New visiting researcher

The IEE-ULB is delighted to welcome Mr. Léonard Colomba-Petteng. Mr. Colomba-Petteng is a PhD student at the Center for International Research (Sciences Po – CNRS) associated with the Institute for Strategic Research of the Military School (IRSEM). 

He holds a degree (international program, Europe-Africa) from the University College of Sciences Po Paris, and a Master’s degree in Political Sciences (international relations) from Sciences Po Paris.

His research at the IEE-ULB

Mr. Colomba-Petteng’s doctoral research focuses on the civil missions of the European Union in Mali and Niger. He is also an associate researcher in the research program “European Union’s external action with areas of limited statehood and contested orders” (EU-LISTCO) funded by the ERC Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 program, in the framework of which he is responsible for the Mali case study.

From 28 September to 27 November 2020, Mr. Colomba-Petteng will conduct a field investigation within the European institutions under the supervision of Prof. Elisa Lopez Lucia. Simultaneously, he will work on the paper entitled “An effective security actor in the Sahel? Understanding the role of EU security experts on the ground”, which he will present at the EUIA conference in Brussels next year (26-28 May 2021).

How to become a visiting researcher at the IEE-ULB

Each academic year, the IEE-ULB hosts a select group of visiting researchers who work around our 4 research themes.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications which must contain: an up-to-date CV, a research project highlighting the link to one or several of the IEE’s four research themes, the proposed research period, and the name of the IEE-affiliated professor who has agreed to act as the researcher’s supervisor.

Applications should be send to Prof. Ramona Coman, Michela Arcarese, and Dr. Jozefien Van Caeneghem.

Decisions on visiting research applications are taken by the Council of the IEE, which gathers five times per year. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the dates are:

  • in 2020: 25 August, 19 October
  • in 2021: 7 January, 16 March, 11 May


For any questions about a visiting research stay at the IEE, please contact the IEE’s Research Logistic Coordinator, Dr. Jozefien Van Caeneghem.