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Personal profile

Areas of expertise

  • Diplomacy
  • International Relations theories
  • Naming and shaming
  • Kimberley Process


Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)

  • Master's degree in Political Science, orientation International Relations, with a specialisation in diplomacy and conflict resolution

Université Saint-Louis

  • Bachelor's degree in Philosophy
  • Bachelor's degree in French and Romance Languages and Literatures


Élise Rousseau is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Tocqueville Chair in Security Policies (University of Namur) and a research fellow at the F.R.S.-FNRS. Before her FNRS mandate, she was a teaching assistant at the University of Namur and taught the tutorials of the following subjects: Political Science, International Relations: Theory and Practice (in English), Belgian Policy Issues, Philosophy, and Methods. In the framework of her thesis, conducted under the supervision of Thierry Balzacq, she investigates diplomatic practices in the Kimberley Process, the international forum created to regulate the rough diamond trade in order to prevent the diffusion of "conflict diamonds" in the global market. In the Tocqueville Chair in Security Policies, Élise conducts research on international denunciations, diplomacy and the ethics of International Relations. Thanks to the Gustave Boël-Sofina fellowship, she is Predoctoral Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS - McGill, Canada) from September 2018 to March 2019. Afterwards, she is doing a research stay at the Centre de recherches internationales (Sciences Po Paris).

External responsibilities

  • Member of the editorial board of BePolitix, blog of the Association belge francophone de science politique (ABSP).


  • 2018: Gustave Boël - Sofina Fellowship delivered by Plateforme pour l'Education et le Talent for a research stay at McGill University (Montréal, Canada).
  • 2016: F.R.S.-FNRS Research Fellow.
  • 2013: Erasmus Belgica, delivered by the Fonds Prince Philippe for a student exchange at the KU Leuven.

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denunciation Social Sciences
international relations Social Sciences
human rights Social Sciences
commitment Social Sciences
rationalism Social Sciences
world politics Social Sciences
constructivism Social Sciences
shame Social Sciences

Projects 2016 2020

Research Output 2013 2018

« Diamants de sang : pourquoi il faut réformer le processus de Kimberley »

Rousseau, É., 28 Aug 2018, Le Monde.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

international relations
human rights

Diplomatie humanitaire

Rousseau, É. & Sommo Pende, A., 2018, Manuel de diplomatie. Balzacq, T., Charillon, F. & Ramel, F. (eds.). Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, p. 291-306

Research output: Contribution in Book/Catalog/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Le Processus de Kimberley et la lutte contre le commerce des "diamants de sang"

Rousseau, É., 2017, In : Courrier hebdomadaire du CRISP. 28, 2353-2354, p. 5-62 57 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Gustave Boël - Sofina Fellowship

Élise Rousseau (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 2014 2018

  • 6 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 2 Public lecture/Debate

Les diamants de sang et le Processus de Kimberley: Bilan et perspectives

Élise Rousseau (Contributor)
8 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic lecture/Debate

IPSA World Congress

Élise Rousseau (Contributor)
21 Jul 201825 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Diplomatie humanitaire

Élise Rousseau (Contributor)
24 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

ISA Convention 2018

Élise Rousseau (Contributor)
3 Apr 20187 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Radicalization in Theory and Practice Workshop : Pathways to National Security in Western Europe

Élise Rousseau (Organiser)
30 May 201731 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Press / Media

Processus de Kimberley: renforcer la chasse aux diamants de sang

Élise Rousseau


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Central African Crisis Stirred by Diamonds, Russia

Élise Rousseau


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Les "diamants de conflit" brillent encore

Élise Rousseau


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment