‘Changing Cultures, Societies and Practices’ hub


  • Analyse the organisational, cultural and institutional issues at stake in the historical transformation of our societies;
  • Understand the dynamics of inequality and the forms of vulnerability that these transformations can bring about in order to lay the foundations for a more inclusive world;
  • Envision the role of Europe in these transformative processes, in particular as a testing ground for new social, cultural and political dynamics.

The evolution of human organizations and institutions is a mark of the historicity of our cultures and societies. This historicity encompasses a dynamic of transformation in which individuals and human collectives, institutions and practices can be both voluntary agents and involuntary inheritors. It is therefore important to take into consideration the creative dimension of change, which can be reflected both in organizational modes marked by innovation and in specific cultural productions. But it is also important to account for the exclusionary effects that these changes can produce when they affect people’s lives by exposing them to new or reinforced forms of vulnerability.

This Hub aims to analyze historical and cultural transformations on the scale of the European continent. It proposes to draw up a map of the vulnerabilities that may result from these changes in order to develop, in a reflexive and critical manner, adapted and innovative responses, making it possible to build a more inclusive world. Europe is indeed rich in its diversity but must confront the inequalities and vulnerabilities that cut across it and threaten it. The Hub also offers a stimulating plateform of reflexion on a regional level with the Rev 3 initiative and on an European level with the launch of the European Alliance, InclusU.

Finally, it draws on the converging research skills in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences in Lille. These skills are used to develop multidisciplinary studies shedding light on the stakes and challenges of the contemporary world and offering decision-support tools for NGOs, socio-economic and political actors.

Research clusters:

Graduate programme

MetroFORUM – Chair for metropolitan transitions



Coordinator: Philippe SABOT (STL)