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Dr Virginie Baudais

Senior Researcher

Dr Virginie Baudais

Virginie Baudais

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.

Subject expertise

Peacebuilding and peace consolidation, democratic transitions, state reform and decentralization, political parties, elections and citizenship building, UN peacekeeping operations and UN transitions

Regional expertise

West Africa/Sahel

French, English, Italian

PhD in Political Science, Centre Morris Janowitz, Science po Toulouse, Universite Toulouse-Capitole

External publications
  • Baudais, V., Les trajectoires de l’Etat au Mali, Paris, Karthala (2016)
  • Baudais, V., Chauzal, G., L’Annus Horribilis d’Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta: de la figure du Président de crise à la crise de la figure présidentielle, Annuaire français des Relations internationales, Volume XVI (2015) 
  • Baudais, V., Sborgi, E., The general elections in Niger, Electoral Studies, vol. 31(2), pp. 448-458 (June 2012)
  • Baudais, V., Chauzal, G.,The 2010 Coup d´Etat in Niger: A Praetorian Regulation of Politics?African Affairs, Vol. 110, n°439, pp. 295-304 (April 2011)
  • Baudais, V., Sborgi, E., Takokelen: ATT´s “consensus politics” at test in the 2007 general elections in Mali, Electoral Studies, vol. 27, Issue 4, pp. 769-773 (Dec 2008)
  • Baudais, V., La decentralisation au Mali. Enjeux et impact d´une reforme, Annales de l´Universite des sciences sociales, Presses de l´Universite Toulouse I, Tome XLIX, pp. 277-313.
  • Baudais, V., Chauzal, G., Les partis politiques et l’indépendance partisane d’Amadou Toumani Touré, Politique Africaine, n°104 (Dec 2006)
  • Baudais, V., Sborgi, E., The general elections in Niger (November 2004), Electoral Studies, vol. 25, pp. 147-191 (March 2006)