- Victor Gigleux
- Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- Research Interests
- International Relations, Foreign Policy, 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.
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 research focuses on European small states’ policies towards the deployment of their armed forces for “peace” purposes. It specifically investigates 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 will be carried out. My project aims to make a contribution 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. In fact, their foreign policy behaviour is more diverse than the literature would indicate.
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 press) ‘Explaining the Diversity of Small States’ Foreign Policies through Role Theory’, Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, Vol. 1, Issue 1. (Special Issue)
‘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.
‘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.
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.
Other Research Activities
December 2016/Present - Co-organiser 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)
International Relations Research Group – University of Edinburgh
International Studies Association (ISA)
British International Studies Association (BISA)
Prizes and awards
2015 - BISA conference fund £100
2015 - School of Social and Political Science travel and conference fund £300 (University of Edinburgh)
2016 - School of Social and Political Science travel and conference fund £400 (University of Edinburgh)
2016-2017 - International Studies Association travel grant - $240
2016-2017 - School of Social and Political Science travel and conference fund £500
French – Native speaker
English – Fluent
Spanish – Intermediate