Team

Research Fellow

Nick Micinski
Research project : Digital Technologies and Migration State Capacity

About : Nicholas R. Micinski is a postdoctoral fellow at Université Laval and visiting researcher at the Center for the Study of Europe, Boston University. Previously, Nick was the ISA James N. Rosenau Postdoctoral Fellow and a research associate at the Future UN Development Project. His research looks at power in international migration and changes in migration governance. Before academia, Nick worked in the NGO sector in London for five years on refugee policy and service delivery. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York in 2019.

Research interests : Refugees | Migration | Global Governance | Digitalization | European Union | United Nations

Publications :

  • Micinski, Nicholas R, “Everyday Coordination in EU Migration Management: Civil Society Responses in Greece,” International Studies Perspectives 20, no. 2 (2019): 129–148.
  • Micinski, Nicholas R, “Are You A Terrorist? Comparing Security Screening for Iraqi Asylum Seekers in the United States and Sweden,” International Migration 57, no. 4 (2019): 58-74.
  • Micinski, Nicholas R, “Refugee Policy as Foreign Policy: Iraqi and Afghan Refugee Resettlements to the United States,” Refugee Survey Quarterly 37, no. 3 (2018): 253–278.
  • Micinski, Nicholas R, “The Changing Role of the Ford Foundation in International Development, 1951-2001,” VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 28, no. 3 (2017): 1301-1325.
  • Micinski, Nicholas R, “NGO Frequent Flyers: Youth Organisations and the Undermining of Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Journal of Peacebuilding & Development 11, no. 1 (2016): 99-104.

  • Contact : nickmicinski(at)gmail.com

    Doctoral Students

    Camille Lefebvre
    Director : Philippe Bourbeau
    Second director : Maartje van der Woude

    Research project : Crimmigration & Securitisation of Migration

    About : Camille Lefebvre is an Immigration Lawyer. She holds a Bachelor's degree in law and a Master's degree in International and Transnational Law from l’Université Laval (LL.B, LL.M). She is a member of the Canada Research Chair in International Criminal Justice and Human Rights, the Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Security and the UNESCO Chair of Diversity and Cultural Expressions. She has been a research assistant and lecturer since 2018. Throughout her university career, Camille has volunteered for the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic, the Legal Information Clinic, the committee of Lawyers Without Borders and the Association for the United Nations of Laval University. She is currently involved on the Proforma committee of the Jeune Barreau de Québec and is also co-founder of the podcast Légalement Parlant.

    Research interests : Crimmigration | International Refugee Law | Forced Migration | Cultural Integration

    Publications :

  • Lefebvre, Camille and Genna Evevlyn (2020), « Encore de grandes réformes pour le programme de l’expérience québécoise », Revue du Jeune Barreau de Québec Proforma, 85:1.
  • Lefebvre, Camille and Frédérik Perron-Deschênes (2019), « Le programme d’immigration « Arrima », où en sommes-nous aujourd’hui? », Revue du Jeune Barreau de Québec Proforma, 83:1.
  • Lefebvre, Camille and Olivier Jean-Lévesque (2016), « Le conflit du phoque : entre équité commerciale et moralité publique », Regard critique - Journal étudiant des Hautes Études internationales, 11:1.

  • Peer-reviewed
  • Lefebvre, Camille and Fannie Lafontaine (accepted September 2020), “Exclusion Clause in Canada: Prioritizing practical expediency”, International Journal of Refugee Law.
  • Lefebvre, Camille and Catherine Savard (2018), "The 47th Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law: Navigating the Frontiers of International Law", Revue Québécoise de droit international, (2018), 31:1 .

  • Book Chapters
  • Lefebvre, Camille and Camille Bérubé-Lepage, « Le cas du Canada » in Jean-François Boudet, dir, Les dossiers judiciaires relatifs au génocide des tutsi au Rwanda: cas de la France, Paris, L’Harmattan, coll. « Afrique des Grands Lacs : Droits, sociétés, politiques », to be published in 2021.

