Associate Fellow, Russia / Eurasia Center

Research Interests:

  • Regional dynamics in the Arctic (Northern Europe and Russia)
  • Mining strategies and energy transition
  • Political ecology and Anthropocene


Florian Vidal is an Associate Research Fellow at Ifri's Russia / Eurasia Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Paris Descartes University and is a researcher at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. He specializes in the resources-energy-technology nexus considering the Anthropocene, including mining issues in remote areas (polar areas, seabeds, and outer space).

In addition, he is an Associate Research Fellow with the Laboratory on Interdisciplinary Studies on Energy (LIED, French National Center for Scientific Research) at the Paris Cité University and a member of the ANR Strategic Metals research project coordinated by the French Geological Survey (BRGM). He also teaches at the Military Academy of Saint-Cyr. Florian Vidal has extensive field experience in Northern Europe, Russia, and Latin America.

Domaines d'expertise
Russie / Eurasie
Présidence russe du Conseil de l’Arctique
Politique énergétique russe