuralist, and other heterodox approaches in conjunction with a critical and informed education in mainstream neoclassical economics. The New School will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ bringing an expertise especially in the fields just named.

    The Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) (Estonia) is the only technological public university in Estonia and the flagship of Estonian engineering and technology education. The research at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance (RND) – the unit responsible for EPOG+ associated partnership – focuses in two main fields: “Public Administration and Management” and “Innovation Policy and Technology Governance”. Throughout the two fields, RND specializes uniquely into interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of public policy and implementation. Their research looks at how policies are implemented and how the implementation processes feed back into policy making and in fact change policies. It will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ by bringing an expertise on the digital transition at the societal, governmental and economy level

    The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) (Brazil) is one of the three top universities in Brazil. The “Instituto de Economia” offers three graduate programmes with a strong tradition in interdisciplinary approaches to economics (and particularly “Public policy, strategies and development” and “International political economy”). The hallmark of the academic environment in the Instituto de Economia is a strong commitment to pluralism. Its students have many opportunities to learn and compare a variety of theoretical approaches. The university will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ bringing an expertise especially in the fields of development, and industrial and environmental policies, with a particular focus on emerging Latin-American countries.

    The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) (Mexico) is the largest university in Latin America. The EPOG+ associated partnership with UNAM is primarily linked to the program for Asian and African Studies. The purpose of this program is to create an interdisciplinary research group which carries out studies that strengthen the links between Mexico, Asia and Africa. This then allow to create the necessary knowledge that allows reflection on the existing problems in Asia and Africa, and thereby contribute with solutions, as well as to prevent similar problems in Mexico. The university will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ bringing an expertise especially on these topics.

    The University of Bordeaux (France) is one of the top multidisciplinary French universities. In the field of economics, the GREThA (Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théoretique et Appliquée) is a research institute - joint with CNRS (the National Centre for Scientific Research) organized around 3 programs: “Innovation, Science, Industry”; “Dynamics of ecosystems: Environment, Cities, Complexity”; and “Inequalities, Development, and Mondialisation”. GRETHA is responsible of Master’s programmes in “Economics of Innovation”, “Environmental economics”, “Economics of Development”, and “Finance”. The university will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ by bringing an expertise primarily in the fields of industrial economics, economics of science and innovation (including migration and innovation), and economics of intellectual property (including patenting in developing countries).

    The University of Geneva (Swiss) is one of leading Swiss institutions of higher education, founded in 1559. Its faculty of social sciences is committed to exploring the challenges of contemporary societies: economic and cultural globalization; shifting political and social identities; individual and collective vulnerability, social and spatial inequality. This faculty promotes social commitment to sustainable and equitable development, reduced social inequality – particularly with regard to gender – and institutions and political systems that are more participatory and respectful of justice and diversity. Within that faculty, the Department of History, Economics, and Society is engaged in research and teaching that offers a pluralistic view of the economy, using concepts and methods from economics and other social sciences, as well as from history. The university will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ bringing an expertise especially on the history of economic thought, the economic history, the theories of capitalism and the theories of innovation.

    The University of Campinas (UNICAMP) (Brazil) is among the very best universities in Latin America. It is responsible for 8% of Brazil's articles in scientific journals. UNICAMP has a particular concern in giving access for high quality studies to a very diversified population, having special admission processes for Afro-Brazilians, for the Native Population and for Refugees. The Institute of Economics has an international reputation due to its pluralist approach in both teaching and making researches in economics. The university will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ bringing an expertise especially on industry and technology, finance, labour and social questions, agriculture and environment, regional and urban development, among other fields. It may also bring expertise to students willing to learn or develop researches within ECLAC's core-periphery approach.

    The University of Greenwich (United-Kingdom) is a long established multidisciplinary academic institution. It has been founded in 1890, and now it stands with three different campuses. The Business School offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in economics. According to The Economist, the Business school is one out of just four institutions in the entire UK leading for changes in economics curricula. In 2018, it has been ranked among top five institutions for economic subjects in London as to students’ satisfaction and graduate prospects. It will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ bringing an expertise especially on political economy, governance, finance, and accountability.

