The Centre for Economic, Legal and Social Studies (CEDEJ Khartoum) carries out collaborative, multidisciplinary research programmes in contemporary Sudan. Institutions, professors, researchers and graduate students—both Sudanese and international—contribute to the scholarly activities coordinated by CEDEJ Khartoum. CEDEJ Khartoum benefits from its privileged access to the field to undertake a whole series of research programmes. These are based primarily on three main axes: 1) Political, social and economic transformation in post-2011 Sudan; 2) Religion and politics in Sudan; and 3) Sudan’s regional and international environment.
CEDEJ Khartoum is part of the broader Mixed Unit of French Research Institutes abroad (a network of 27 research institutes in the world), within CEDEJ in Cairo (USR 3123), having two institutional affiliations: first, with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and, second, with the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.
CEDEJ Khartoum has established formal partnerships with universities and research institutes in Sudan and in France. Its main partner in Sudan since the mid-1990s has been the renowned Faculty of Economic and Social Studies at the University of Khartoum. It has also developed a strong and innovative partnership with the National Record Office (Sudan National Archives). Its partners in France are the University of Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne, the research institute Les Afriques dans le Monde at Sciences Po Bordeaux, the research institute LAVUE at the University Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis, and the Centre for International Relations (CERI) at Sciences Po Paris. Luisa Arango is the current coordinator of CEDEJ Khartoum (since October 2016).