Our research partnerships connect researchers and public - or private - sector partners to explore new areas of research, improve the relevance of research in economics and provide new means for carrying out and disseminating academic work.
- producing high-level academic research on key topics of common interest to academics and partners;
- bringing academic insights to practitioners to help corporations, NGOs, governmental bodies, and regulatory institutions make well-informed decisions.
Building on a strong international reputation and its in-house expertise, TSE has been developing long-lasting partnerships in a wide range of fields: digital, energy and climate, health, infrastructure & networks, sustainable finance, often with a special focus on issues related to regulation.
« Our close collaborations with industry players and policymakers over the past thirty years have helped us become one of the world's top research centers in economics and quantitative social sciences.”
Jean Tirole, Scientific Director, TSE-P
Our approach to research partnerships is underpinned by three core principles:
1. Pursuing ambitious research
We collaborate with others with the ambition to produce leading ground-breaking research, and thus contribute to the academic excellence of TSE and to the advancement of knowledge.
2. Developing economic knowledge for the common good
Our ultimate goal is to develop economic knowledge for the common good. In the context of research partnerships, researchers address key economic and social issues, with the ambition of designing and sharing solutions that can have a positive impact on society. By partnering with others, we want to increase the relevance, the reach and the impact of research.
3. Maintaining the highest standards of independence and integrity
In our research partnerships, we take our commitment to academic independence, integrity, and freedom very seriously. Researchers are solely responsible for the choice of research issues and methods, data acquisition, interpretation of findings, communication, and publication. Compliance with these principles does not conflict with the desire of researchers to be open to discussion on research matters with partners. Researchers involved in research partnerships indeed appreciate and welcome comments and suggestions that can help improve the relevance of their research.
Research partnerships at TSE are undertaken within the TSE-Partnerships Foundation (TSE-P), which operates under the aegis of the TSE - Jean-Jacques Laffont Foundation and in collaboration with the School of economics and quantitative social sciences.
TSE-P provides support at all stages of the necessary interactions with the partners. It is also entrusted with managing TSE thematic centers which substantially build on key research advances and outreach activities stemming from research partnerships.
TSE-P is governed by an Executive Committee and led by a Director and a Scientific Director, supported by a team.
- Yassine LEFOUILI, TSE-P Director and Professor, University Toulouse Capitole
- Jean TIROLE, TSE-P Scientific Director
Members of the Executive Committee:
- Pierre MONSAN, TSE-P Executive Committee President, qualified personality
- Hugues KENFACK, Head of the University Toulouse Capitole, representative of the UTC
- Pierre CARLI, Former Chairman of the Board of Caisse d'Epargne Midi-Pyrénées, qualified personality
- Georges MOLINS-YSAL, Professor Emeritus, University Toulouse Capitole, qualified personality
- Pierre MONSAN, Professor Emeritus, INSA Toulouse, qualified personality
- Christian PONCET, Chairman of the Board of Régie Municipale d'Electricité de Toulouse, qualified personality
- Patrick REY, Professor, University Toulouse Capitole, representative of TSE-P researchers
- Sophie BÉJEAN, Rector of the Occitanie academic region, Government representative
Our six thematic centers were formed around wide, overreaching research areas with the scope to cover a range of societal issues.
- TSE Competition Policy & Regulation Center
- TSE Digital Center
- TSE Energy & Climate Center
- TSE Health Center
- TSE Infrastructure & Network Center
- TSE Sustainable Finance Center
Their main objectives are:
- Bring together and foster TSE’s scientific expertise within a given area
- Organize TSE’s contribution to public debate
- Facilitate relations with partners and policymakers
The centers' activities are supported and encouraged by our partners.
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We are extremely grateful to our partners for their support. Whether directed towards TSE thematic centers or other projects or initiatives, their support contributes to the development of innovative research on emerging issues.
- Association Finance Durable et Investissement Responsable (AFDIR) - Research Initiative FDIR
- Autorité de Régulation des Transports (ART)
- Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR)
- Banque Centrale du Luxembourg (BCL)
- Banque de France (BDF)
- Bank of Mauritius (BOM)
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - FIT IN Initiative
- Causality Link
- Electricité de France (EDF)
- Gaz Réseau Distribution France (GRDF)
- Getlink – Initiative for Effective Corporate Climate Action
- Groupement pour l'Élaboration et la Réalisation de Statistiques (GERS)
- Joint Research Centre (JRC)
- La Poste Groupe
- Les Entreprises du Médicament (Leem)
- SCOR Foundation for Science - Risk Markets and Value Creation Chair
- SNCF Réseau
- Bpifrance - PIA (ARPEGE project)
- Institut Louis Bachelier (ILB) with the Risk Foundation and the Institut Europlace Finance
- IUCT - Oncopole
"Join our community of partners and help us develop economic knowledge for the common good !"
