Research training through research
The CIHEAM Montpellier doctoral platform is the natural extension of its research and teaching missions.
Via its doctoral platform, the CIHEAM Montpellier provides supervision for doctoral theses on a wide range of themes in the fields of economics, social sciences, agricultural sciences, geopolitics and sustainable production and consumption.
The research activity has been an integral part of life at the CIHEAM Montpellier since 1978, with a first contract concluded with the European Commission examining the agricultural and food-related characteristics of the Mediterranean countries. Initially focussing almost entirely on expertise, it gradually evolved towards more academic and applied research primarily intended for public decision-makers. In 2006, it was endowed with a Mediterranean doctoral platform.
The research work falls under the aegis of a single laboratory called LAMES (Laboratoire d’accueil Méditerranéen en Economie et Sciences sociales). The scientific activities of research and education through research are coordinated by a permanent team consisting of 8 members of teaching-research staff who work in partnership with several institutions both in Montpellier and abroad. The primary remit of these permanent members of staff is that of providing training and higher education, while there is also a strong emphasis on the other missions of research, expertise and international cooperation.
This team is joined by the doctoral students of the CIHEAM Montpellier doctoral platform, many of whom are involved in the Institute’s activities and research projects.
Development for cooperation
The CIHEAM Montpellier's Development activity is structured around a permanent team and associated experts recruited as part of the projects.
Through our development cooperation programs:
- We mobilize participatory approaches to create synergies between local and regional actors, as well as field operators and decision-makers.
- We are consolidating dialogue and strengthening know-how.
- We support and accompany innovation in the service of a more inclusive and sustainable economy. The priority issue is the creation of jobs with high social and environmental value, by ensuring synergies between actors and sectors and designing smart solutions capable of meeting the challenges faced by agriculture and the rural and coastal areas of the Mediterranean.