  • Reviews
  • Lefebvre, Camille (2019), “Review of Shizha Edward, Rosemary Kimani-Dupuis et Priscilla Broni (dir.), 2018, Living Beyond the Borders. Essays on Global Immigrants and Refugees”, Études internationales, 51:1

  • Contact : camille.lefebvre.1(at)ulaval.ca
    Sophie Schriever
    Director : Philippe Bourbeau
    Second director : Darshan Vigneswaran

    Research project : Reframing climate migration: The politics of resilience

    About : Originally from Cologne in Germany, Sophie followed a Franco-German curriculum during her bachelor's degree in political science at the universities of Freiburg and Aix en Provence. For her MA in International Relations at the University of Amsterdam, she was already working on the relationship between climate change and migration. After two years of professional experience in the heart of the European Union as a journalist for the German public television ARD in Brussels, she decided to continue her research on climate migration in the form of a doctorate in International Studies at Laval University.

    Research interests : Migration | Climate Change | Resilience | Adaptation

    Publications :


  • Contact : sophie.schriever.1(at)ulaval.ca
    Virginie Lippé
    Director : Philippe Bourbeau
    Second director : Maartje van der Woude

    Research project : Norms of the international refugee protection system and new resettlement countries

    About : Originally from Quebec City, Virginie holds a Bachelor of Communication Arts in Advertising from Assumption University of Thailand and a Masters in International Studies from Laval University. Her years in Bangkok gave her the opportunity to work closely with asylum seekers and refugees. After a stint in the federal civil service, she returned to the Graduate School of International Studies for doctoral studies combining political science and law and which focused on international norms for the integration and reception of refugees. Particularly interested in non-traditional host countries, she examines the case of the Korean peninsula to compare the development of indigenous norms to the diffusion of international norms. She also continue learning Korean.

    Research interests : Refugees | International norms | Migrations | South Korea

    Publications :

  • Lippé, V. et Bourbeau, P. (2020). La résilience : de la théorie néolibérale à l’indépendance du concept, La Revue internationale et stratégique, 3(119), 146-157.
  • Lippé, V. (2019). Quelle influence des États-Unis en Asie? Regards géopolitiques, 5(1), 2-13.

  • Contact : virginie.lippe.1(at)ulaval.ca

    Research Assistants

    Sarah Lajeunesse
    About : Sarah Lajeunesse holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication, Politics and Society (2017) and a Master's degree in Political Science - International Politics and International Law (2019) from UQÀM. She completed a Certificate in Law (2020) at Laval University and is currently an MBA student in Strategic Project Management at Laval University. During her schooling, she was led to study in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and in Liège, Belgium (semesters abroad in international politics), and in Geneva, Switzerland to perfect her knowledge (GSP56 internship on the future human rights at the UN) and put into practice her learning in Mumbai, India (intern project manager in an NGO for the protection of LGBTQ+ rights). She is currently considering pursuing doctoral studies in connection with the application of human and fundamental rights in public policies.

    Research interests :
  • Human and fundamental rights
  • Public International Law
  • International relations
  • International security
  • Vulnerability studies
  • Global War on Drugs
  • Rosalie Marquis-Angulo
    About : Rosalie Marquis-Angulo is a last year student of the integrated bachelor's degree in Public Affairs and International Relations at Laval University. In 2019 and 2020, she was a research assistant for the Graduate School of International Studies before joining the Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Security. Since the beginning of her university studies, Rosalie has been involved in diplomatic simulations, notably that of the OAS, and completed an internship at the National Assembly of Quebec. She intends to continue her studies with a master's degree in the field of international relations, addressing forced migration and refugee rights.

    Research interests :
  • Canadian foreign policy
  • Quebec identity paradiplomacy
  • Immigration
  • Refugees
  • Zoé Blais
    About : With a bachelor's degree in public affairs and international relations from Laval University, Zoé continues her academic career with a master's degree in international security from the École supérieure d'études internationales. She is interested in the notion of human security in the event of armed conflicts, particularly those related to terrorism.

