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Bruno Lefort

Senior Research Fellow
Tampere University
phone number+358503187045
City Centre Campus

About me

Fields of expertise

Middle Eastern politics and societies


Identities and collective memory

Top achievements

Research unit

Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI)


Academy of Finland (2017-2020)

Research career

2017 – present: Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow, Tampere Peace Research Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland. Project title: Politics of belonging among young people from conflict generated diasporas in Finland and Canada.

2016-2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University de Montréal (QC), Canada. Project title: “Leaving violence behind? An ethnography of diasporic youth from post-conflict societies”. Supervisor: Prof. Marie-Joëlle Zahar.

2013 - 2015: Researcher at Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI), School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere.

2014: Doctor of Social Sciences, Major in Peace and Conflict Research, Grade: Eximia cum laude approbatur (19.02.2014). School of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Tampere, Finland/Aix-Marseille University, France.

Selected publications

2020: “Cartographies of Encounters: Understanding conflict transformation through a collaborative exploration of youth spaces in Beirut”, Political Geography, vol. 76, Online:

2019: “Diasporas and Conflicts – Understanding the Nexus”, co-authored with Élise Féron, Diaspora Studies, vol. 12 (1), pp. 34-51.

2019: “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: narrating social bonds and boundaries in contemporary Lebanon”. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 46 (4), pp. 663-680.

2018: “Dynamics of Engagement among Youth in Arab Mediterranean Countries”, co-authored with Henri Onodera, Karim Maïche and Sofia Laine, Journal of North African Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13629387.2018.1547197 [Electronic version].

2017: “A confined youth? Lived space and shifting boundaries in Beirut”. Middle East – Topics &Arguments, Issue #9, “Youth”, edited by Christoph H. Schwarz, Anika Oettler (Publication date: Fall 2017).

2017: “The art of bypassing: students’ politicization in Beirut”, Mediterranean Politics, vol. 22 (3), pp. 407-425.

2017: “'Achrafiyeh Invaded'. The Politics of Fear in a Visual Representation of the Lebanese Factionalism” in Kia Lindroos & Frank Möller (eds.), Art as a Political Witness, Budrich Academic Publishers (ISBN: 9783847405801), pp. 139-160.

2015: “Michel Aoun, ‘Patriarch of the Christian Street’: Leadership, Affect, and the Politics of Communalization in Lebanon”, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, no. 8, 1, pp. 102-123.

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