GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Christian OLSSON

Christian OLSSON

Political & Social Sciences Faculty

Political Science Department - International Relations

(Professor - Potential PhD Supervisor)

Link to ULB ID Page

Academic Degrees & Titles

  • Doctorat en science politique
    de l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP-Paris)
    • Supervisor: Pr. Didier BIGO 

Research Area(s)

Theoretical interests:

  • Historical Sociology of the State and International Relations Theory
  • The Puzzle of the Legitimization of Violence and the Sociology of Conflicts
  • Critical Security Studies and the Mapping of Security Practices;

Empirical scope:

  • Military Doctrine and Thinking on Overseas Military (US, France, UK, NATO)
  • Interventions Involving "Pacification" Operations (counter-insurgency, stabilization)
  • Privatization of Security in the Context of Overseas Operations: PMCs, PSCs, ...
  • Field Research in Conflict Zones (Afghanistan and Iraq, ...) 

Specific Research Interest(s)

  • REPI-
    Researcher in the «Réseau d'Enseignement de Recherche en Politique International»
  • GR:EEN – EC's 7th fraemwork programme
    Involved in WP2 on "The European Union and Global Governance: Multilateralism in an Emerging Multi-polar Worlds" 


  • Security Practices and Political Violence in Historical-Sociological Perspective
  • Exercices sur des questions d'histoire politique contemporaine