The University of Reunion Island has developed high quality research structured around 3 research federations :

  • the first federation focuses on the field of Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities;
  • the second federation concentrates on the observation, dynamics and development of natural environments;
  • the third is devoted to the study and enhancement of biodiversity in the south-west Indian Ocean in terms of human, animal and plant health.

All of these research activities are carried out in partnership with leading French institutions, in particular through joint research units. The Institute of Research for Development (IRD), the French National Meteorological Service, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Centre for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and the Institute of Earth Physics of Paris (IPGP).

With its partners the University of Reunion Island offers state-of-the-art research platforms, with a plant protection division, a cyclotron, a satellite-assisted environmental monitoring station and an atmospheric observation station.



  • Centre of Economics and Management of the Indian Ocean (CEMOI)
  • Centre of Legal Research (CRJ)
  • Computing and Mathematics Laboratory (LIM)
  • Cooperative Southern Institute of Education Research (ICARE)
  • Development Research Department / IRD combined research unit (ESPACE-DEV)
  • Diabetes, Atherothrombosis, Therapies Réunion Océan Indien / INSERM and CHU combined research unite (DETROI)
  • Displacement, Identity, Revision, Expression (DIRE)
  • Dynamics of the Structure and Interaction of Biological Macromolecules / INSERM combined Research Unit (DSIMB)
  • Electronic, Energy and Processes Laboratory (LE2P)
  • Indian Ocean Perinatal Research Centre (CEPOI)
  • Indian Ocean: Territories and Societies (OIES)
  • Infectious Diseases Research Group / CNRS, CHU, INSERM and IRD combined research unit (PIMIT)
  • Integrate Approoach for Food Quality (QUALISUD)
  • Intercultural Determinants of Motion and Sports Performance (IRISSE)
  • IPGP Combined Research Unit / Reunion Geosciences Laboratory (LGSR)
  • Laboratory for the Study of the Atmosphere and Cyclones / CNRS,  Météo France and IPGP Combined Research Unit  (LACY)
  • Languages, texts and communication in Creole and French-speaking zones (LCF)
  • Natural Substances and Food Science Chemical Laboratory (LCSNSA)
  • Physics and Mathematical Engineering  laboratory for Energy, Environment and Building (PIMENT)
  • Plant Populations and Bio-agressors in Tropical Environments - CIRAD combined research unit (PVBMT)
  • Tropical Marine Ecology Laboratory (ENTROPIE)