Economics serving society

Globalization Chair


After 30 years of hypergrowth and deepening supported by trade liberalization, technological developments and a calmer geopolitical context, trade is hardly increasing at all, or at least less rapidly than production. The new context of renewed international geo-political tensions, strategic rivalries and health crises makes trade interdependence appear more as a source of vulnerability than as a guarantee of mutual gains.
In order to deepen our understanding of the new deal of globalization and its implications, CMA CGM has joined forces with the Paris School of Economics to launch the Globalization Research Chair.



Several activities are on the chair’s agenda:

  • Scientific and public events: research seminars, international conferences and thematic workshops, annual conference of the chair;
  • The development and promotion of research work to be published in the best scientific journals, notably through a dedicated series of Policy briefs;
  • A post-doc funding: the chair supports the development of research potential by financing postdoctoral fellowships on issues about globalization;
  • Inviting researchers on short stays to participate in research and teaching activities;
  • The development of high-level courses: organization of master class and support to the Summer School "International trade";
  • The drafting of an annual activity report.


This chair is structured around three axes:

  • identifying the mechanisms at work in this new situation, in particular the respective roles of political, geostrategic and technological developments
  • quantify the reorganizations underway in production, supply and marketing practices in the new context of increased risk (diversification, relocation, tangible and intangible investment)
  • identify effective strategies from the point of view of both companies and public authorities, according to different objectives (productive efficiency, technological leadership, economic resilience, well-being).

The Globalization Chair aims to create a privileged forum for reflection, exchange and transfer between researchers and all entities of society interested in the reconfiguration of globalization and its implications.

The approach favored by the chair is empirical. The research is characterized by the use of advanced econometric techniques and the exploitation of various databases combining data from companies, but also more recent sources from the media, NGOs or the monitoring of container ships.

Chair holder

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Sandra Poncet - Professor at the Paris School of Economics and at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Fellow researchers

  • Maria Bas, Professor at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
  • Anne-Célia Disdier, Professor at PSE, Research director at INRAE.
  • Lionel Fontagné, Chaired Professor at PSE, Professor at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Scientific advisor at the CEPII.
  • Pamina Koenig, Affiliate researcher at PSE , Professor at the Université de Rouen.
  • Hélène Ollivier, Professor at PSE, Research fellow at CNRS.
  • Mathieu Parenti, professor at PSE, Research fellow at INRAE.
  • Ariell Reshef, Professor at PSE, Research director at CNRS, CES-Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne.
  • Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann, Professor at PSE, Research director at INRAE.

Steering Committee

To coordinate its work, the chair has set up a steering committee made up of the Chair holder, Sandra Poncet and of the Director of PSE, Jean-Olivier Hairault. It is also composed of partner’s representatives, Michel Sirat (Chief Financial Officer at CMA CGM) and TANGRAM.

PSE Partners

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Headed by Rodolphe Saadé, the CMA CGM Group, a global player in maritime, land, air and logistics solutions, serves more than 420 ports worldwide on five continents, with a fleet of 593 vessels. In 2022, the Group transported 21.7 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) containers. With its subsidiary CEVA Logistics, a global logistics player that has transported 522,000 tons of air freight and more than 22 million land freight shipments, and its air freight division CMA CGM AIR CARGO, the CMA CGM Group is constantly innovating to provide its customers with a complete and ever more efficient offer thanks to new maritime, land, air and logistics solutions.
Committed to the energy transition in maritime transport and a pioneer in the use of alternative fuels, CMA CGM has set itself a Net Zero Carbon target by 2050.
Through the CMA CGM Foundation, the Group helps thousands of children each year as part of its actions in favor of education for all and equal opportunities. The CMA CGM Foundation also takes action in the event of humanitarian crises requiring an emergency response by mobilizing the Group’s maritime and logistical expertise to deliver humanitarian supplies around the world.
With a presence in 160 countries through its network of more than 400 offices and 750 warehouses, the Group employs 155,000 people worldwide, including nearly 4,000 in Marseille where its headquarters are located.

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TANGRAM is the new formation and innovation center dedicated to creating the sustainable transport and logistics of tomorrow.
Initiated by CMA CGM Group, this new center of excellence will make a decisive contribution to the transport and logistics sectors to address the major challenges facing the world today (environmental, societal, geopolitical, etc.).
The objective is to bring together all those who wish to collaborate to co-create the new rules of the game of tomorrow: CMA CGM Group employees, start-ups, major groups, universities, research centers, etc.
In January 2024, a new site will open its doors in an exceptional location at the Pointe Rouge in Marseille.