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.