Administration

The administration of the Graduate School of International Studies is composed of several entities: a board of governors, an executive committee, a steering committee, and a program committee. 

Philippe Bourbeau is ESEI’s director.

World of Welcome from the director

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Hello, 

The Graduate School of International Studies (ESEI) is a centre of excellence in multidisciplinary research, and education on international issues, with over 80 members in a dozen multidisciplinary research centres.

Multidisciplinarity is central to all of our research activities. Working from the conviction that international issues shouldn’t be studied in disciplinary silos, ESEI researchers produce cutting-edge research in a number of fields, including economics, international politics, security, and international development.

Word of welcome from the director

Our International Studies programs are offered at the graduate level with master’s and doctoral degree programs in International Studies and a Short Graduate Program in Diplomatic and Strategic Affairs. These demanding programs offer a top quality education by combining disciplinary approaches in economics, law, political science, geography, management, and agricultural economics, among others. Students appreciate the stimulating atmosphere generated by the sixty-odd lectures and symposia held each year, as well as ESEI’s summer schools and social activities.

Our student’s success is important to us, which is why we ensure that your training is a unique experience. Our graduate students are guided by one or two supervisors throughout their studies. They have numerous opportunities to meet and talk with ESEI members at conferences and workshops or through informal discussions. There are also many opportunities to gain professional experience through research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and internships.

Thanks to their versatility, our graduates are highly sought after by employers. Many quickly find jobs in the civil service, regional and international organizations, the private sector, the media, the broader public sector, and NGOs. Others go on to doctoral programs at ESEI or elsewhere.

ESEI is located on the magnificent campus of Université Laval in Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Students enjoy no-charge access to the largest university sports complex in Québec as well as to numerous cultural and social activities organized on campus.

Studying at ESEI means acquiring a unique multidisciplinary education, developing your talents, meeting inspiring professors, forging friendships with young people from all over the world, and building an extraordinary future.

I look forward to meeting you,

Philippe Bourbeau

Board of governors

The ESEI board is composed of a chair, three external members, the vice rector of academic and student affairs, the vice rector of research and innovation, partner faculties, a faculty member, and a student. 

The board is chaired by the Honourable Pierre S. Pettigrew.

Members from Université Laval

  • Robert Beauregard, Vice Rector of Academic and Student Affairs 
  • Eugénie Brouillet,  Vice Rector of Research and Innovation  
  • François Blais, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences 
  • Anne-Marie Laflamme, Dean, Faculty of Law 
  • Frank Pons, Dean, Faculty of Business Administration 
  • Nancy Gélinas, Dean, Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics 
  • Denis Roy, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Guillaume Pinson, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences 
  • Philippe Bourbeau, Director, ESEI 
  • Jean-Frédéric Morin, Professor, Department of Political Science, representing ESEI faculty members
  • Maxime Thibeault, student representative 

External members

  • Sylvie Barcelo, Deputy Minister, Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie (MRIF)
  • Marie-Lucie Morin, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
  • Jean Raby, Chief Executive Officer, Natixis Investment Managers

Executive committee

The executive committee is composed of the deans of our 6 partner faculties.

  • François Blais, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences 
  • Anne-Marie Laflamme, Dean, Faculty of Law 
  • Frank Pons, Dean, Faculty of Business Administration 
  • Nancy Gélinas, Dean, Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics 
  • Denis Roy, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Guillaume Pinson, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences 

Steering committee

The steering committee helps ESEI’s other governing bodies manage the school. 

Steering committee members

  • Philippe Bourbeau, Director, ESEI
  • Serge A. Kablan, Program Director
  • Laurie Durel, Doctoral representative
  • Danièle Bélanger, Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics, regular member
  • Richard Ouellet, Faculty of Law, regular member
  • Arthur Silve, Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, regular member 

Program committee

The program committee is a joint committee composed of students and faculty members. It ensures that programs and teaching meet quality standards, keep pace with knowledge developments and societal needs, and comply with program guidelines and objectives. It also ensures the quality and suitability of the means used to achieve these objectives. It collaborates in recruiting students and helps the program director admit, welcome, and guide students.

Program director

  • Serge A. Kablan

Faculty members

  • Francesco Cavatorta, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Richard Ouellet, Faculty of Law
  • Arthur Silve, Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Lota Dabio Tamini, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Members of the student body

  • Sarah Lajeunesse, doctorate student
  • Anne-Sophie Morin,  research master’s student 
  • Alice Bonardi-Igout, master’s student, with internship
  • Olivier Fournier, Vice President of Academic Affairs, REMDEI