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).
Regional Integration Within Greater China – State of Play and Future Prospects in B. Andreosso-O’Callaghan, J. Jaussaud et B. Zolin (dir.), Economic Integration in Asia – Towards the Delineation of a Sustainable Path, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2014
The Asian Century: What International Norms and Practices? Conference Proceedings, 12 September 2014 Paris : Ifri, Conference Proceedings, 12 September 2014, 97 p.
Asia is now a nerve center for global economic activity and a theatre of some of the most pressing security concerns of our time. So important has Asia become to global affairs today, and ostensibly for the decades to come, that many have already dubbed the 21st Century as the “Asian Century”....
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
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...