    Research interests :
  • Human Security
  • Terrorism
  • Forced Displacement
  • Diplomacy
  • Laura Wilmot
    About : Candidate for the master's degree in environmental law, sustainable development and food security (LL.M) at Laval University, Laura Wilmot first studied for a bachelor's degree in law at the University of Namur in Belgium and in international studies at Bishop's University. During her university career, she stood out for her involvement in diplomatic simulations in New York (NMUN) as well as during an international intership in Brussels. She plans to do her master's essay on climate refugees in international law.

    Research interests :
  • Environmental Law
  • Canadian Foreign Affairs
  • Canadian Public Administration
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Food Safety
  • Julie Fournier
    About : Master’s candidate in the Public Affairs – public management program of the University Laval, Julie Fournier holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and International Relations, for which she graduated on the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences’ honours list with distinction. Throughout her academic career, she has notably been involved as an ambassador for the Public Affairs and International Relations’ association as well as within the Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Security.

    Research interests :
  • International relations
  • American political institutions
  • Public administration in Canada and Quebec
  • Electoral process in the United States, Canada and Quebec
  • Public policy analysis and assessments
  • Lobbies
  • Johanna Dantas Carneiro
    About : Master’s candidate in the Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program, specialized in international management, Johanna Dantas Carneiro, originally from France, also holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University Laval. Throughout her academic career, she took part in the International Model NATO in Washington, D.C. both on the Military Committee and the North Atlantic Council. She is also a Business Development Officer for the Trade Missions (Missions Commerciales) of the University Laval and represents a Quebec company in Poland.

    Research interests :
  • International relations
  • International trade
  • Project management
  • Crisis management
  • International marketing
  • Étienne Hivon
    About : Étienne Hivon is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and International Relations in the University Laval, for which he will be graduating with the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences’ honours list with distinction. Throughout his academic career, Étienne was working at the Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Security and was involved with numerous diplomatic simulations of the United Nations, as a delegate in New York and Banff and later as the vice-president in New York. Étienne will pursue his academic endeavor in the Graduate School of International Studies’ program, with a concentration in international trade and investment, in the University Laval, beginning in September 2019.

    Research interests :
  • International Relations
  • American political institutions
  • Public administration in Canada and Quebec
  • Electoral process in the United States, Canada and Quebec
  • Public policy analysis and assessments
  • Lobbies
  • Pauline Fritz
    About : Studying in Sciences Po Paris, Pauline Fritz is currently underway to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a major in Humanities as well as a concentration on the African continent. In addition to her studies, she presides the association Interagir, which works for the integration of refugees in France. She has also been editor-in-chief of the jeunes Européens journal and an intern for Northern Lights Aid, a humanitarian organization in Greece. Native of Germany, she obtained her ABITUR in Washington, D.C. She will complete her bachelor’s senior year in the Uppsala University in Sweden, focusing on Human Rights and Refugee Rights.
    Maxime Leblond
    About : Maxime Leblond will be a Master’s candidate in Political Science at the University of Ottawa as of September 2019, where he will be benefiting from the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University Laval, with a Distinction profile, for which he graduated on the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences’ honours list with distinction and with the Scholarship of leadership and sustainable development. He was also an intern for Canada’s House of Commons, where he then worked as a parliamentary assistant, and he has been involved in his community for a long time, notably having supervised the students of Cégep Limoilou participating to the Student Forum of the National Assembly from 2015 to 2019.