    The University of Leeds (United-Kingdom) is one of the largest research-intensive universities in the UK, engaged in an exceptionally diverse range of disciplines. The economics division within the Business School is ranked in the top six economics programs in the UK for teaching excellence, and its members are renowned for research in areas including financialization, international economics, macroeconomic policy, development, and methodology. The Applied Institute for Research in Economics (AIRE) fosters and develops excellent disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in economics that is characteristically policy-relevant, realistic and pluralistic. AIRE is at the forefront of attempts to broaden, deepen, and make increasingly pluralistic, economics research and teaching. The university will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ bringing an expertise especially in those fields.

    The University of Massachusetts - Amherst (UMass) (USA) is a world-renowned research university. Its department of economics offers courses in a wide range of areas including macroeconomics, microeconomics, international economics, development, and political economy. It is widely regarded as a centre of excellence for the study of a spectrum of perspectives including a pluralistic approach of economics. Graduates from the department have found jobs in private industry, academic institutions and research bodies. The university It will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ bringing an expertise especially in the fields of inequality and poverty, economic growth and employment, financial crisis and regulation, globalisation and trade, with a special focus on North-America.

    The National University of Quilmes (Argentina) is a young university (founded in 1989). In the field of economy, UNQ is specialized in issues related to economics and international trade and economic development. At the graduate level, the university offers a Master's Degree in International Business and a PhD in Economic Development. Its teaching and researchers staff meets high qualifications and accredits quality production in these areas. In particular, the Doctorate in Economic Development, established in 2014, has received wide recognition at national and regional level. The university will host students during Semester 4 and contribute to EPOG+ bringing an expertise especially on Latin American development.

    The programme includes international organisations and organisation with global reach bringing highly qualified and world-renowned expertise in one or more fields related to the EPOG+ Majors.

    The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) is a public and solidarity-based development bank with a mandate to help France’s partners along the pathway towards this world in common. It operates in a number of sectors (energy, health, biodiversity, water, urban planning, training) and offers a wide range of financial and non-financial services. Its priorities? Fight against climate change and poverty, and help stabilize fragile or post-crisis countries to fight against. AFD is a central actor in France’s development policy and supports States, companies, local authorities and NGOs. It builds synergies with them to catalyze, feed into and disseminate innovative solutions that benefit people. Through its network of 85 agencies, AFD operates in 108 countries, where it is currently financing, monitoring and supporting over 2,500 development projects. Thanks to its network of researchers and experts, it also participates in the public policy dialogue, shares its know-how, and raises awareness of development and international solidarity issues. It brings theoretical and field experience in the areas of the three EPOG+ Majors (in particular in finance, development, innovation and the ecological transition).

    The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations established by the Economic and Social Council Resolution 106(VI) of 25 February 1948.  ECLAC’s mandate is to contribute to the economic and social development of Latin America and the Caribbean and to undertake activities related to production, productivity and management, international trade and integration, economic development, social development, sustainable development and human settlements, and natural resources and infrastructure, among other issues.  ECLAC’s mission is to reinforce the economic and social ties among countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and that of the region with other economies around the world. The 2030 Agenda places people at its core and aims to achieve a rights-based sustainable development under a renewed global partnership. Poverty eradication and addressing inequalities are central in the new Agenda, and are key priorities for Latin America and the Caribbean. ECLAC brings to EPOG+ its skills in development economics and its deep knowledge of South and Central America.

    The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) is the independent research and training centre of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). It is a non-profit international association who received receives financial support from the European Union. The ETUI conducts studies on socio-economic topics and industrial relations and monitors European policy developments of strategic importance for the world of labour. The overall purpose of ETUC is to support social dialogue and promote a social Europe. To support, strengthen and stimulate the European trade union movement, the ETUI provides independent fact-based analysis and original research on issues of importance for the social dimension of Europe. The ETUI conducts studies and researches on macroeconomics and social policies in Europe, industrial relations and health and safety at work in Europe. It creates bridges between the academic sphere, the world of research and the trade union movement in order to encourage independent research on topics of decisive relevance to the world of labour. It provides the ETUC and its affiliates with programmes and exchanges that strengthen the European trade union identity. The ETUI provides technical assistance in the field of health and safety with a view to achieving a high level of occupational health and safety protection for workers throughout Europe. The ETUI research’s allows linking several themes that are treated within the EPOG+ programme: the analysis of economic crisis and socioeconomic transition, the sustainable development, the industrial policy and digital transition, the analysis of labour market and the future of the EU.

