Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hebert

Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hebert

International Development Department
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

International Development Department
School of Government
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-present).

He is the co-editor of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, and co-editor of the Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding.


  • 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)


"Re-reading Weber, Redefining State-Building? From Neo-Weberian to Post-Weberian Approaches to State, Legitimacy, and State-Building" (with Philipp Lottholz), Cambridge Review of International Affairs 29:4, 2017. ISSN: 1474-449X. DOI: 10.1080/09557571.2016.1230588

"What Attachment to Peace? Normative and Material Dimensions of Peacebuilding" (with Stefanie Kappler), Review of International Studies 42(5), 2016, 895-914. ISSN: 0260-2105. DOI: 10.1017/S0260210516000061

"Rentier Statebuilding in a Post-Conflict Economy: The Case of Kosovo" (with Syed Mansoob Murshed), Development and Change 47(3), 2016: 517-541. ISSN: 1467-7660. DOI: 10.1111/dech.12230

Hybridity: Law, Culture and Development, Nicolas Lemay-Hébert and Rosa Freedman, eds. London: Routledge (Law, Development and Globalization Series), 2017 (hbk); (pbk forthcoming). ISBN: 9781138673427 (hbk)

The Political Invention of Fragile States: The Power of Ideas, Sonja Grimm, Nicolas Lemay-Hébert and Olivier Nay, eds. London: Routledge (Thirdworlds Book Series), 2015 (hbk); 2016 (pbk). ISBN: 9781138801530 (hbk); 9781138209725 (pbk).

"Towards an Alternative Interpretations of UN Immunity : A Human Rights-Based Approach to the Haiti Cholera Case" (with Rosa Freedman), Questions of International Law 8(19), 2015, 5-18.

"'Jistis ak reparasyon pou tout viktim kolera MINUSTAH': The United Nations and the Right to Health in Haiti" (with Rosa Freedman), Leiden Journal of International Law 28(3), 2015, 507-527. Publisher: Cambridge Journals. ISSN: 0922-1565.

"Introduction - The Political Economy of Regulation in Post-War Kosovo: Intended and Unintended Consequences of External Actors' Involvement" (with Venera Demukaj and Luca Umberti), East European Politics 30(4), 2014, 429-435. Publisher: Taylor & Francis. ISSN: 2159-9165. DOI: 10.1080/21599165.2014.941103

"Resistance in the Time of Cholera: The Limits of Stabilization Through Securitization in Haiti", International Peacekeeping 21(2), 2014: 198-213. Publisher: Taylor & Francis. ISSN: 1353-3312. DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2014.910399

"The OECD's Discourse on Fragile States: Expertise and the Normalisation of Knowledge Production" (with Xavier Mathieu), Third World Quarterly 35(2) 2014: 232-251. Publisher: Taylor & Francis. ISSN: 1360-2241. DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2014.878129

"Fragile States: Introducing a Political Concept" (with Sonja Grimm and Olivier Nay), Third World Quarterly 35(2) 2014: 197-209. Publisher: Taylor & Francis. ISSN: 1360-2241. DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2013.878127

"Hybrid local ownership in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo: From discursive to material aspects of ownership" (with Stefanie Kappler) in SungYun Lee and Alp Ozerdem, eds. Local Ownership in International Peacebuilding: Key Theoretical and Practical Issues. London: Routledge (Studies in Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding), 2015, 74-92. ISBN: 9781138787544

"Chapter 61: United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)," in J. A. Koops, N. MacQueen, T. Tardy & P. D. Williams, eds. Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

"Statebuilding, Neocolonialism and Neotrusteeships" in Paul Jackson, ed. Handbook of International Security and Development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2015, 95-111. ISBN: 9781781955529.

"The Political Sociology of State-Building: Looking Beyond Weber" in Helen Hintjens and Dubravka Zarkov, eds. Conflict, Peace, Security and Development: Theories and Methodologies. London: Routledge, 2015, 52- 65. ISBN: 9780415844826

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.


Expertise in peacekeeping, international interventions, and statebuilding / peacebuilding. Fights for a just and fair settlement of the Haiti cholera issue, especially regarding reparations for victims of cholera in Haiti.