Élise Féron is a Docent and a senior research fellow at the Tampere Peace Research Institute (Finland). She is also an invited professor at the University of Louvain (Belgium), at the University of Turin (Italy), at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), at Sciences Po Lille (France), and at the Université Lumière de Bujumbura (Burundi). Before moving to Finland, she held permanent positions at the University of Kent (UK) and at Sciences Po Lille (France).
Her main research interests include conflict-generated diaspora politics, conflict prevention, masculinities and conflicts, sexual violence in conflict settings, as well as post-colonial interstate relations. She has chaired 7 major international research projects on these issues over the past 15 years, among which two major EU funded FP6 and FP7 projects, two EuropeAid projects, one KONE Foundation project, and lately an Academy of Finland Project “Diasporas and Transportation of Homeland Conflicts: Inter-group Dynamics and Host Country Responses” (2019-2023). She has conducted research in various conflict areas, such as Eastern Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the South Caucasus and the Balkans, among other places.