Le Pavic, Gaëlle

PhD Fellow
Research Interests 

migrations, borders and mobility, state-building and bordering processes, regional separatism non-governmental organisations ’social work, Post-Soviet Space, European Union, Eastern Partnership.

Biographical Statement 

Gaëlle is a PhD Fellow under the supervision of Ine Lietaert. She focuses on borders and mobility in situations of regional separatism with a grassroots approach of three case studies: Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria, all de facto state located in the Post-Soviet Space. 

Prior to this, Gaëlle worked as a researcher at the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy at Ghent University. She was involved in two research projects Horizon 2020: RefugeeWellSchool aiming at improving the wellbeing of refugees at schools and InHere standing for INclusive Holistic care for REfugee and migrant victims of sexual violence in Belgium, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Over the past years, Gaëlle was a project manager at the Development Office of the College of Europe (Bruges) and prior to the French Embassy to Croatia. She has designed and implemented numerous training programmes on EU matters and worked with non-governmental organisations in Croatia and Russia on projects mainly dealing with ethnic minorities, migrants and refugees as well as memories and narratives in post-conflict societies. She also performed internships at the European Delegations to Ukraine and to Moldova and at the French Embassy to Russia. 

Gaëlle holds a dual BA in History and Political Sciences from the Sorbonne University (Paris 1) and graduated with honours from the joint Master programme in European Studies Europaeum at the Universities of Sorbonne (Paris 1), Charles University (Prague), and Oxford University. She was awarded a full research scholarship on the European Neighborhood Policy at the College of Europe (Falcone and Borsellino promotion, Natolin Campus). Her research project focused on the European Union’s soft power toward its Eastern neighbourhood with Ukraine and Georgia as a case study.