    The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to developing and sharing the ideas that can repair the economy, in the wake of financial crisis of 2009, and create a more equal, prosperous, and just society. The INET conduct and commission research, convene forums for exchanging ideas, develop curricula, and nurture a global community of young scholars to meet current and future challenges. One of the main objectives of the INET is to build a global community of new economic thinkers through their grantees and research networks, partnerships with leading universities and institutions, high-profile events, and growing student movements. Their works are grounded in history and are multidisciplinary. INET researchers’ start from the principle that complexity and uncertainty are inherent in economic and financial systems, and they question theories based upon the flawed assumption that humans always behave rationally and predictably. The topics addressed by INET are highly relevant with all those taught in the EPOG+ programme: the relationship between finance and the broader economy, inequality and distribution, the economics of innovation, and environment and resource sustainability.


    The Intercontinental network for the promotion of social solidarity economy (RIPESS) includes actors and networks from every continent. It coordinates the promotion of social solidarity economy (SSE) practices, policies and culture around the world, through its member networks and organisations. The inherent nature of RIPESS includes the objective of contributing to systemic, transformative change. It does this by demonstrating how much SSE contributes in terms of real answers at local level to the existing system that is clearly showing its limits. RIPESS members believe in the importance of the globalisation of solidarity, and the ability to build and strengthen an economy that places people and planet at the centre of its activities. RIPESS Europe – its European continental network - includes 40 sectorial, national and inter-sectorial networks in 16 countries. The network gathers thousands of SSE stakeholders and organizations at the European level, facilitating network inter-cooperation, awareness raising, peer-training and common advocacy. The European team is a coordination of representatives of the networks and is not distributed in several countries. At the academic level, RIPESS has connections with many universities who have Master’s or PhD programmes on SSE, also through the RIUESS (the inter-university network promoting SSE), as well as with student organisations. RIPESS allows EPOG+ to access firms and organisations worldwide covering all the dimensions of the programme but with the perspective of the SSE.

    TheAIRnet (Academic-Industry Research network) is a not-for-profit research organization devoted to the proposition that a sound understanding of the dynamics of industrial development requires collaboration between academic scholars and industry experts. TheAIRnet engages in up-to-date, in-depth, and incisive research and commentary on issues related to industrial innovation and economic development in order to understand the ways in which, through innovation, businesses and governments can contribute to equitable and stable economic. As a research organization, it performs systematic scholarly research. The funding for their research comes from public and private agencies that seek contributions to knowledge about how and under what conditions the operation of the economy can result in stable and equitable growth – and what can be done to reform its operation when it does not. TheAIRnet brings an expertise to EPOG+ in the fields of innovation and university-industry relations.


    The French Nation Commission for Unesco (CNF-Unesco) was created in 1946. It works in close collaboration with the Ministries of National Education, Higher Education and Research; Culture and Communication; Foreign Affairs and International Development; Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy; City, Youth and Sports; of Economy, Industry and Digital. Interface between France and UNESCO, the CNF-Unesco has several missions. Among them: to build a pool of high-level experts, in order to mobilize French expertise for the benefit of UNESCO's action; to serve as a laboratory and forum for the exchange of ideas related to the Organisation's agenda; to be source of proposal to feed and renew UNESCO's programmes; to coordinate and run, at the national level, the networks set up by UNESCO to publicise their programmes; to strengthen cooperation with civil society; to initiate and implement international cooperations in UNESCO's fields of competence. The EPOG+ programme has received the patronage of the the French National Commission at Unesco patronage.

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