Dr. Élise Féron
Élise Féron is the general coordinator of the Pilot4Research and Dialogue project. She is a Docent and a senior research fellow at the Tampere Peace Research Institute (Finland). She is also invited professor at the University of Louvain (Belgium), at the University of Turin (Italy), at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), and at the Université Lumière de Bujumbura (Burundi) where she co-convenes a Gender Studies Master Programme. She holds an Accreditation to Supervise Research (Docent) and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Lille (France, 2003 and 1999).
She has launched and participated in various projects in Europe and in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, and has chaired 7 major international projects over the past 15 years, among which two major EU funded FP6 and FP7 projects, and one KONE Foundation project called “Regional Challenges to Multilateralism”.
Her research interests include diaspora studies, post-colonial and decolonial studies, as well as gender studies. She is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, 3 monographs and 7 edited or coedited books and special journal issues, among which Revisiting Regionalism and the Contemporary World Order (Leverkusen-Opladen: Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2019, co-edited with Jyrki Käkönen and Gabriel Rached) and Shedding light on a changing international order: theoretical and empirical challenges (Tampere: TAPRI Book Series, 2020, co-edited with Marko Juutinen, Jyrki Käkönen and Karim Maïche). She is also the author of around 30 policy briefs and research reports, and of more than a hundred conference papers.
Dr. Pascaline Gaborit
Dr. Pascaline Gaborit is the director of Pilot4dev. The aim of PILOT4DEV is to connect stakeholders to boost sustainable development but also to create dialogue among institutions, stakeholders and civil society. Pascaline Gaborit graduated in social sciences with a PhD. on trust and conflicts including questions related to resilience. She is an active member of WIIS Brussels: Women in international security.
She published books and articles on cities, climate international cooperation, culture, conflicts, security and gender. She worked for the Global relations forum (strategic Director), and for an international cities network www.pilotcities.eu .
She organizes, and moderates events, publishes reports and analysis, manages projects, coaches events and occasionally gives lectures at university. She is part of the scientific committee in several programs and European projects.
She currently works as expert on a project about “Climate Resilient and Inclusive Cities” in Indonesia, India and South East Asia. The project focuses on early warning and Disasters resilient strategies. She also supported different local community projects for instance in Tanzania.
Her main publications include: “The strength of Culture for Development” (2015); and “European and Asian Sustainable Towns” (2016), both published by Peter Lang International
She contributed to 2 international reports:
- Hidden Cities Report, World Health Organization-UN Habitat, 2010
- Second Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3-2). Contribution to chapter 2: Civic Engagement