Institutes and laboratories


With our eight institutes and seven research laboratories, we offer our researchers a highly dynamic research environment.

Research institutes

The Lausanne Center for Health Economics, Behavior, and Policy (LCHE)

The Lausanne Center for Health Economics, Behavior, and Policy, LCHE, at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) promotes research, teaching, and policy advice in the fields of health economics, behavior, and policy.

The interdisciplinary center brings together researchers of the Center for Primary Care and Public Health (Unisanté), the Faculty of Biology and Medicine (CHUV-FBM), and the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC Lausanne). 


Expertise Center for Climate Extremes (ECCE)

Our Center of Expertise on Climate Extremes (ECCE) performs research and proposes services on the forecast of climate extremes and their impacts as well as the assessment of the risks associated with climate extremes in the current and future climates. 

This interdisciplinary center is based at the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC Lausanne) and at the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment (FGSE).


Center for Risk Management (CRML)

For more than 10 years, the CRML has been developing and disseminating its expertise on the systemic risks likely to have an impact on our world and our economy. We also identify sustainable solutions to mitigate their effects.


China Economics and Finance Center (CEFC)

As a platform for exchange and cooperation between Chinese and Swiss universities and companies, the CEFC offers companies tailor-made training in innovation and development. The cutting-edge research carried out at the CEFC aims to help Swiss and Chinese researchers collaborate in areas such as international economics, financial services, transnational management and innovation management.


Enterprise for Society (E4S)

E4S is a partnership between UNIL, through HEC Lausanne (UNIL-HEC), the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) and EPFL. Its mission is to help society overcome its challenges and lead the transition to a more resilient, environmentally friendly and inclusive economy.

Many HEC Lausanne researchers who are members of E4S initiate, lead and/or participate in the centre's research work from different angles.


Institute of Applied Economics (CREA)

Renowned for its economic analyses and forecasts, our institute is the only one in French-speaking Switzerland to publish economic forecasts for the whole of the country. Our team of economists also carries out one-off economic research projects for the private and public sectors, as well as for international organisations. 


Research Center for Grand Challenges

Organised around the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, our research and teaching centre brings together its various experts to find solutions to the world's major challenges.


Swiss Center for Luxury Research

Our centre brings together researchers and experts from the luxury sector to create a think tank on the future of luxury management. The centre pursues a number of objectives in collaboration with the online media Luxury Tribune. For example: raising the profile of innovation in the Swiss luxury industry, observing large-scale changes in society, etc.


Swiss Finance Institute

As an inter-university research institution, the SFI brings together the best finance professors in Switzerland, including several from our Faculty. The SFI also offers a doctoral programme and executive education programmes in banking and finance.


Tax Policy Center

The Tax Policy Center covers all government decisions relating to taxation. It was set up by UNIL in conjunction with our Faculty and the Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration. Its research focuses on the development of efficient, fair and neutral tax systems, the political economy of taxation, and behavioural responses to taxation. It also coordinates a research network on fiscal federalism and runs two continuing education programmes.


Laboratories/Research groups

Applied Artificial Intelligence Lab (AAIL)

Our multi-disciplinary research program aims to identify solutions and frameworks for dealing with organizational and technical hurdles that business organizations face when adopting AI-based systems. AI algorithms have the potential to benefit businesses by reducing coordinating costs and enhancing decision-making accuracy. We strive to apply the latest advancements in AI to address complex challenges and the integration of AI in Management within business organizations. At the AAIL, we are bridging the gap between academia and industry. 


Business Information Systems and Architecture (BISA) Lab

Headed by Prof. Christine Legner of our Department of Information Systems, the BISA Lab conducts research into the impact of new technologies on businesses, business management and information systems architecture.


Distributed Object Programming Lab (DOPLab)

Our researchers at the DOPLab work on the design and implementation of programming and communication abstractions adapted to the creation of reliable distributed systems, with a particular focus on the object paradigm. They are interested not only in theoretical aspects, but also in practical ones, taking into account the concerns of companies.

In particular, they consider how best to use the next generation of distributed systems based on the Internet of Things (IoT).


Interpersonal Behaviour Laboratory

The research conducted in our laboratory aims to gain a better understanding of interpersonal behaviour, particularly in the workplace. This work, which stands at the crossroads of social psychology, management and leadership, is unique in that it uses immersive virtual reality to explore interpersonal behaviour.


Information Security and Privacy Lab (ISP Lab)

The Information Security and Privacy Lab is headed by Prof. Kévin Huguenin. The lab focuses on research in the fields of security and privacy in the context of mobile and social networks, with a particular emphasis on human and social aspects. The laboratory conducts interdisciplinary research projects at the intersection of computer and social sciences (including law) and medicine (mHealth and genomics). Its activities currently focus on the question of the trade-off between privacy and utility on social networks based on the sharing of location or activity data.


Operations Laboratory (OpLab)

Our laboratory develops instruments that measure the value of supply chain responsiveness. These include the widely-publicised Cost-Differential Frontier (CDF) tool, which calculates the real value of production close to demand and assesses whether relocation would be more advantageous.

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Persuasive Technology (PET)

We research how technologies can improve people's lives. How can technologies be used, for example, to increase physical activity, support jobseekers or reduce online privacy conflicts?


Visual Collaboration Lab

Our research focuses mainly on the development of visual collaboration tools to help teams solve problems and/or innovate.

Thanks to a shared language and/or visualisation, these tools help meet the challenges of collaboration within multi- or cross-functional teams. They help them to explore and/or reflect on a given problem, better structure and delimit it, and facilitate the search for solutions in innovative ways during collaboration.


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