Mohammed VI Polytechnic University aims to provide novel and effective responses to African public policy issues by drawing on a wide range of intellectual resources from across the humanities. Clearly, responding effectively to public policy issues requires taking up the issues themselves, rather than working within a specific discipline with its methodological and theoretical boundaries.
This principle has guided an organization of the research into a single entity, which houses all research projects of the Faculty: The Africa Institute for Research in Economics and Social Sciences (AIRESS). The institute provides a shared space for researchers, one which fosters the creation of research areas that address specific research questions in a focused way.
This way of looking at research allows space for research projects of all kinds, combining a range of methods and disiciplines and ensuring that Ph.D. students play an important role in research teams.
It also encourages real, effective interdisciplinarity, since public policy questions are very often complex, including economic, political, social, behavioral and even historical dimensions.
By encouraging collaboration, this shared space bolsters the innovation and flexibility needed to ensure high-quality research and organizational adaptability for the future. The research programs that make up the Institute are, by their nature, designed with specific functions in mind: responding to clearly defined questions that meet the larger goals of the FGSES and according to a well-defined timeline; responding to public policy needs; and publishing research in top-tier venues with real-world applicability.
The Institute brings together researchers from a broad swath of disciplines, including, among others, economics, sociology, international relations, psychology, history, law, and philosophy. Through collaborations across these areas, its can be an exemplar of real, effective interdisciplinarity.
In addition, this consolidation of research groups offers visibility to research at the FGSES both for public policy decision-makers and for the academic community by offering a single affiliation for research publications.
Finally, such an organization can figure as the centerpiece in a broader edifice of knowledge production and decision-making, with four central pillars:
This vast structure will allow for multifaceted and fruitful ties between its parts, a mutual dependence which will help the whole to face up to complexity of our world. Each of these pillars strengthens and speeds development in the others.