The first CEDIMES was created in 1972 by Professor Emeritus Jacques AUSTRUY at the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). This Center for Studies on International Development and Economic and Social Movements was internationalized in 1992 to become an Institute chaired by Claude ALBAGLI. Its headquarters are today at Paris-Est University. It brings together more than thirty national CEDIMES established on five continents. These centers do not constitute subsidiaries, but a network of partners. Some 2,500 researchers have registered for 20 years.