Dr. Nicolas Lemay-Hebert

Dr. Nicolas Lemay-Hebert

International Development Department
Senior Lecturer

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.