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).
Chinese and Indian Economic Presence in the Maghreb Notes de l'Ifri, 2010, "The Maghreb in its regional and international environment" Program
One of the major events of the last couple of decades has been the rise of China and India, reflected by their increasingly important economic presence in the world, both in terms of trade flows and of foreign direct investments....
De facto and de jure regional economic integration in East Asia: How do they interact Singapore Economic Review, vol. 55, No 1, April 2010, pp. 7-25.
A salient feature of the East Asian region is the persistent discrepancy between the progress in de facto and de jure economic integration. East Asia has long been said to be the champion of loose regional economic integration, with deepening intra-regional trade and...
Coming in from the Cold? An Update on North Korea's External Economic Relations Asie.Visions, No. 26, April 2010
This brief analysis of the current external economic relations of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leads to a number of conclusions.
Chinese Direct Investments in France: No French Exception, No Chinese Challenge International Economics Programme Paper, IE PP 2010/02, Chatham House, January 2010.
China's direct investment in France remains surprisingly low even compared to other EU states although the targets are quite similar, being heavily biased towards export-support and services rather than industrial activities....
The Changing Economic Relations between China and Korea : Patterns, Trends and Policy Implications The Journal of the Korean Economy, vol. 10, No 3, December 2009.
The economic rise of China and its integration into the globalization process is undoubtedly one of the most important developments of the past decades. The objective of the paper is to examine the changing nature and structure of the Korea-China trade and investment...
China did not prove to be crisis-proof in contrast to what the supporters of the decoupling hypothesis loved to claim. The paper will analyse the impacts of the crisis and the Chinese responses to the crisis....
Negotiating a Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement: Easier Said Than Done Asia-Europe Journal, vol.7, n°1, February 2009.
A number of countries have chosen recently to shift away from an exclusive support to trade multilateralism and towards regional or bilateral trade agreements. Being no exceptions in this respect, the Republic of South Korea and the European Union have engaged in a bilateral...
The political economy of regional integration in East Asia Economic Change and Restructuring, vol. 41, n°4, December 2008, pp. 345-67.
A widely held consensus view claims that East Asia has been shifting recently from a market-led to an institution-based form of regional economic integration, primarily as a result of the 1997-1998 financial crisis. Next to post-crisis financial cooperation schemes under the...
EU - ASEAN : Prospects for a Free Trade Agreement in Andreosso-O’Callaghan, B. and B. Zolin (eds) Asia and Europe: Connections and Contrasts, Foscarini Editrice: Venice, 2008.
In the wake of the financial crisis of 1997-98 there has been a clear shift in a number of Southeast Asian countries towards the development of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). ASEAN as a group has concluded FTAs with China and Korea, and it is still negotiating with Japan and India. In addition...