Research focus

In the past fifteen years, the various units of the Université Catholique de Lille have made a major effort to structure and strengthen research activities. A Vice-Presidency in charge of research has been established, along with a research council which became a statutory committee in 2017. Since 2012, inter-institutional cooperation has been stimulated in particular by breakthrough in three strategic areas that share a focus on human well-being in contemporary society:

•    innovative ecosystems; 
•    energy and social transition; 
•    ethics and new socio-economic models. 

Key figures of research at Université Catholique de Lille


700 teacher-researchers, researchers, and medical staff

220 PhD students

15 research institutions and units

15 research chairs installed 

17 research platforms and resources.

The 15 research institutions and units include 1 Delegation for Clinical Research and Innovation, and 7 research teams endorsed by the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), one of which, “ETHICS” (Ethics on experiment, Transhumanism, Human Interactions, Care & Society), is entirely dedicated to ethical issues
Most of the University’s workforce can be found in the city of Lille itself, or within the larger European Metropole. Teacher-researchers, researchers, and PhD students from very different backgrounds mingle easily together. Aside from veterinary sciences, dentistry, and architecture, the University is complete in terms of academic disciplines.
The University's varied institutions cooperate in an ambitious program of disciplinary hybridization, developing both disciplinary and multidisciplinary research units. Much of the research activity is empirical in nature, driven by contemporary economic, social, and environmental concerns. The University’s Foundation plays an important role as a link between research and the socio-economic world. 

The goals: 

  • To produce first-class knowledge, disseminated both nationally and internationally.
  • To provide expertise to civil society, public institutions, and the economic fabric of the region and beyond. In the context of strong interaction with the social, economic, and cultural environment, this second objective falls within the University’s mission of service to society, to business, and to those in need of care.
  • To give students the benefit of new knowledge and scientific discoveries, which are essential to the quality of training (especially at the Master’s level), and enriching research with all that students themselves can contribute. The ambition is to strengthen the relationship between pedagogy and research.