The research activity within the institute has hinged around four structural programs following three cross-fertilization lines :

Each programme consists of cycles, conferences, seminars and doctoral courses, and also includes activities of the Chairs attached to the programme. Those are led by a group of residents related to the general theme of the programme. The coherence, quality and interdisciplinary nature of planned events are supervised by the programme director. The cycles are the places where residents and AMU researchers—often from AMU LABEXes—meet.

In addition, the aim of the Chairs is to establish stable partnerships with prominent institutions outside AMU; this not only helps ensure the Institute’s sustainability, but also its national and international influence. There are currently eight of them:

Attached to the Programme Global Phenomena and Regulation :

  • Sustainable Development Chair (joined with IRD)
  • Migration Studies Chair (joined with French-American Fulbright Commission)
  • Transregional Studies Chair (joined with EHESS)

Attached to the Programme Crossing Paths - Exploring Interdisciplinarity :

  • Integrated Cancer Research Chair (joined with the Institute Paoli-Calmettes)
  • Langage, Communication and the Brain Chair (joined with ILCB)

Attached to the Programme Mediterranean :

  • « Averroès » Chair on Mediterranean Islam (supported by AMIDEX)
  • « Camus » Chair on Lifestyles in the Mediterranean (supported by AMIDEX)