Research at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University

A member of the Université de Lyon – Community of Universities and Institutions (COMUE), Jean Moulin University is dedicated to the humanities and social sciences. It welcomed more than 27,000 students (including 4,600 international students) in 2020 and its six Faculties and Institutes offer a wide range of courses in the major humanities and social sciences disciplines, including 51 Master’s degrees and 37 doctoral programmes :
  • Lyon 3 University training offer : to prepare their PhD at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University, doctoral students are trained in seven doctoral schools (Doctoral studies).
In the research field, and to respond to today’s social challenges, 19 research units (Research Units and Networks), comprising more than 500 doctoral students and nearly 500 associate and full professors, cover a broad range of humanities and social sciences fields: from law to management science, from history and geography to information and communication sciences, from philosophy to the urban and social environment, and from literature to languages and cultures.

Our university is a major regional, national and international player in the university and socio-professional environment and develops research where high-quality, subject-specific skills feed the thought processes and solutions relating to the major social challenges of our time.
This research development is performed internationally in collaboration with the major partner universities of the International Alliance of the Université de Lyon.
In the context of our rapidly changing societies, our university brings its top-quality fundamental scientific skills and long-term vision, and combines them with the pragmatism of the business world in a resolutely project-oriented approach. The university’s determination to promote the mobility of students and researchers is achieved through numerous partnerships around the world and via scientific cooperation projects with foreign universities.

With three university campuses located in the heart of Lyon and Bourg-en-Bresse, the university offers a high-quality study and research environment in which 700 administrative staff and 2,200 part-time teaching staff work alongside the research staff.
Benefiting from the geographical position and the diversity of the economic, cultural and sporting infrastructures of the Greater Lyon area – itself at the natural crossroads of major European communication routes – Jean Moulin University offers an attractive and dynamic setting for study and research.

Areas of focus

Jean Moulin University contributes to the societies of tomorrow by focusing on three main fields :
  • Bio-health and society
  • Science and engineering
  • Humanities and urbanity
Our research units are involved in each of these fields, co-constructing multidisciplinary projects and moving beyond the boundaries of the humanities and social sciences by combining health, ecology, innovation, entrepreneurship, transculturality, urban worlds, and even collective memories of the traumas of our contemporary societies.