    Research interests :
  • Canadian foreign policy
  • American foreign policy
  • Canadian-American relations
  • Defense and security policies
  • Political psychology
  • International relations
  • Canadian politics
  • Québec politics

  • Master Reseach project: ‘‘The influence of personal and psychological predispositions of American and Canadian heads of government on the state of Canadian-American relations’’
    Camille Lefevbre
    About : Holding a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University Laval (2016), Camille Lefebvre also completed with success the Continuing Legal Education division of the Quebec Bar’s exams in 2017. She is currently completing a Master of International and Transnational Law at the University Laval (2019), under the supervision of Professor Fannie Lafontaine, for which she focuses on Immigration Law in Canada and International Refugee Law. Member of the Canada Research Chair in International Criminal Justice and Human Rights and of the Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Security, Camille is also a volunteer for the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic (Clinique en droit international pénal et humanitaire) of the University Laval. She assumes functions of research assistant and lecturer since 2018. Throughout her academic career, Camille was involved with the Legal Information Bureau, with the Lawyers Without Borders Committee, with the United Nations Association of the University Laval in addition to being a member of the review board of the academic blog Quid Justitiae. She represented the University Laval in 2018 at the Charles-Rousseau Moot Court Competition in France.

    Research interests :
  • Immigration law
  • International refugee law
  • International human rights law
  • Transitional justice

  • Publications:
  • « La reconnaissance du génocide culturel au Canada », Collections de la Fondation Varenne, collection « Colloques & Essais » (with Fannie Lafontaine and Catherine Savard) [forthcoming]
  • « The 47th Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law: Navigating the Frontiers of International Law », Canadian Council on International Law [in revision] (with Catherine Savard)
  • Olga Goulet Doyon
    About : Olga Goulet Doyon is a senior student of the bachelor’s degree in Political Science in the University Laval. She was an intern at Quebec’s National Assembly as part of the ‘’Pages’’ program for 2017-2018. She was a participant in the International profile program of the University Laval, which allowed her to study abroad at the East Anglia University in England in the fall of 2019. She plans to pursue her academic career as a Master’s candidate in Political Science.

    Research interests :
  • International Relations
  • Parliamentary institutions
  • Feminism and gender studies
  • Alice Larochelle
    About : Alice Larochelle is a bachelor student of Political Science, international profile, in the University Laval. Throughout her academic career, she was involved in various activities, namely as a delegate for the African Union Simulation of the University Laval in 2017 for the Committee on Peace and Security in Washington, D.C. She has since then took on an executive role as Vice-president of finance and budget for 2018-2019. Research interests :
  • International security
  • Canadian foreign policy
  • International relations
  • Sustainable development
  • Anne-Sophie Lapointe
    About : Anne-Sophie Lapointe is a Master’s candidate in the Graduate School of International Studies’ program in the University Laval, international security profile. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Modern Languages from the University Laval, public communication profile. During her bachelor’s degree, she had the opportunity to complete a semester abroad at the Universidad Andrés Bello in Santiago, Chile. Throughout her academic career, Anne-Sophie was involved in various activities, notably as a delegate and president of the Organization of American States Simulation of the University Laval (WMOAS-Laval).

    Research interests :
  • International relations
  • International refugee law
  • International public law
  • International security
  • International migrations
  • Canadian foreign policy

  • Master Reseach project: Political and legal foundations of the Safe Third Country concept in International Refugee Law (Les fondements politiques et juridiques du concept de tiers pays sûr en droit international des réfugiés)
    Aurore Saccagi
    About : Aurore Saccagi holds a Master’s Degree of the Graduate School of International Studies in international development from the University Laval. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Modern Languages from the University Laval as well. Her fields of interest are human rights and gender studies, particularly in regards to international migrations. Throughout her academic career, she has been involved with other topics, namely China and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, along with participating to the Culture Law and Copyright Clinic (Clinique du droit de la culture et du droit d’auteur) and to the International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic (Clinique en droit international pénal et humanitaire).

    Publications:
  • Saccagi Aurore, Picard François-Olivier, Therrien Olivier and King Chun Hui. (2018) « Les enjeux politiques et économiques de la BAII », Regards Géopolitiques, Vol.4, No.3, 60-67 pp.
  • Colloque du CQEG – Les nouvelles routes de la soie Thursday March 22 and Friday March 23, 2018
  • David Toulouse
    About : Master’s candidate in the Graduate School of International Studies’ program in the University Laval, David Toulouse also holds a bachelor’s degree in History. Throughout his studies, he has notably worked as a research assistant at the Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Security. He plans to complete his master, with a concentration in international security, in winter 2020.

