The African Center for Behavioral Sciences is part of UM6P’s Humanities, Economics and Social Sciences research centers. The objective of this center is to deploy recent developments in behavioral sciences to conduct research on social, economic, political, cultural or environmental issues that are at the heart of public policies at the national level and, more largely in Africa. Behavioral Sciences - understood here in a very broad sense, which includes sociology - have undergone a boom in recent decades. Today, offer a rich range of new methods and tools to identify stakeholders' opinions, beliefs, desires and ways of reasoning, to anticipate reactions to policy measures and to determine the actual consequences they can lead to on a collective level. In doing so, they provide the means to rigorously identify measures in order to effectively meet the goals of public policy. They make it possible to accurately grasp local specificities, and thus avoid importing reflections or solutions designed for contexts other than those in Africa.
The research carried out in the Center is structured in Labs, in tight teams focused on a specific question, on a well-defined field, and proceeding by experimenting in vivo the possible solutions to the problems raised. This research is conducted with a concern for methodological rigor and intellectual openness, beyond disciplinary divisions or schools of thought. These Labs are intended to bring together internationally recognized researchers as well as young researchers, post-docs or PhD students. Through this research structure, the objective is to collect data intended to be published in media respecting international academic standards, on the one hand, and to propose direct answers to the current challenges of public policies in Africa, on the other. The Center is currently addressing the themes of sustainable ecological development, integrated urban development, education and educational systems.
M. Dominique GuilloScientific Coordinator