Louis Chauvel, Professor of Sociology at the Université du Luxembourg since July 2012, is the head of the Institute for Research Socio-Economic Inequality (IRSEI) developed through the PEARL programme "Social inequalities". He was full professor at Sciences Po between 2005-2012 and is an Honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Lille in 1997 and his Habilitation at Sciences Po Paris in 2003. He was Invited Fellow at Berkeley in 2000 and Invited Professor at Columbia University in the City of New York in 2011-2012.
His research topics are Social Inequalities and Public Policies, Social Change, Social Stratification and Mobility, Advanced Methodology of social sciences and population studies. His research mainly focuses on social welfare, income and wealth and social change in a comparative perspective. Inequalities between generations, extreme inequalities and social unsustainability are major aspects of research today. He has been a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association since 2006, General Secretary of the European Sociological Association (2005-7), and Treasurer of the French sociological association (AFS) (2002-6). He is a Member of the ISA Research Committee on Social Stratification (RC28) and was chair of the research network RN5 “Classes, inequalities, fragmentations” of the AFS.