- Victor Gigleux
- Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- Research Interests
- International Relations, Small States, European studies, International peace-keeping operations, EU external relations, Role Theory, Foreign Policy Analysis
Explaining Small States’ Changing Patterns of Peacekeeping Contributions through Role Theory (Thesis successfully defended on May 7th 2018).
2008-2012 MA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, UK
2012-2013 MRes (with Distinction) in Political Research, University of Aberdeen, UK
Professor Juliet Kaarbo and Professor Laura Cram
My doctoral research focused on European small states’ policies towards the deployment of their armed forces for “peace” purposes. It specifically investigated how small states’ commitments and approaches to peacekeeping have evolved as a result of the changing nature of the concept. Theoretically, this thesis uses the sociological concept of National Role Conceptions (NRCs) to argue that the way small states perceive themselves in the international system can help explain their peacekeeping engagements. Empirically, analyses of Austria’s and Belgium’s recent patterns of peacekeeping contributions was carried out. My project contributes to the study of small states by suggesting that these actors do not necessarily adopt similar foreign policies despite sharing the common characteristic of size.
After completing my PhD in May 2018, I am now investigating the EU’s use of diplomatic policy instruments, including sanctions and engagement, to promote human rights and democratic governance. I am currently exploring how the EU is negotiating its role as an international actor in the context of the US withdrawal from the Comprehensive Plan of Action and the possibility of Tehran abandoning the nuclear deal. Through this, I aim to contribute to role theory by exploring various types of role interactions and their effects on role conceptions, and add to the understanding of the EU’s roles in international affairs and asymmetrical relationships in IR.
2018 - Tutor on International Security (Postgraduate course, MSc International Relations, semester 2) - University of Edinburgh
2018 - Tutor on Comparative Politics in a Globalised World (2nd year course, semester 2) - University of Edinburgh
2014/2015 – Tutor on Comparative Politics in a Globalised World (2nd year Course, semester 2) – University of Edinburgh.
2014/2015 – Tutor on Introduction to Politics and International Relations (1st year Course, semester 1) – University of Edinburgh.
2014/2013 – Tutor on Introduction to Politics and International Relations (1st year Course, semester 2) – University of Aberdeen.
Gigleux, V. (in preparation). An Analysis of Small States’ Changing Peacekeeping Practices through Role Socialisation: Evidence from Belgium’s Mali Intervention.
Gigleux, V. (2016) ‘Explaining the Diversity of Small States’ Foreign Policies through Role Theory’, Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, Vol. 1, Issue 1. (Special Issue). pp. 27-45.
Gigleux, V. (2011) 'Non-Traditional Security Issues: Should HIV/AIDS be Securitized?'. Published online. URL: http://www.e-ir.info/2011/08/10/non-traditional-security-issues-should-hivaids-be-securitized/
An Analysis of Small States’ Changing Peacekeeping Practices through Role Theory: Evidence from Belgium. Paper presented at the International Studies Association (ISA)’s Annual Convention, February 2017, Baltimore, US. Nominated for the ISA’s Alexander George Award.
How Role Conflicts Explain Small States' Changing Policies on Peacekeeping Contribution: Evidence from Austria. Paper presented at the International Studies Association (ISA)’s Annual Convention as part of a panel on the domestic contestation of NRCs, March 2016, Atlanta, US.
Explaining the Diversity of Small States’ Foreign Policies through Role Theory. Paper presented at the British International Studies Association (BISA) workshop entitled: ‘Non-Western Small States: What Agency in an Unequal World?’, June 2015, London, UK.
Other Research Activities
January 2017- 2018- Postgraduate Mentor. School of Social and Political Science Postgraduate Peer Mentor (University of Edinburgh)
December 2016- Present - Founder and co-ordinator of the Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) and Role Research Group (University of Edinburgh)
2014 - 2015 - Co-organisor of the International Relations Research Group (Univeristy of Edinburgh)
Workshops and conference organisation
May 2017 - Co-organiser of the Foreign Policy Analysis and Role Research Group conference, University of Edinburgh.
February 2017 - ISA Career Course 'Case Writing in International Relations'. International Studies Association Annual Convention, Baltimore, US.
September 2015 – December 2015 - SGSSS Internship in the Scottish Government
During this internship, I was given the opportunity of working towards the development of Scotland’s Diaspora Strategy. I was based in the Strategic Research team, one of the Scottish Government’s analytical units, as well as within the Directorate of External Affairs. This allowed me to work collaboratively with both analytical and policy teams in the Scottish Government. I gained valuable experience in research for policy purposes and of direct policy-making work. I was also enthusiastic to be contributing to the Diaspora Strategy, a policy field with a strong international component that matched my interests in foreign policy/external affairs of small states/nations in international relations.
International Relations Research Group – University of Edinburgh
International Studies Association (ISA)
British International Studies Association (BISA)
Prizes and awards
June 2017 – Recipient of The Consular Corps in Edinburgh and Leith and University of Edinburgh Scholarship, £1,000.
May 2017 - Recipient of the UoE College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) PhD Submission Scholarship, £3,600.
March 2017 – UoE School of Social and Political Sciences’ research student-led special project grant, £1,350 (co-applicant)
January 2017 – UoE School of Social and Political Science travel and conference fund, £500; International Studies Association travel grant - $240
2016 – UoE School of Social and Political Science travel and conference fund, £400
2015 – UoE School of Social and Political Science travel and conference fund, £300; British International Studies Association (BISA) conference fund, £100
French – Native speaker
English – Fluent
Spanish – Intermediate