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Caroline Bouchard

Caroline Bouchard
Dr Caroline Bouchard
Research Fellow - MERCURY
4.03, 34 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44(0)131 650 4266

Office Hours

Wednesday 0900-1030


  • BA History, Universite de Montreal
  • MSc History of International Relations, LSE
  • Diploma (DES) in European Politics, Institut d'Etudes Europeennes, Universite Libre de Bruxelles
  • PhD, Edinburgh

Biographical Statement

Caroline completed her PhD at University of Edinburgh on the European Union and human security at the United Nations. Her research project investigates the conditions under which the EU is an effective actor at the United Nations in the policy area of human security. Her thesis utilizes a multilevel game approach as an analytical framework and examines three case studies: the fight against landmines; the illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons; and the involvement of children in armed conflicts.

Research Interests and Teaching

Her research interests include International Relations, international organizations, the European Union as a global actor, the United Nations, human rights and human security.

She is course convenor of Human Rights in International Relations (2008-9). She also tutors on EU as Global Actor and International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond.

Caroline is a member of the Politics Research Groups International Politics and European Integration.


Alcalde J. and Bouchard C (2008) "Human Security and Coherence within the EU: the case of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW)", Hamburg Review of Social Science, Special Issue on Revisiting Coherence in the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), Vol.3, Issue1, pp.141-173.