Christine Musselin is CNRS Director of Research affiliated with the Centre d’Etudes Européennes since 2010 and with LIEPP since 2012. She was CSO Director from February 2007 to may 2013, and is Dean of research at Sciences Po since May, 2013. At LIEPP she co-directs the "Higher Education and Research" Research Group.
For many years, Christine Musselin has directed a comparative research program of higher education systems at the CSO.
Over time, three overarching perspectives have been developed, each one corresponding to a larger theoretical framework:
- university governance as part of a larger debate about organization and decision theories;
- public authorities' steering of higher education systems within a broader analysis of public policies;
- the academic labor market through the lens of labor economics and sociology, and also through the prism of research on judgment.
Over the past years, Christine Musselin has explored these three areas of research with a group of doctoral students who participate in the program. She has been particularly involved in the third area of research, which led to the publication, in October 2005, of a book called Le marché des universitaires. France, Allemagne, Etats-Unis , published by Sciences Po Press, and in 2008 a book published by La Découverte, in the Repères collection, called Les universitaires .
She has broadened her research perspectives through participation in the PRIME network, which brings together research on higher education with that on innovation and research systems.