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).
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.