As is the case with all university institutes, research is one of the cornerstones of IDHEAP. It permits our lecturers and researchers to develop and update their knowledge, and enriches the content of the courses we offer. In addition, research also assists students thanks to the inclusion of case studies, and opens up fields of analysis to students working for a PhD in Public Administration.

The IDHEAP teaching and research units continuously participate in basic research projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (FNS) or in R&D financed by the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI), or the European Union (four-year Information Society Technologies framework programmes). Some research also receives support from programmes such as Swiss Virtual Campus, the Interreg fund (European Cross-border Cooperation), or COST (European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research). Part of the research work carried out at IDEHAP is financed by consulting or experts’ fees.

Research at IDHEAP is carried out in the teaching and research units :

- Swiss administration and institutional policy
- Public finances
- Public management and marketing
- Public management/Human resources
- Public management /Information systems
- Local policy/Evaluation
- Public policies/Environment
- Public policy/Europe
- Social policy

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