Behaviour, organisations and policy evaluation (ECOr)

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The ECOr department is unique in the French academic landscape, at the crossroads of behavioural, organisational and economic sciences. It aims to comprehend the behaviour of individuals and organisations in a complex and changing environment. Understanding and modelling individual and collective behaviours makes it possible to assess the proper functioning of public and private policies with regard to societal objectives (health, employment, poverty, innovation, growth, well-being, etc.).

Researchers at ECOr study human behaviour in a broad sense, integrating different levels of analysis:

  • fundamental behaviour processes
  • interactions between individuals
  • interaction between individuals and organisations/institutions
  • coordination and management processes.

From a normative perspective, researchers also question the proper functioning of public policies (tax and benefit policies, legal policies, incentive policies, etc.), by studying how individuals and organisations react to them. This then allows researchers to assess whether societal objectives are being met (healthcare, return to employment, escape from poverty, access to training, well-being, cultural enrichment, electoral behaviour, social and environmental behaviour of companies, innovation and risk-taking behaviour, etc.).


  • Jean-Marie Cardebat

    Director, University of Bordeaux professor (BSE Laboratory)

  • Martine Derivry

    Assistant Director, University of Bordeaux professor (LACES Laboratory)

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  • Sonia Castrale-Bela

    Departmental Administrative Assistant

  • Maëlys Soualhia

    Scientific Outreach Coordinator


The department's activities are broken down into two areas of focus:

Area 1: Behavioural and organisational science 

Researchers study human behaviour in a broad sense, integrating different levels of analysis:

  • fundamental processes underlying the basic functions of behaviour (e.g. language production and comprehension, memory function, perception, learning, performance, regulation) and social behaviour (e.g. cooperative decision-making and strategies, judgment and discriminatory behaviour, pro-environmental and pro-social behaviour, etc.).
  • interactions between individuals as behavioural insights; interactions examined in regards to networks and peer effects (in education, the working world, innovation, consumption, lifestyles, health, environmental behaviour, etc.) as well as in coordination and management processes.
  • interaction between the individual (at school, at work, as a consumer, citizen-voter, etc.) and institutions/organisations (innovations in the working world, new consumption patterns, nudges and incentives, etc.); study of transitions, risks and changes (environmental, societal, legal) and coping behaviours.

Area 2: Evaluation, public action and global transitions

This area deals with the assessment of the institutional and legal context in which individuals and organisations operate, based on the understanding of behaviours as studied in the first area of focus: concrete institutions (public policies: laws, regulations, etc.), organisations (private initiatives: companies, NGOs, etc.) and abstract institutions (currency, customs, norms, etc.). The area also focuses on the impact of these institutions and policies on aggregate behaviour/measures (employment, inequality, well-being, etc.).

There are various levels of analysis:          

  • evaluation of regional or national public policies (health, education, training, culture, tax and benefits, labour market and pensions, environment, energy, sustainable development, etc.)
  • evaluation of private initiatives or the impact of institutions on private companies and organisations (training, consumption patterns, innovation and R&D, competition and market regulation, legal and fiscal standards for companies, circular economy and the impact of globalisation, productivity, etc.)
  • evaluation of global transitions and the supranational framework (climate policies and agreements, European policies on education, employment, integration and solidarity, financial and fiscal regulation at the international level, trade agreements and international  trade, international aid and development policies, infrastructure and transport, monetary policy, etc.)

Major Research Programmes (GPRs)

Major Research Programme is headed by this department:

  • HOPE - Understanding Human Well-being and Behaviour for better Policies & Societies coordinated by Olivier Bargain, University of Bordeaux professor in Larefi (Laboratoire d'analyse et de recherche en économie et finance internationales - University of Bordeaux)
    Other research departments involved: Social sciences of sontemporary changes (CHANGES), Law and social transformations and Public health.
    Other establishments involved: BSE, LabPsy, BPH, Comptrasec & Irgo.

The department is also associated with two other GPRs:

It is also associated with two Impulsion Research Networks (RRI):

Key figures

  • 365


    of which 135 are doctoral students

  • 4

    hosting teams

  • 2

    doctoral schools

Organisation and partners

Departmental units

Ce département est composé de 5 unités dont 4 en rattachement principal et 1 unité en rattachement secondaire.

Unités en rattachement principal

Unité en rattachement secondaire


Conseil de composante

Il est composé de 21 membres, dont 12 enseignants-chercheurs et chercheurs, 4 personnels BIATSS/ITA, 4 doctorants et post-doctorants et 1 personnalité extérieure.

Conseil scientifique

Il est composé de 4 personnalités scientifiques (1 par unité, sur proposition par le directeur de chaque unité et vote en conseil de laboratoire).


Plateforme pédagogique « Financement » (responsable. Y. Jégourel)


  • Institut des sciences de la vigne et du vin (ISVV)
  • Institut de santé publique, d'épidémiologie et de développement (ISPED)


Behavioural sciences, organisational sciences, cognitive sciences, psychology, economics, management, educational sciences, science and technology of physical activities and sports, languages and cultures, information and communication sciences, anthropology, ethology, history, sociology