I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford. I am also an Associate Member at Nuffield College and at the Maison française d’Oxford (MFO), and a Research Associate at the SciencesPo’s Center for International Research (CERI) in Paris. I am concurrently a Lecturer at SciencesPo in Paris and at Freie Universität in Berlin, where I teach theories of international relations and politics of the European Union (EU).
I obtained my PhD from SciencesPo in 2016. During my doctoral studies, I was a Doctoral Research Fellow of the French Ministry of Defence (DGA, 2010-3) and a Research Associate at the Strategic Research Institute of the Military School (IRSEM, 2010-4). I was also a Research Assistant at the Center of European Studies (CEE) at SciencesPo (2010-4), and then, a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) (2014-5).
My core research interests include British and French armaments policies, the defence industry in Europe and the politics of European Union (EU). My work contributes to the ‘Pratice Turn’ in international relations theories through the application of sociological concepts to defence procurement decisions.
My doctoral dissertation analyzes decision-making within the French defence procurement sector from the end of the Second World to the present. A ‘configurational’ model is developed, whereby the varying degree of social interdependence to be found within this sector is hypothesized to lead to different government procurement decisions. To empirically test the validity of this model, 161 semi-structured interviews were conducted and two principal methods used: ‘practice tracing’ and case study comparison (the French combat aircraft Rafale, the multinational transportation aircraft A400M and the American Reaper drone).
My first book, entitled Défense européenne: émergence d’une culture stratégique commune (‘European Defence: The Emergence of a Common Strategic Culture’) and published in 2016, offers both a constructivist and a sociological perspectives on the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). I have also published in European Security, Politique européenne and St Antony’s International Review.
As a postdoctoral researcher in Oxford, I plan to extend the insights of my theoretical framework and research design, developing during my PhD, to the British defence procurement politics, and, more precisely, to an analysis of two critical case studies of the UK government’s acquisitions in the jet fighter sector: that of the European Typhoon in the 1980s and of the American F-35 in the 2000s.