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Eloïse Bertrand

Early Career Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) / Politics and International Studies (PAIS)


Dr Eloïse Bertrand works on party politics, democratisation, and institutions in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Burkina Faso and Uganda.

Her doctoral research aimed at unpacking the perceived "weakness" of opposition parties in Africa, in order to understand the role these parties have in the constrained and shifting settings of hybrid regimes. Based upon a comparative approach and extended fieldwork, her thesis explores the formation process, internal organisation, and mobilisation capacity of opposition parties in Uganda and Burkina Faso.

She was awarded the Entente Cordiale scholarship for the 2015/2016 academic year, as well as research grants from the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA), the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nairobi), and the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA).

She is open to media requests and has appeared on various outlets (press, radio, TV) to discuss current and political affairs in Burkina Faso and Uganda. She also regularly serves as a country expert on Burkina Faso for asylum claims in the UK and the USA.


Cheeseman, N., Bertrand, E. and Husaini, S. (2019). A Dictionary of African Politics. Oxford University Press. [URL]

Op-eds & blogs

"Crises threaten trust in Burkina Faso's Government", Oxford Analytica Daily Brief, 22 June 2020. [URL]

"Polls in Peril: Burkina Faso's 2020 elections", West Africa Insight 6:6, January 2020. [URL]

“New dictionary provides nuanced insights into the language of African politics”, The Conversation, 14.03.2019 (with N. Cheeseman and S. Husaini). [URL]

“Explaining China’s Latest Catch in Africa”, The Diplomat, 16.01.2019 (with O. Burcu). [URL]

“Popular Resistance to Authoritarian Consolidation in Burkina Faso”, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 16.05.2018 (with N.-K. Wienkoop). [URL]

“Why Uganda’s political parties aren’t sitting pretty”, The East African, 23.07.2016. (with G. Lynch).

“100 jours après : où en est le gouvernement de Roch Marc Christian Kaboré au Burkina Faso?”, L’Afrique des Idées. 22.04.2016. [URL]

“Elections au Burkina Faso : un exemple de transparence et d’efficacité”, L’Afrique des Idées. 17.12.2015. [URL]

“Elections au Burkina Faso : que doit-on en retenir?”, L’Afrique des Idées. 3.12.2015. [URL]

“How Burkina Faso ensured its freest and fairest elections ever”, African Arguments. 2.12.2015. [URL]

“From the street to the ballot box: Elections in Burkina Faso”, Africa Research Institute. 27.11.2015 [URL]

“Popular resistance to the Burkina Faso coup: who, where and what next?”, African Arguments. 21.09.2015. [URL]

“Extension Discord: Will the military in Burkina Faso include the opposition in the interim government?”, Africa in Fact n°29. Dec. 2014 – Jan. 2015.

“Grey Areas: tensions between old and new land laws fuel conflict in Burkina Faso”, Africa in Fact n°27. Oct. 2014.


“Understanding the G5: Governance, Development and Security in the Sahel”, OPEN Publications 3:2, Spring 2019 (with N. Cheeseman). [URL]

"Evaluation of Oxfam’s work to increase citizen engagement and influence on agriculture policies and practices in Burkina Faso and Tanzania", Review report prepared for Oxfam by the Agency for Peacebuilding, 6 July 2018 (with B. Venturi, B. Monzani, A. Sarota, and T. Zongo). [URL]

“Identifying civil society-led opportunities for conflict resolution in Burkina Faso”, Report of a conflict assessment conducted for Search for Common Ground, 2013. [URL]

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