Assistant Professor


Academic profile

Since 2019 - Assistant Professor in International Relations, European School of Political and Social Sciences (ESPOL), Université Catholique de Lille

2017 - Chargee d'enseignement and post-doctoral researcher in political science at the ULB
2011 - Teaching and research assistant in political science at the ULB
2010 - PhD Candidate in Political Sciences at Université Libre de Bruxelles
2008 - 2009 MA Conflict, Security and Development at King's College London
2004 - 2008 BA European Social and Political Studies at University College London
2006 - 2007 MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations), Moscow,
Visiting student
2001 - 2003 United World College of the Adriatic, Duino, Trieste, Italy

Domaines d'intérêt

Areas of interest: the Caucasus and Central Asia; Political economies of war; War to peace transitions; Borders and borderlands; contested states.


Présentation des recherches

Doctoral project: Political economies of conflict protraction. The cases of SOuth Ossetia and Abkhazia (1992-2008)

Travaux sélectionnés

Book chapters

  • (2023) “Practicing and performing sovereignty abroad: alternative diplomacy” in Janis Grzybowski and Hannes Cerny (eds.) Variations on Sovereignty: Snapshots of Political Contestation and Transformation from Brexit to the South China Sea, Routledge

  • (2021) “When external drivers of regional integration turn into actors of regional disintegration: Interregionalism the South Caucasus” in Lopez Lucia, E. and Mattheir, Frank (eds.) Unraveling Ties? The Unintended Consequences of Interregionalism, Routledge
  • (2020) “The viability of de facto states: cases from the Caucasus and the Horn of Africa” in Martin Riegl, Bohumil Dobos (eds.) Perspectives on Secession - Theory and Case Studies, Springer, 93-107
  • (2020) “Viability as a Strategy of Secession: Enshrining De Facto Statehood in Abkhazia and Somaliland” in Ryan D. Griffiths and Diego Muro (eds.) Strategies of Secession and Counter-Secession, ECPR Press
  • (2019) “The Criminalisation of Informal Practices in the Danube Delta: how and why”, co-authored with Mihnea Tanasescu. In Alessandra Russo, Abel Polese, Francesco Strazzari (Eds.), Governance Beyond the Law. The Illegal, the Immoral, the Criminal. Palgrave Macmillan
  • (2018) “The making of groups, boundaries and cleavages in the South Caucasus: from macro to micro dynamics” in Kevork Oskanian and Derek Averre (eds.), Security, Society and the State in the Caucasus, Routledge
  •  (2018) “Trajectories of illegality and informality in conflict protraction: the Abkhaz-Georgian case”. In Abel Polese, Lela Rekhviashvili, Borbála Kovács, Jeremy Morris (Eds.), Post-socialist Informalities. Routledge: 243-260
  • (2015) “The political economy of a de facto state”. In L. Broers, A. Iskandaryan and S. Minasyan (Eds.), The Unrecognised Politics of De Facto States in the Post-Soviet Space, Yerevan: Caucasus Institute
  • (2015) “War Economies and Protracted Conflicts: The Cases of Abkhazia and South Ossetia”, in Ghia Nodia and Christoph Stefes (eds), Security, Democracy and Development in the Southern Caucasus and the Black Sea Region, Peter Lang, Bern: 205-228
  • (2013) “Borders, De Facto Borders and Mobility Policies in Conflict Transformation: The Cases of Abkhazia and South Ossetia”, in Jan Wielgohs and Arnauld Lechevalier (eds.), Borders and Border Regions in Europe, Transcript, Bielefeld

Peer-reviewed articles

  • (2017) “Trajectories of illegality and informality in conflict protraction”. Caucasus Survey, Vol.4, No.3
  • (2016) “Securing disenfranchisement through violence and isolation: the case of Georgians/ Mingrelians in the district of Gali”. Conflict, Security and Development. Vol. 16, Issue 3: 245-262
  • (2016) “Southbound Russia: processes of bordering and de-bordering between 1993 and 2013”. Connexe
  • (2015) “The political economy of a de facto state: the importance of local stakeholders in the case of Abkhazia”. Caucasus Survey. Vol.3, No.3, 2015: 291–308
  • (2012) “The Political Economy of Protracted Conflicts: Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Violence Mitigation”. Caucasus & globalization, 6(1)

Policy briefs

Non-academic articles

Book reviews

  • “Anna Matveeva, “Through Times of Trouble: Conflict in Southeastern Ukraine Explained from Within”, Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, vol.8, n.1 (2022)
  • “Huseyn Aliyev, When Informal Institutions Change. Institutional Reforms and Informal Practices in the Former Soviet Union”. Interdisciplinary Political Studies, Vol 4, No 2 (2018)
  • “Simona Merati, Muslims in Putin’s Russia”. International Affairs, Volume 94, Issue 4, 1 July 2018
  • “Natalie Duclos (Ed.), War Veterans in Postwar Situations”. Peacebuilding, Vol.2, Issue 2, 2014
  • “Aude Merlin and Silvia Serrano (Ed.), Ordres et désordres au Caucase [Orders and Disorders in the Caucasus]”. The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, Issue 12, 2011
  • “Vicken Cheterian, War and Peace in the Caucasus: Russia's Troubled Frontier”. Journal of Eurasian Studies, Number 4, December 2010
Mis à jour le 4 août 2023