Anissa Bougrea

Credits: Eduard Delputte

I am an FWO-funded researcher in International and European Studies. I earned an M.A. with the highest distinction (summa cum laude) in International Politics from Ghent University in 2020.

I research the recently reformed European Financial Architecture for Development. My focus lies on the financialization of the European Union's development aid to Africa, a policy domain that's becoming increasingly geopoliticized. By examining these reforms and their implications, I hope to shed light on the role of private capital in shaping EU development policy.

My work attempts to challenge conventional narratives surrounding the European Union’s role as a development actor in world politics, through critical, anti-Eurocentric and decolonial lenses, striving to amplify marginalized voices and perspectives. I also co-organise the Learning Network on Decolonization.

Research interests

  • EU external action, Financialisation and the Global South.
  • Other research interests include diversity, decolonisation and EU-Asia relations.

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Twitter: @Anissa_Bougrea