Associate Research Fellow, Sub-Saharan Africa Center and Turkey/Middle East Program

Research interests:

  • Risk Analysis
  • Benin
  • Elections, governance and state evolution
  • Turkey / Middle East and Africa relations


A graduate from Sciences Po Bordeaux in African Studies, Elisa Domingues dos Santos specialized first in West Africa, particularly in governance issues in Benin, where she lived while working for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in Cotonou and for which she co-produced an analysis of the Beninese trade union landscape.

With experience in project management in the development aid and advocacy sector, she joined Ifri from March 2021 to February 2023 as Project Officer for the Sub-Saharan Africa Center and the Turkey/Middle East Program then as an Associate Research Fellow from May 2023.

Domaines d'expertise
Afrique subsaharienne
Observatoire de l’Afrique centrale et australe
Gouverner la transition urbaine en Afrique
Élections, gouvernance et évolutions de l’État
L'Afrique dans les relations internationales
Questions de sécurité
Mutations sociales et économiques de l'Afrique
Enjeux énergétiques en Afrique
Dialogue franco-turc
Observatoire de la Turquie