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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 was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS - McGill, Canada) from September 2018 to March 2019. Afterwards, she did a research stay at the Centre de recherches internationales (Sciences Po Paris) and at the School of Politics and International Relations (Queen Mary University of London).

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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