Yassine Lefouili, Director, TSE-Partnerships
At TSE, we are passionate about working with partners to define and reach objectives that will positively impact society and the world we live in.
It has been our experience that research partnerships can act as a catalyst for significant research advances (platform economics being one example). By directly confronting academics with the real-world issues that private or public decision-makers need to address, research partnerships add a new dimension to academic research. Academics and partners draw inspiration and creative energy from one another and, by bringing a diversity of perspectives and experiences, our partners contribute to the relevance of academic research.
When joining us, our partners are given the opportunity to:
- Build a privileged and lasting relationship with a team of researchers;
- Encourage independently conducted and validated research on emerging issues of common interest to them and our researchers;
- Create long-term value for society.
Partnership design process
We’ve got a collaborative approach to design our partnerships.
Here are the usual prerequisites for setting up a partnership with us:
- Brainstorm to understand and identify the key issues and challenges;
- Establish roles and expectations, as well as a timeline for research, interactions and communication;
- Formalize the research partnership.
Collaborations can take different forms, such as support to a thematic research center, the creation of a research chair and other specific research initiatives.
Most of our partnerships are covered by gift agreements. In exceptional cases where partnership terms don't align with gift conditions, we enter into specific research contracts, eligible in France with certain limitations for the Research Tax Credit scheme.
Whether with corporations, institutions or foundations, we conceive all our partnerships with the ambition that they will last over the long term. As a result, most of our partners make multi-year commitments to support research at TSE.
A few testimonials
“[…] the TSE-EDF partnership has been able to solve essential issues for the electricity sector, following the pace of the eventful reorganizations of the sector.” Full interview
Charles Weymuller - Chief economist, EDF Group
“In the case of digital technology, the extremely fruitful collaboration between the JRC and TSE dates back several years. […] TSE colleagues are always available to provide advice and expertise […] for specific policy initiatives.” Full interview
Néstor Duch-Brown - Scientific officer and team leader at the Digital Economy Unit of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC)
[…] what's most exciting about TSE is the culture of collective collaboration for intellectual investigation. It is great to see people sitting around on a regular basis talking about topics together and work through the nitty-gritty process of identifying what the real questions are.” Full interview
Seth Garz - Senior Program Officer for Research, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“There are many benefits [of our partnership with TSE]. […] the work carried out feeds our internal reflections and informs the company's strategy. ” Full interview
Claire Borsenberger - Head of the Doctrine and Modeling Department - Regulation, Competition, and Institutional Relations division, La Poste Groupe
“ENGIE wishes to call upon the economic expertise and modelling know-how which TSE can provide. We seek the objectivity of academic work carried out over the long term.” Full interview
Pierre-Laurent Lucille - Chief economist, Engie
Interested in working with us?
We'd love to learn about your priorities and explore partnership options with you.
Our 2022 Activity Report "Research Partnerships and Center" celebrates a busy year of productive interactions with decision-makers.
It is divided into four main sections:
- “2022 AT A GLANCE” including key figures, an overview of recent highlights, and Nobel laureate Jean Tirole’s thoughts on the development, strategy and ambitions of research partnerships;
- “PARTNERSHIP IMPACT: RESEARCH ADVANCES & OUTREACH”, sharing key research advances and outreach activities stemming from our partnerships, as well as TSE’s special efforts to engage with regulators;
- “OUR RESOURCES: RESEARCH PARTNERS & PEOPLE”, offering an overview of our partnerships and research teams;
- and “RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS IN THE TSE ECOSYSTEM”, sharing additional opportunities for our partners to support and benefit from TSE activities.
TSE-P brings together a diverse community of individuals passionate about research and fostering connections beyond the academic realm. Researchers and support staff play crucial roles in the success and development of our research partnership activities.
Around a hundred researchers are involved in the activities of TSE-P. Most of those currently engaged in a research partnership are from the TSE academic groups in Economics. Several of our partnerships also involve researchers from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Each partnership has a dedicated research team led by a researcher or a pair of researchers, depending on the size and format of the partnership.
Moreover, each thematic center is led by a researcher who is an expert in the field.
Two researchers take on the general management and scientific leadership roles at TSE-P:
- Yassine Lefouili, Director of TSE-P
- Jean Tirole, Scientifique Director of TSE-P
To ensure the smooth running of the partnerships, we also offer dedicated support services to help with development, communication and administration.
Administration, Governance & Finance
Development & Communication
- Eve Séjalon, Head of Research Partnerships and Center
- Cécile Miglos, Research Partnerships & Centers Project Manager
- Pascale Maréchal, Research Partnerships & Centers Project Manager (on leave)
- Jocelyn Delapierre, Research Partnerships & Centers Project Manager