Dr. Nicolas Lemay-Hebert


Senior Lecturer

International Development Department

Nicolas Lemay-Hebert

Contact details

International Development Department
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Feedback and office hours

Office hours: Tuesday 9h30-11h; 14h-16h; Wednesday 9h30-11h


  • Doctoral Studies, International Relations – Political Sciences, Sciences Po Paris, December 2009
  • MA Political Sciences (Professional Master), Sciences Po Paris, 2005
  • MA International Relations (Research Master), Sciences Po Paris, 2005
  • BA International Studies, International Law major, University of Montreal, 2003


Nicolas joined the IDD in June 2011 as a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher. He completed a doctorate degree in international relations at Sciences Po Paris entitled “State-Building From the Outside-In: International Administrations and the Perils of Direct Governance” in December 2009, which explored the local narratives of resistance in Kosovo and Timor-Leste to the UN international administrations.

He was previously Director of the Center for Peace Missions and Humanitarian Studies, Raoul Dandurand Chair, University of Quebec at Montreal in 2009-2011 and invited professor of Economics at the University of Quebec in Montreal in 2010-2011.

Nicolas has conducted field work in Georgia (2006-2007), Kosovo (2007), Timor-Leste (2008) and Haiti (2010-2012).


- Governance and Statebuilding in Developing Countries (GSB)

- Conflict, Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction (CHASR)


Research interests

  • Development and Security sector reform debates surrounding local ownership and local participation
  • Peace missions and the local narratives of resistance and contestation to international structures
  • Political economy of international interventions
  • Unintended consequences of humanitarian missions and peace missions
  • Regional interests in Caribbean region (Haiti), Caucasus (Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia), Pacific (Timor-Leste), Balkans (Kosovo and Serbia)


Lemay-Hebert, N. et al. (2014) The Semantics of Statebuilding: Language, Meanings and Sovereignty. London: Routledge.

Lemay-Hebert, N. (2013), Everyday Legitimacy and International Administration: Global Governance and Local Legitimacy in Kosovo, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 7(1): 87-104.

Lemay-Hebert, N. (2013) Rethinking Weberian Approaches to Statebuilding, in David Chandler and Timothy Sisk, eds. Routledge Handbook of International Statebuilding. London: Routledge: 3-14.

Lemay-Hebert, N. (2013), Review Essay: Critical Debates on Peacebuilding, Civil Wars 15(2): 242-252.

Lemay-Hebert, N. (2012), Coerced Transitions in Timor-Leste and Kosovo: Managing Competing Objectives of Institution-Building and Local Empowerment, Democratization 19(3): 465-485.

Reprinted in: Conflicting Objectives in Democracy Promotion: Do All Good Things Go Together? Julia Leininger, Sonja Grimm and Tina Freyburg, eds.London: Routledge, 2013: 77-97. 

Lemay-Hebert, N. (2011), The ‘Empty Shell’ Approach: The Set Up Process of International Administrations in Timor-Leste and Kosovo, Its Consequences and Lessons, International Studies Perspectives 12(2): 188-209.

Lemay-Hebert, N. (2011), The Bifurcation of the Two Worlds: Assessing the Gap Between the Internationals and Locals in State-Building Processes, Third World Quarterly 32(10): 1823-1841.

Lemay-Hebert, N. (2009), Statebuilding Without Nation-Building? Legitimacy, State Failure and the Limits of the Institutionalist Approach, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 3(1): 21-45.

Lemay-Hebert, N. (2009), UNPOL and Police Reform in Timor-Leste: Accomplishments and Setbacks, International Peacekeeping 16(3): 393-406.

Lemay-Hebert, N. (2009), State-Building From the Outside-In: UNMIK and its Paradox, Journal of Public and International Affairs 20: 65-86.

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