Associate Researchers

Sarah Demart

Post-doctoral researcher FNRS
+32 4 366 48 92

Pascal Kapagama

Sociologist Unikin (Kinshasa)

Pascal Kapagama is associate professo rat the University of Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of Congo. He is an expert in diaspora and immigration issues. He was involved in the Projet MAFE, Migrations between Africa and Europe.

Jean-Michel Lafleur

Research Associate FNRS
+32 4 366 46 80

Jean-Michel Lafleur holds a joint PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Liège and the Institut d’Etudes Poltiques in Paris. His dissertation on Political transnationalism and the State focused on the right to vote from abroad of Mexican, Italian and Belgian emigrants and on its implications for the migrant’s home and host societies. Jean-Michel is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS) and is attached to the Center for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM) of the University of Liège. His first book Le transnationalisme politique. Pouvoir des communautés immigrées dans leurs pays d’accueil et pays d’origine (Academia-Bruylant, 2005) looked at the persisting political linkages between the emigrants and the country of origin while his second book Transnational Politics from a Transatlantic Perspective (co-edited with Marco Martiniello, forthcoming) looks at the different approaches that develop on these question in Europe and North America. In addition, Jean-Michel also works on cultural practices (and music especially) as a mean of political expression for ethnic and migrant communities, and has co-directed a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on the topic (with Marco Martiniello, 2008).

Paul-Denis Nzita Kikhela

Professor of Demography
Unikin (Kinshasa)

00243.99.1000.291 ou 00243.81.520.33.34

Marie-Jeanne Omari


Marie-Jeanne Omari is sociologist and in charge of a research-action with Congolese migrants residing in Liège, under the supervision of professor Marc Poncelet and of Bénédicte Meiers, PhD student.

Gautier Pirotte

Research Associate, Pôle SUD.
Socio-anthropology of development
+32 4 366 27 80

Gautier Pirotte is a lecturer in anthropology of development at the Institute of Human and Social Sciences and attached to Pole Sud. His research focuses on organizations of civil society in Sub-Saharan Africa (Benin, DRC), Eastern Europe (Romania) and Western Europe (Belgium, France). His interests are theories of civil society, the sociological approach of the developer and the complex socio-anthropological approach to development practices.

Bienvenu Solo Lola

Assistant Unikin (Kinshasa)