• Bioeconomy
  • Cultural and creative industries
  • Digital World and Robotics
  • Energy and Environment
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management
  • Transport and Mobility

Societies & Humanities Research Laboratory (LARSH)

Research unit


The Societies & Humanities Research Laboratory brings together researchers in the human and social sciences of the UPHF. It aims to animate and disseminate research on major human and societal issues within and from our University. It engages with stakeholders in the socio-economic and socio-cultural world. It trains research and research students in doctoral thesis.

The laboratory brings together and structures a broad spectrum of disciplines: law, economics, management, sociology, political sciences, history, geography, civilizations, information and communication sciences, sciences and techniques of physical and sports activities, linguistics, literatures, arts.
We seek to deepen knowledge in these disciplines and to cross them in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary work to answer the major questions that work our societies. It is the host structure for PhD students in the human and social sciences, and trains young people who want to make their profession of research and those who want to add this asset to their future career paths. The laboratory works in close collaboration with the École Doctorale Polytechnique Hauts-de-France in the exercise of these missions.



Campus des Tertiales, Rue des Cent Têtes
59313 Valenciennes cedex 9


Societies & Humanities Research Laboratory


Effectif total : 273

Personnel de recherche : 266

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 2



• Conduct of empirical data and assessment and diagnostic methodologies: micro-econometric analysis, field experimentation, spatial analysis, field survey, public policy evaluation

• Legal analysis: analysis of legal instruments: contracts, laws, regulations, directives, treaties); legal foresight; legal advice and management of disputes between natural or legal persons

• Analysis of economic and social practices in their historical context

• Textual, lexical and iconographic analysis of historical, civil, political and legal documents

Example(s) of projects

1. IMP2ULCE Region Project ("Incentive for Clean Mobility, Impact of iMage on Perception and Ternative Uses in Public Authorities and Companies, STIMulE Device) 🡭

2. Project Région APROTER (Programme Agriculture et proximité, gouvernance alimentaire et territoires - Within the framework of the AAP Agricultural Systems and Environment - Led by the UPHF, project involving economists, sociologists and geographers from the CRISS Department, Lille (TVES, CLERSE) and Nantes (ESO), two intercommunalities: the Métropole Européenne de Lille (MEL) and the Communauté d'agglomération du Douaisis (CAD), the Terres en ville association, which brings together local authorities and chambers of agriculture in a network of urban agriculture and food policy stakeholders) 🡭

3. ELSAT 2020 MDI (Sustainable and Inclusive Mobility (MDI) Project in the Transversal Strategic Objective 1 (OST1)) 🡭

4.FEDER project VIMEC (Videomapping European centre 2),

5.ANR MEMO-MINES project 🡭

Example(s) of publications

All our publications 2021-2022 are available here : 🡭

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

National : Projet NVMD IF2RT (Nouveaux modèles et vecteurs de développement pour l'ancien bassin minier du Nord et du Pas-de-Calais - Université d'Artois, Université Gustave Eiffel, Université de Lille), Projet THREpiCO (Tourisme dans les Hauts-de-France face au Risque Epidémique Covid-19 - Université du Littoral, Université de Bretagne, Université de Corse, ISEN Yncréa Ouest - Site de Brest et Comité Régional Hauts-de-France), Projet ANR Endansant ("Une histoire des enseignants en danse, XVIIe-XXe siècles" - Université de Lille, Université de Strasbourg).

International : Projet C2L3PLAY (INTERREG France Wallonie Flandres/FEDER - Université de Mons, Université de Lille), Projet RHS (INTERREG - Espace Environnement de Charleroi et Université de Mons), Projet H2020 COSEO Citizen science (Centre de Recherche en Réseau en Anthropologie (CRIA) de Lisbonne, Université Catholique du Sacré-Coeur à Milan, Institut Max Weber Stiftung de Berlin), Projet Bourse I-Site Trans3 (Université catholique de Louvain et Université du Kent), Chaire Tourisme et Patrimoine (Chaire de recherche du Canada en patrimoine urbain de l'UQAM, CRILCQ de l'Université de Sherbrooke, l'Université de Sfax, Université de Leeds Beckett), Projet ANR MRSEI egID (Brussels Academy, Université de Montréal, Tallinn University of Technology, Universita degli Studi di Bergamo, University of Lisbon), Mission archéologique de Porsuk-Zeyve Höyük en Turquie (L'Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes (IFÉA), USR 3131 (CNRS/Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires Étrangères), Istanbul, Turquie, le laboratoire CRATerre, École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Grenoble (ENSAG), l'Université Hacı Bektaş Veli, Nevşehir, Turquie, l'Université Hacettepe, Ankara, Turquie, l'Université de Pavie, Italie, Projet ERC PALAC de l'Université de Vérone, Italie, l 'Institute for the Study of the Ancient World de l'Université de New York, États-Unis)

Collaborations/Partners/Private Clients

Our partnerships can be found here (2022) : 🡭

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Construction / Architecture / Urban planning / Real Estate
  • Art / Culture
  • Education / Training
  • Science / Research
  • Bank / Insurance / Finance
  • Law / Legal sector

Services provided

Pecquenchanvre, a bio-based project with the municipality of Pécquencourt 🡭

Training offers

All our doctoral seminars are available here : 🡭

Consulting services

Consulting services on all our expertise


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Doctoral schools

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Bioeconomy
    • High-performance and sustainable buildings
    • Sustainable production and mobilization of bioresources
  • Cultural and creative industries
    • Applications, outreach and cognitive sciences
    • Content production: audiovisual, video game, museum...
    • Information design, experience design
    • New ways of learning
    • Tourism, heritage and digital world
    • Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D and 360° Interaction
  • Digital World and Robotics
    • Artificial intelligence, image processing, data science
    • Digital transformation, digital social inclusion
  • Energy and Environment
    • Circular economy
    • Efficient and sustainable buildings (eco-construction, eco-renovation)
    • Observation, monitoring and management of the environment
    • Renewable energies
    • Sustainable cities
  • Health and Nutrition
    • Safe, healthy and sustainable food
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management
    • Digital transformation, organizational agility, digital social inclusion
    • Industrial and territorial ecology
    • Public and European policies
    • Resilience, risk factors and fragility
    • Societal issues, employment, inclusion, social innovation
    • Territories, heritage and culture
  • Transport and Mobility
    • Access to mobility, travel modes
    • Multi-modality, flow management, infrastructure and logistics
    • Reduction of pollution and energy consumption