Élise Féron is a Docent and a senior researcher at the Tampere Peace Research Institute (Finland). She lectures for the MA in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research. Before moving to Finland, she held permanent positions at the University of Kent (UK) and at Sciences Po Lille (France).
She holds an Accreditation to Supervise Research (Docent) and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Lille (France, 2003 and 1999).
She is an invited professor at the University of Louvain (Belgium), at the University of Turin (Italy), at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), at Sciences Po Lille (France) and at the Université Lumière de Bujumbura (Burundi).
Élise Féron has chaired 7 major international projects over the past 15 years, funded by the EU (FP6, FP7, EuropeAid, Interreg IVC), the KONE Foundation and the Academy of Finland. She has been intervening as a gender and conflict expert for various institutions such as the UNESCO, UN Women, and the International Labour Organization. She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Flemish Peace Institute, and is part of the editorial board of several journals such as Global Society and the European Review of International Studies.
She has done fieldwork in various conflict areas, such as Eastern Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the South Caucasus and the Balkans, among other places.
Main current research projects:
2019-2023 Project leader and main applicant, “Diasporas and Transportation of Homeland Conflicts: Inter-group Dynamics and Host Country Responses”, funded by the Academy of Finland.
2019-2021 Project leader and main applicant, “Pilot 4 Research and Policy Dialogue”, funded by EuropeAid for the benefit of the Government of Tanzania.
2017-2020 Project leader and main applicant, “Regional Challenges to Multilateralism”, research project funded by the KONE Foundation.
Main research interests: conflict-generated diaspora politics, conflict prevention, gender and peace negotiations, masculinities and conflicts, sexual violence in conflict settings, as well as post-colonial interstate relations.
Books (recent or forthcoming)
(2020, forthcoming) Handbook of Feminist Peace Research. London and New York: Routledge. Edited in collaboration with Tarja Väyrynen, Peace Medie, Swati Parashar, and Catia C. Confortini.
(2019) Revisiting Regionalism and the Contemporary World Order. Leverkusen-Opladen: Barbara Budrich Publishers. Edited in collaboration with Jyrki Käkönen and Gabriel Rached.
(2018) Wartime Sexual Violence against Men: Masculinities and Power in Conflict Zones. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
Peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters (past 5 years or forthcoming)
(2020) “Embracing Complexity: Diaspora Politics as a Co-Construction”, Migration Letters, forthcoming.
(2019) “National populism and gendered vigilantism: The case of the Soldiers of Odin in Finland.” (with Sarai Aharoni), Cooperation and Conflict. DOI: 10.1177/0010836719850207
(2019) “Religion, Churches, and the Recurring Conflict in Madagascar.” (with Velomahanina Razakamaharavo), Peace Review, 31(3).
(2019) “Diasporas and conflicts – understanding the nexus.” (with Bruno Lefort) Diaspora Studies, 12(1): 34-51.
(2019) “When Is It Torture? When Is It Rape? Discourses on Wartime Sexual Violence.” In Catia Confortini, Tiina Vaittinen (eds.), Gender Global Health and Violence: Feminist Perspectives on Peace and Disease. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.
(2018) “Social Strife.” In Marc Bornstein (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. Thousand Oaks: Sage: 2095-2096.
(2017) “Gender and Peace Negotiations: Why Gendering Peace Negotiations Multiplies Opportunities for Reconciliation.” In Mark Anstey and Valérie Rosoux (eds.), Negotiating Reconciliation in Peacemaking: Quandaries of Relationship Building. New York: Springer: 93-109.
(2017) “Les Dieux en guerre malgré eux ?” In Alain Dieckhoff and Philippe Portier (eds.), Religion et Politique. Paris : Presses de Sciences Po, Enjeu Mondial : 167-176.
(2017) “Support Programs for Male Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.” In Ron Anderson (ed.), Alleviating World Suffering, The Challenge of Negative Quality of Life. New York: Springer: 335-347.
(2017) “Wartime sexual violence against men: Why so oblivious?” European Review of International Studies, 4(1): 60-74.
(2017) “Transporting and Re-Inventing Conflicts: Conflict-Generated Diasporas and Conflict Autonomisation.” Cooperation and Conflict, 52(3): 360-376.
(2016) “L’horizon fuyant de la réconciliation. L’Irlande du Nord entre rapprochement et cristallisation des oppositions.” Les Cahiers Sirice, 15(1): 67-82.
(2015) “Religions et conflits. Comment renouveler le cadre d’analyse?” Les Champs de Mars, Dossier “Religieux et Recherche Stratégique” 26: 21-31.
(2015) “Suffering in Silence? The Silencing of Sexual Violence Against Men in War Torn Countries.” In Ron Anderson (ed.), World Suffering and Quality of Life. New York: Springer: 31-44.
(2015) “Terrorism, Civil Strife and Uprisings.” In Aasne Kalland Aarstad, Edith Drieskens, Knud Erik Jørgensen, Katie Laatikainen and Ben Tonra (eds.), The Sage Handbook of European Foreign Policy. London: Sage: 983-997.