The general objective of our research group (named ERES, a French acronym for Research team in social epidemiology) is to improve knowledge of different factors and processes which may be the causes or the consequences of social inequalities in health in a population perspective and on different specific dimensions of the social and territorial determinants of health and health care utilization at a micro level.

Based on a theoretical framework inspired by Dahlgren & Whitehead and the public health and political perspective inspired by Marmot & Wilkinson, our research project will focus on social inequalities per se and emphasize several determinants of health which contribute to social health inequalities: neighbourhood and occupational environment, social integration and immigrant status. Among other health outcomes we will study chronic diseases, mental health, and access to primary and prevention care.

At the time when these topics are recognized as priorities both at the French and European level, our research aim to assist health professionals or public decision makers in the development of new responses to the emerging “social risks” for health and/or to underserved groups of population.

ERES brings together researchers, engineers and students who were previously split in two different research units (headed by Pierre Chauvin at UMRS 707, University Paris 6, and France Lert at UMRS 1018, University Paris 11). With 9 FTE permanent researchers and 6 FTE post-doc or non permanent researchers, 13 FTE engineers (including 3 permanent positions), and 15 doctoral students, ERES is the largest research group in social epidemiology in France.

ERES is one of the seven research teams of the Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health (UMRS 1136), that are co-endorsed by Inserm and UPMC (Sorbonne Universités).


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