- Armament and disarmament
- Conflict, peace and security
- Peace and development
Dr Virginie Baudais is a Senior Researcher and the Deputy Director of the SIPRI Sahel - West Africa Programme. Prior to joining SIPRI in August 2019, she worked for two UN peacekeeping operations. In 2014, she worked in Bamako as special assistant to the chief-of-staff. From 2008 to 2013, she served with UNOCI first as electoral adviser in Abidjan and then as special assistant to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General/UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator.
Prior to her experience with the UN, Virginie worked as chef de cabinet to the mayor of Albi (France) and as teacher assistant at the University of Toulouse-Capitole. She also lived several years in Tunisia and Jerusalem.
Virginie graduated from Science po Toulouse and holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toulouse Capitole/Science po Toulouse. Her doctoral thesis on “The institutionalization of the State: Comparing Mali and Niger” focused on democratization processes, decentralization and state reform, elections and citizenship building. She also has master´s degrees in International Relations from Science po Toulouse and in History from the University of Rennes II Haute-Bretagne.
Peacebuilding and peace consolidation, democratic transitions, state reform and decentralization, political parties, elections and citizenship building, UN peacekeeping operations and UN transitions
PhD in Political Science, Centre Morris Janowitz, Science po Toulouse, Universite Toulouse-Capitole