The Institute for Area and Global Studies (IAGS) is affiliated with the College of Humanities. Its research and teaching activities take root in local realities across diverse contexts. They contribute to bring forward the socio-cultural, political and economic dimension at EPFL. The Institute’s main objective is to prepare students to professionally engage with in an emerging country, by providing them with tools to better understand non-Western societies and cultures.
The Institute aims to foster co-operation with the different EPFL faculties and to promote scientific exchange within the EPFL community at large.
IAGS consists of a pluridisciplinary team, covering different research fields at the interface between area studies and global studies. IAGS members are specialized on Russia, China, Latin America and Sub-Saharian Africa, while situating their research in the global geopolitical context. They are responsible for the Minor STAS (Science, Technology and Area Studies).
In both its teaching (Minor STAS, semester projects) and research activities the Institute mobilizes a network of international partnerships, both with academic institutions, international organizations and private companies.
Research fields at IAGS address a series of themes related to contemporary Asian and Russian societies and their economies. They explore the socio-political, cultural, economic, and technological dimensions of their emergence at the global level.
Projects cover heritage and cultural policies, creative industries, innovation and technology. For more information: IAGS research.
In its research activities IAGS also seeks to facilitate cross-fertilization of ideas between different disciplines, both within and beyond social sciences.