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     Date Submitted:19-04-2012
     Last Modified:20-04-2012 (08:08)
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     Current job:FRS-F.N.R.S Research Fellow
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     KeywordsPhD Research Fellow, teaching assistant, European space policy

    F.R.S - FNRS Research fellow




    Research fellow at F.R.S - FNRS

    October 2008 - Current situation (3 ans 7 mois)
    PhD Thesis about the European Space Policy. Topic:

    Designed as a public policy analysis, this thesis aims at analyzing the construction of the European space policy from the beginnings (in the sixties) up to the most contemporary developments. While trying to identify the 'referential(s)' of the European space policy, the thesis will bring to light, next to the classical dimensions related to the institutions and the interests (frequently mobilized in the space cooperation literature) a more cognitivist or constructivist dimension that allows to consider the complexity of the intellectual constructions explaining the emergence, the assertion and the implementation of a policy. The purpose is to confirm the following hypothesis: the European space policy (and its intrinsic difficulties) does not only result from the clash of the States' interests but is constructed trough an historical trajectory in which different social spaces, governed by specific norms and dominated by a certain type of actors, have been involved. After careful consideration of the 'Europeanization' phenomenon of the space policy, the thesis aims at demonstrating that over the years, this policy proved to be a large and ambitious project of contribution to the construction and legitimatisation of a political actor: the European Union as an international actor.


    Conferences :

    - "With the head in the air and the feet on the ground: EU's actorness in international space governance", ISA Annual Convention, Global Governance: Political authority in transition, March 16-19 2011, Montreal.

    - "The North-South Divide in Space Security: Regulating a Global Common", IPSA/ECPR Joint Conference, Whatever Happened to North-South, February 16-19 2011, University of Sao Paulo.

    - "L'Union européenne: Un acteur spatial international?", Séminaire de recherche doctorale en relations internationales, Paix et Sécurité, REPI/Pôle Bernheim, 15 décembre 2009, Bruxelles.

    - "L'espace comme outil d'affirmation de l'Europe de la défense: La face cachée de Galileo", Communication présentée au Congrès Annuel de l'Association Française de Science Politique (AFSP), 7-9 septembre 2009, Grenoble.

    - "Space as an instrument for European defense assertion: Galileo's dark side", The External Relations of the European Union: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives", Monash University and EU Centre, 24-25 september 2009, Melbourne.

    - Dialogue avec Vivien A. Schmidt à propos des approches institutionnalistes, Séminaire de l'Ecole Doctorale Thématique en Etudes Européennes, FNRS, 9 décembre 2008, Bruxelles.

    - "Public Research Projects in Europe and East Asia: Cooperation or Competition?", EU-Japan Relations 11th Annual Brussels Conference, Egmont Palace, 24-25 November 2008, Brussels.

    - "Du problème d'être à la fois juge et partie: Mobilisation des savoirs experts dans l'élaboration et l'analyse de la Stratégie Européenne de Sécurité", Communication au Congrès Annuel de l'Association Belge de Science Politique (ABSP-CF), 24-25 avril 2008, Louvain-la-Neuve.


    Executive Coordinator at Garnet Network of Excellence

    October 2008 - May 2009 (8 mois)

    - Organisation of two international conferences at Palais d'Egmont

    - Organisation of two summer schools


    Assistant at Institut d'Etudes Européennes

    2007 - 2008 (1 an) - Chargé de cours:

    POLI-D-104: Exercices sur des questions d'histoire politique contemporaine (5 ECTS - 24 heures) - Séminaire consacré à la conquête de l'espace et ses enjeux politiques

    POLI-D-520: Security practices and political violence in historical perspectives (5 ECTS - 24 heures) - Séminaire consacré à l'ONU et la gestion de crises internationales

    - Administrative tasks - Erasmus coordinator


    Redactor in chief at Eyes on Europe

    2006 - 2008 (2 ans)




    Université libre de Bruxelles

    Certificat de formation à la Recherche, Science politique, 2007 - 2008


    Institut d'Etudes Européennes

    Master, Etudes européennes à finalité politique, 2005 - 2007


    Université du Québec à Montréal

    Bachelor's degree, Science Politique, 2004 - 2005


    Université libre de Bruxelles

    Licence, Science Politique (Relations internationales), 2001 - 2005
    Activités et associations : Membre actif du Bureau des Etudiants en Science Politique (BESPO)




    "Galileo, magnifico ?"

    L'Echo 20 octobre 2011 Auteur(s) : Julien Béclard


    "Un Big Bang dans la gouvernance spatiale européenne"

    L'Echo 21 octobre 2010 Auteur(s) : Julien Béclard


    "Public research projects in Europe and East Asia: Cooperation or competition? A comparative analysis of the ITER and Galileo experiences"
    East Asia International Quarterly 1 mars 2010
    Auteur(s) : Julien Béclard, Frederik Ponjaert


    "Quid de l'exploration spatiale américaine?"

    La Libre Belgique 6 février 2010 Auteur(s) : Julien Béclard, Alain De Neve


    "ERT et BR, des lobbies haut de gamme similaires?"

    Eyes on Europe avril 2008
    Auteur(s) : Julien Béclard, Danaé Anastopoulos, Olivier Plumandon


    "Le syndrome de la province sous Baxter: Entretien avec Didier Donfut sur les perspectives financières 2007-2013"
    Eyes on Europe avril 2008
    Auteur(s) : Julien Béclard


    "A glimpse at the post Cold War European defense market"

    Eyes on Europe avril 2006 Auteur(s) : Julien Béclard



    Mémoire de licence lauréat pour le "Prix Euro-Atlantique 2005" du Ministère belge des Affaires Etrangères.



    French : Native
    English : Fluent


    International Relations


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