Senior Research Fellow and Director of Ifri's Center for Asian Studies
- Emerging economies, with a focus on East Asia
- East Asian regional economic integration
- Foreign direct investment and growth
- Globalization and its impacts on global governance
Françoise Nicolas has been with Ifri since 1990. She also teaches at Langues' O, Sciences Po Paris (Europe-Asia programme, Le Havre campus) and Sciences Po (Lyon) and is a consultant to the Directorate for Financial, Fiscal and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD (DAF) focusing on Southeast Asian non-member countries.
In the past she was an assistant Professor in international economics at the University of Paris-Est (Marne-la-Vallée) from 1993 to 2016, and taught at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (GIIS, Geneva – 1987-90), at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1991-95), as well as at the HEC School of Management (2000-02).
Françoise Nicolas holds a Ph.D in international economics (1991) and a MA in political science (1985) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), as well as a diploma in translation from the University of Geneva (1980). She has also studied at the University of Sussex (1980-81) and has spent some time as a visiting fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore (1999) and at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) in Seoul (2004).
China’s Role in Multilateral Economic Institutions, between Revisionism and Status Quo Politique étrangère, Vol. 79, No. 3, Fall 2014
China, now the world’s second largest economy, is going to play an increasingly substantial role in multilateral economic organizations and mechanisms.
China's Direct Investment in the European Union: Challenges and Policy Responses China Economic Journal, vol. 7. No 1, 2014, pp. 103-25
The dramatic rise of Chinese direct investment into the European Union has sparked a debate about the control that China may be seeking to take over European economies. Quite naturally these concerns have led to repeated calls that action be taken to slow down, if not to...
Lessons from Investment Policy Reform in Korea (avec Stephen Thomsen et Mi-Hyun Bang), OECD Working Papers on International Investment, No. 2013/02, OECD Publishing, 2013.
As more and more countries seek to liberalise their foreign investment regimes to attract global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI), an essential question for policy-makers is no longer just what to reform but also how to reform. How is a reformist government to sell...
China and Post-Crisis Regional Financial Cooperation in East Asia in Cabestan, J.-P., J.-F. DiMeglio and X. Richet (eds), China and the Global Economic Crisis: A Comparison with Europe, Routledge, London and New York, 2012
The fears of a rise in economic nationalism in China have been fueled by a number of recent moves, such as changes in the law on indigenous innovation or the enactment of a national security review (NSR) regulation for M&As by foreign enterprises. The objective of the current paper is...
Chinese ODI in France: Motives, Strategies and Implications China Economic Policy Review, vol. 1, n°1, 2012.
Although outward direct investment (ODI) is still very much a developed country phenomenon (with industrial countries accounting for more than 75% of global flows), ODI from the “South” is gaining ground, with China ranking among the most active outward investors. Taking...
The European Union is facing a tremendous challenge: coming out of the crisis unified. Every summit is both labeled the one of all hopes and the one of the last chance. Information keeps coming in, which hampers a good comprehension of the situation.
To the surprise of many analysts, the outbreak of the global financial crisis (GFC) in 2008 did not leave East Asian economies unscathed. The objective of the paper is to examine the implications of the GFC for the regional economic integration process in East Asia, taking into account both...
After two years of existence at the Heads of State and Government level, the Group of 20 (G20) has reached a turning point. In this new context, a number of questions need to be addressed-in particular, as to how to ensure the transition from a crisis management body to a global governance...