    Research interests :
  • International Relations
  • Canadian foreign policy
  • Terrorism
  • International security
  • International migrations
  • Andrée-Anne Beaudoin-Julien
    About : Andrée-Anne Beaudoin-Julien is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology in the University Laval and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology – Research and Intervention concentration – from the University Laval as well. Her research interests focus on resilience, trauma, the migratory process and the acculturation of migrants, along with intercultural intervention.
    Florence Veilleux
    About : Former International Bachelor (Baccalauréat International (IB)) student of Cégep de Garneau, Florence is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and International Relations, sustainable development profile, in the University Laval. She plans to carry on her studies to a master’s degree.
    Delphine Fleurent-Nourry
    About : Delphine Fleurent-Nourry is a Master’s candidate in Spatial Planning and Regional Development. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and International Relations from the University Laval, with a minor in sustainable development, as well as a microprogram in Spanish language. Throughout her bachelor’s studies, she was an intern for the Quebec National Assembly in 2017 and 2018 as part of the ‘‘Pages’’ program, for which she completed a research on inter-parliamentary relations.
    Blanche Roy-Brouard
    About : Blanche Roy-Brouard recently completed a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Modern Languages. Throughout the last three years, she also participated as a delegate and coordinator of pedagogical affairs of the African Union Simulation (DESUAL) of the Howard University in Washington, D.C. Political and migratory issues of the African continent and the Middle East region and of the Arab world are her main interests. Having completed a semester abroad in Morocco, Blanche also has the objective to learn the Arabic language and to be involved in particular in the conflicts’ resolution currently taking place in the area.

    Research interests :
  • International Relations
  • Immigration
  • Politics
  • Antoine McNicoll
    About : Antoine is currently a candidate in the Master’s in Political Science program, with internship and essay, in the University Laval. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University Laval. As part of his bachelor’s degree, he completed a semester abroad at l’Institut d’études politique de Lille in France.

    Research interests :
  • International relations
  • Nationalism
  • Illiberal democracies
  • International interventions
  • Gustave Pinaults-Masson
    About : Gustave Pinault-Masson is a Master’s candidate in Political Science, with thesis, in the University Laval under Sylvie Loriaux’s supervision. He completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology, with a minor in Political Science, from the University of Ottawa. Throughout his academic career, he was involved in numerous activities. Namely, he was a member of the Cognition Laboratory of the University of Ottawa and a member of the Psycho-Bee-Lab of the University of Ottawa. He also held the position of Director of Bilingualism and Translation within the Psychology Student’s Association of the University of Ottawa for a year and a half. He arrived in Quebec City in June 2018 and has already begun to get involved in the university community. He is a member of AIESEC Laval (Association parascolaire internationale des étudiants en sciences économiques et commerciales) and now works within the Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Security.

    Research interests :
  • Cognition, social psychology
  • Learning, behaviour and conditioning
  • Political philosophy
  • Social philosophy
  • International relations
  • Comparative politics
  • Political violence
  • Democracy


  • Conference :
  • Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychology, Annual Honours Thesis Conference at Ryerson University
  • Chenour Oechslin
    About : Chenour Oechslin is studying sociology in the University Laval. From Iranian Kurdish descent, she lived in Switzerland where she undertook higher education studies in special education. She practised the profession of childcare worker for about ten years and, eager to fulfill a professional retraining, she began sociology studies in the University Laval. Throughout the first year of her academic career, she was involved in various activities, namely working as an interpreter for the City of Quebec (CIUSSS). She also is a member of the executive committee of the Sociology Students Association of the University Laval (Regroupement des étudiantes et étudiants en sociologie de l’Université Laval).
    Samuel L'Heureux
    About : Samuel L’Heureux holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University Laval, distinction profile, for which he graduated with the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences’ honours list with distinction. He is currently a Master’s candidate in Political Science in the University of Ottawa.

    Research interests :
  • International interventions
  • Responsability to protect
  • Canadian and American foreign policy
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