At the interior of the University of Montpellier, the “Centre for Political Study in Latin Europe” was founded in 1983 on research topics related to the land and academic networks in Southern Europe. CEPEL is also affiliated both to the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research). The unit refers to the scientific fields of political science and sociology. University of Montpellier & CEPEL occupy a high place in the landscape of French and international research in terms of land and thematic priorities and methodological preferences. In the field of cultural policy and sociology of culture audiences, CEPEL can be considered as one of the leading research centre in France, according to its recent works about festival audiences, cultural diversity and comparative cultural policies.