The SanT.E.Si.H Research Unit UR_UM211 brings together researchers who previously worked in the young team n°2516 (2007-2010) and young researchers who have joined the team since 2011.

The team's central research focus is " Dynamics of the processes involved in the production and reduction of disability situations ".

The SanT.E.Si.H. team has been a member of IFR Handicap (SFR/AERES) since 2007, and belongs toDS n°60 (co-accredited doctoral school UM3 & UM).

Direction SantTESiH

Eric Perera (Dir.)

Sylvain Ferez (Deputy Director)

Research Secretariat

Nicole Bousquet 

UFR STAPS - University of Montpellier

Tel: +33 (0)4 11 75 90 94

research focus

The laboratory's main focus is on the analysis of barriers and facilitators to social participation (in the educational, health, professional and leisure fields) for people living with ˗ disabilities, whether these are linked to impairments or disabilities, or to a lack of social and/or environmental resources.

This axis has three dimensions:

1) the role of technology in reducing disability (and in particular in facilitating access to leisure sports);

2) understanding the institutional logics (promotion, facilitation, incentives, etc.) that organize the social commitment dynamics of the people under consideration;

3) life-course studies (or longitudinal studies), giving us a micro-sociological perspective on these commitment dynamics.

Associated Masters

The SanteSiH team is currently a support laboratory for the following specialties:

  • Master PESAP "Prevention, health education, physical activity". This course is designed to qualify future managers in the field of health promotion. More specifically, they are trained to use physical activities as a lever to ensure this promotion, taking into account the sense of commitment of individuals in their practices. Ultimately, the training program is designed to provide the skills needed to create conditions conducive to the health of populations in all areas of their lives, particularly in terms of lifestyles and the role of physical activity.
  • Master MTSin Sports Tourism Management. The aim of this course is to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to design, implement and manage development projects in the field of sports tourism. The professions identified are those of service engineering in sports tourism.
  • Master RAPA "Rehabilitation through Adapted Physical Activities".
SANTESIH history

The "Santé, Education et Situations de Handicap" (SANTESIH) research team was created in 2007. It was accredited as a Young Team (no. 2516) from 2007 to 2010, then renewed as a Host Team (no. 4614) for 2011-2014 and 2015-2019. Since 2020, the team has been a research unit UR_UM211.

His research focus was initially on "the study of processes involved in the production and reduction of disability situations", and more specifically on analyzing the impact of environmental factors on these processes (with particular attention to educational, sporting, political and media environments).

She has progressively diversified her research fields and the groups she studies (people affected by motor, visual, hearing and intellectual impairments, then by chronic diseases - transmissible or not), linking the issues and theoretical models of disability to global issues in the sociology of health.

For the 2015-2019 five-year plan, the Santesih research team is involved in a wide range of collaborations focusing on socio-political analyses of health and disability issues.

Locally, the unit is involved in the programs of the Maison des sciences de l'homme (MSH) in Montpellier, and in collaborative projects with the Centre d'Études Politiques de l'Europe Latine (CEPEL, UMR 5112). It is also positively involved in the Structure Fédérative de Recherche "Administration et médico-économie de la santé" ("Administration and medical-economics of health") led by Professor Guy Delande for the 2015-2019 plan, and involving several social science research teams from Montpellier University and Montpellier CHU.

At national level, the team has strong links with the Institut Fédératif de Recherche sur le Handicap (IFRH - IFR 25), of which it has been a member since 2008, notably with the "Centre de recherche, médecine, sciences, santé, santé mentale, société" (CERMES3, UMR 8211 - U988), the Groupe de recherches sur le handicap, l'accessibilité, les pratiques éducatives et scolaires (GRHAPES, EA 7287) and the Maison des sciences sociales et du handicap (MSSH) - which is attached to the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP).

Internationally, it is strengthening its international research programs through scientific collaborations with Canada (Professor Patrick Fougeyrollas, Laval University, Quebec, and the International Network on the Disability Production Process - Professor Yves Boisvert, Ecole Nationale d'Administration Publique, Montreal) and Switzerland (Professors Nicolas Bancel and Anne Marcellini, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lausanne).

Works Santesih