Leads: Blanche Le Bihan, Béatrice Valdes

The team for Social and Health Policy Inequalities and Populations (POSSIP) counts around 40 members from several disciplines: sociology, political science, demographics, economics and public health.

The research projects of all three thematic hubs making up this multidisciplinary team investigate political, social and organisational issues linked to the health and well-being of populations in western societies:

  • The politics of care in the fields of childhood and loss of autonomy (dependency, long-term care);
  • Analysis of health and social risks, vulnerability and situations of uncertainty;
  • Public health policy and the struggle to combat health inequalities– an area to which health promotion matters have now been introduced.

Cumulative research projects (conducted by several of the team’s researchers over the past 15 years or so) address public policy in the field of childhood, the family and care of vulnerable people – whether this is due to age, a medical condition or disability. Numerous research projects have been conducted on these schemes and policies, from both the national and a comparative, international perspective. The question asked by these research projects particularly concerns change and the actors – political, institutional and professional – of this change, as well as the territorial implementation of the various policy reforms. The research projects conducted also take an interest in the everyday experience of families having to cope with the difficulties raised by supporting a loved one who is vulnerable, reconciling the performance of these tasks with that of their own professional activity, and setting up ‘care arrangements’ by mobilizing a diverse range of both formal and informal resources.

Thanks to its direct link to the professional health sector (particularly via EHESP, the French School of Public Health), the team has a strong claim to authority in terms of research and expertise relating to social and health policy, as well as an appeal that has, in recent years, translated into the recruitment of new members.


On this theme of care, the following research projects are also noteworthy, funded within the context of national and international calls for tenders, and carried out between 2011 and 2016:

  • Project funded by the ANR (French national research agency): WOUPS (WOrkers Under Pressure and Social care)

Work and Care under Pressure. Care Arrangements across Europe, edited by Le Bihan B., Martin C. and Knijn T., Amsterdam and Chicago University Press, 2013.



  • ANR ORA (Open Research Area) POLCHI: Governing new social risks: the case of recent child and parenting support policies in the European welfare state, a comparison across five countries (Germany, UK, the Netherlands, France and Sweden) of emerging parenting support policy

https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01168719v1 and http://www.ehesp.fr/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/POLCHI.pdf

  • ‘COMPARSE’ research: « Comparison of the service provided to the person afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and their carer, via three types of support (platform, day care and control group) », funded by the Fondation Plan Alzheimer


  • « POLIA INLOVE’ project: INtegrated LOng term care for Vulnerable Elderly in Europe (funded by Idex Sorbonne Paris Cité)



The team is currently involved in various projects:

  • ‘DYANA’ project: Professional Dynamics in the Field of the Alzheimer’s

Disease (DYnamiques et recompositions professionnelles autour de la maladie d’Alzheimer ANAlyse qualitative du rôle des professionnels du soin, des nouveaux professionnels et des dispositifs créés par le Plan Alzheimer ») funded by the Fondation Plan Alzheimer


  • ‘HanPsyJe’ project: Disability and Mental Health Problems during the Transition to Adulthood (« Handicap et troubles psychiques lors du passage à l’âge adulte: enjeux des diagnostics et filières de prise en charge », funded by IRESP)


  • ‘European’ project: « Network on quality and cost effectiveness in long-term care and dependency prevention », coordinated by José-Luis Fernandez, London School of Economics


  • ‘CARE’ project: « Comprehensive analysis of care intensity: from care configurations to the meaning of care », coordinated by Isabelle Mallon, Université Lumière Lyon 2 and Blanche Le Bihan, EHESP.
  • ESPN project: European Social Policy Network, coordinated by Eric Marlier and funded by the DG Employment of the European Commission, see http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1135&langId=fr
  • in the disability field, Team 1 is also involved in a major research programme: ‘RICAP’: « Research on the transfer of knowledge for political decision-making in favour of health promotion »


  • « Emploi des personnes handicapées dans la fonction publique” programme, supported for the 4-year period 2012-2016 by FIPHFP (fund for the integration of disabled people to public service workplaces)




The POSSIP team has two research chairs.

Four chairs have been developed.

  • « Social Care – Social & Health Matters EHESP » Research Chair (Holder: Claude Martin).

http://www.ehesp.fr/research/organisation-de-larecherche/les-chaires/chaire-lien-social-et-sante/, which came to an end in December 2015 (see https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-01174849v1)

Chaire de recherche en prévention des cancers INCa/IReSP/EHESP

  • A new CNAF-EHESP chair on « Childhood, well-being and parenting » is to be created for a 3-year period from 2017
Réalisation : Yann Le Sager - Zen At Work/Studio Ricom