Ernesto Ottone

Ernesto Ottone F. is a Doctor of Political Science from Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III University. He was strategic advisor for President Ricardo Lagos and Vice Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations (CEPALC). He is Globalisation and Democracy Chair at Diego Portales University in Chile. He is a Professor at the University of Chile and member of the Social, Political and Moral Sciences of the Institute Chile.

Hervé Le Bras

Hervé Le Bras is a demographer, historian and mathematician. A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, he has been Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) since 1980, Director of the Laboratory of historical demography (EHESS/CNRS) (1987-2007), a Churchill College Fellow at Cambridge since 2002, Director of Research at the Institut National d’Études Démographiques (INED) since 1975, then professor emeritus since 2008, and Seminar Director at the ENA (2009-10).


Dominique Méda

A sociologist and a philosopher by training, Dominique Méda is currently a professor of sociology at the University of Paris-Dauphine, after having served as research director at the Center for the Study of Employment (Centre d’Etude et de l’Emploi). A former student of the École Normale Supérieure and the École Nationale d’Administration, an agrégée of philosophy, and accredited to direct research in sociology, she has also been a professor at the Institut d’Études Politiques (“Sciences Po”) in Paris. She is, furthermore, an Inspector General of Labor Affairs.

Cosmopolitan risk communities

The aim of this chair is to utilise the idea of ‘methodological cosmopolitanism’ to design a sociological framework for the understanding of climate change. Climate change has been investigated chiefly from the vantage point of the natural sciences and economics (exceptions include Anthony Giddens and John Urry). My concern is to explore the sociological dimension of climate change from two mutually complementary angles: