Eric degila

Delidji Eric DEGILA

Professor of practice of International Relations
Faculty Associate, Global Migration Centre
Spoken languages
English, French
Areas of expertise
  • State-building
  • Armed conflicts, violence
  • Religion and politics
  • International migration
  • Foreign policies
  • International organisations, UN
  • Global Health and Development
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Africa
  • Subsaharan Africa



Dêlidji Eric DEGILA is Professor of practice of International Relations, Interdisciplinary Programmes and Visiting Faculty in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Geneva Graduate Institute. He is the past Chair of the Global South Caucus, International Studies Association, ISA. His research interests range from international politics to African peace and security challenges, diplomacy, migration, and health issues in the Global South. A political scientist and lawyer, he combines rigorous transdisciplinary analysis and policymaking perspective with the purpose to study complex dynamics that shape the praxis along his lines of research. His ongoing research and publications address issues related to Africa in contemporary Global Governance, Teaching International Relations from Global South perspectives, Multilateral Governance and Sustainable Development, State-building processes and diplomatic strategies of Small States. He was a Visiting Professor of African politics at Waseda, Meijo and Ritsumeikan universities in Japan. He has also given lectures at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Singapore Management University (SMU), Institut des Etudes Africaines of Mohamed V University and Sciences Po Rabat in Morocco, African University of Technology and Management, Benin, Universidad del Salvador at Buenos Aires in Argentina, among others. Since 2020, Professor Degila has been the academic advisor and resource person of the francophone UN High Level Training to Enhance Conflict Prevention and Peacemaking in Africa which takes place in Addis-Ababa to the benefit of African diplomats and civil servants of African Regional Organizations.

He is also active in many academic organizations including the African Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, APSA. He serves as a member of several Advisory Boards on a global scale and advises governments, companies and international organizations such as l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, West African Economic and Monetary Union, WAEMU, the African Union and the United Nations. Native from Benin and trained as a diplomat at ENA - Ecole Nationale d'Administration - he received a doctorate in Political Science/International Relations from Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 in France. His latest edited book, with Valeria M. Valle, discusses human mobility as a lever of development and social progress.