Chargé de recherches F.R.S.-FNRS

Institut d'études européennes (bureau R41.4.104)
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1050 Bruxelles

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Université libre de Bruxelles
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Joe Gazeley is an FNRS postdoctoral fellow at the Université libre de Bruxelles. He was previously an Associate Lecturer in French and African History at the University of St Andrews (2021-23). He gained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh and has previously held a Scouloudi research fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research (2020-21) and a visiting postgraduate research fellowship in Paris co-hosted by IMAF (Institut des mondes africains) and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (2019). His research has been supported by the FNRS, Scouloudi Foundation, the BISA Founders Fund, Erasmus+ and a Tweedie Exploration Fellowship.


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Présentation des recherches

His current research project, Françafrique and postcolonial mythmaking in West Africa, utilises newly declassified archival material to explore the development of the transnational practices and networks which have become known as la Françafrique on the diplomatic relationship between France and its former colonies in West Africa. As an interdisciplinary researcher Joe works between History and Politics/IR to develop new methodological approaches to the study of foreign policy.  

Domaines d'intérêt

•    Diplomatic history
•    Foreign policy analysis
•    Postcolonial state formation
•    International relations of the Sahel
•    Intervention
•    Interdisciplinary research methods


Travaux sélectionnés


2023: Gazeley, J., The construction of terrorist threat in Mali post-9/11: agency and narratives of intervention, part of the special issue Rethinking the study of international interventions through transversal lines of inquiry. International Studies Quarterly. In press.

2022: Gazeley, J., 2022, The strong ‘weak state’: French statebuilding and military rule in Mali, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding,

2021: Gazeley, J., 2021, Mali-France. Exhumer une voix africaine à partir d’archives européennes et en contexte de terrain fermé, Revue d’histoire contemporaine de l’Afrique, 14th June 2021,