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Associate Fellow, Université Paris Cité

Florian Vidal holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (Paris Descartes University, France) and is a researcher in international affairs and science. He is currently a Research Fellow at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and an Associate Research Fellow at LIED, CNRS UMR 8236, Paris Cité University.

He is also an Associate Fellow at Ifri's Russia/Eurasia Center (previously 2-year Research Fellow). He is involved in several scientific groups, including a member of the ANR Strategic Metals research project coordinated by the French Geological Survey (BRGM). Florian Vidal has extensive field experience in Northern Europe, Russia, and Latin America.. He specializes in the resources-energy-technology nexus in light of the Anthropocene, including mining issues in remote areas (polar areas, seabeds, and outer space). He is a Visiting Lecturer at the Military Academy of Saint-Cyr.


  • 2022–present
    Research associate, IFRI
  • 2023–present
    Research fellow, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • 2019–present
    Research associate, LIED (UMR 8236) - Université de Paris
  • 2020–2021
    Research Fellow, IFRI


  • 2018 
    Université Paris Cité, Doctorat - Sciences Politiques
  • 2007 
    Sciences Po Bordeaux, Master - Affaires Internationales
  • 2006 
    Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès, Master - Histoire Contemporaine