Director at Asia Center at French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)
Françoise Nicolas is a senior Researcher and Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), Paris. She teaches at the National Institute of Oriental Studies (Langues’ O) and at the Institute of Political Sciences (Sciences Po, Paris). She is also an occasional consultant to the Directorate for Financial, Fiscal and Enterprise Affairs (DAF) of the OECD.
She holds a Ph.D in international economics (1991) and an MA in political science (1985) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland). She has also studied at the University of Sussex (1980-81) and was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore (1999) and at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) in Seoul (2004).
Her research focuses on development strategies in East Asia; FDI and growth; regional economic integration; emerging economies and globalization. Her latest publications include: « Economic regionalism in East Asia: The end of an exception? », in Tong Sarah (ed.), Trade, Investment and Economic Integration (Volume One: Globalization, Development and Security in East Asia), World Scientific Publishing, 2014; « China and Global Economic Order: A discreet yet undeniable contestation », Chinese Perspectives, No 2016/2, 2016.
Founded in 1979, the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) is the principal institution for independent research and debate in France that is dedicated to the analysis of international affairs and global governance. Its policy-oriented research strives to illuminate international events and put them in perspective. It is primarily useful for political and economic decision-makers as well as academics, opinion leaders, and civil society representatives.
Ifri is ranked 3rd among the 100 most influential think tanks in the world behind the Brookings Institution (United States) and Chatham House (United Kingdom), according to the University of Pennsylvania’s “Global Think Tank Report 2016” which reviewed 6,486 think tanks from 182 countries.