Clément Perarnaud is a Researcher in the Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation, Digital Economy (GRID) unit at CEPS. He is also an associate researcher at the new Centre on Digitalisation, Democracy and Innovation (CD2I-VUB) in Brussels, a member of the working group on internet governance of the Center Internet et Société (CIS-CNRS, Paris) and expert curator for the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP, Geneva).
Expert in negotiation processes, EU governance and digital policy-making with over eight years of professional experience, Clément has provided research and advisory services to various research institutions and universities.
As a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University Pompeu Fabra, Clément successfully carried out a research project focusing on the determinants of EU Member States’ influence in negotiations of the Council of the EU. This research investigated the informal processes by which member states and EU institutions formulate and advance political preferences at the European level, building on research interviews with national negotiators and EU officials. The research outputs of this project have been published in leading academic journals such as the Internet Policy Review and the Journal of European Public Policy.
Previously as a scientific coordinator of a French research institute in Tunisia between 2014 and 2016, Clément also gained extensive experience in designing and managing EU-funded research projects, having directly contributed to a successful ERC Advanced Grant application (TARICA) and H2020 project (EUNPACK). In relation to EU digital policies, Clément is currently co-organising a Seminar Series on the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA), with the Chair on Fundamental Rights and Digital Transformation at VUB and the Brussels Privacy Hub. He has also recently launched a new workshop (DSMA), specifically dedicated to the study of the DSA/DMA legislative proposals, in an effort to facilitate discussions among legal experts, academics and NGOs representatives in France.
He has extensive experience in data collection and analysis across EU countries, including conducting interviews and survey. As part of his Ph.D. thesis, he conducted more than 140 semi-structured interviews with EU negotiators and Member States’ diplomats in Brussels, in addition to a 3-month research observation stay at the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the EU.
Clement hold a Ph.D. in political science from University of Pompeu Fabra (UPF). His thesis focused on the power of member states in the context of negotiations in the Council of the European Union. He holds a Master’s degree in European Affairs from the Lille Institute of Political Studies (France).
Mother tongue French, he is fluent in English and Spanish.