Loes Debuysere

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Loes Debuysere


Loes Debuysere is a researcher at CEPS’ ‘Europe in the World’ unit. Her expertise and publications are situated at the intersections of gender politics, democratization and micro-level dynamics of conflict. Her geographic area of expertise is North Africa and the Maghreb, with a specific focus on post-Ben Ali Tunisia where she conducted extensive field research. 

Loes holds a PhD in Conflict and Development Studies from the University of Ghent and a Master degree in Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, University of London. She was previously a Schuman Trainee at the DG for External Policies of the European Parliament and is affiliated as a researcher with the Middle East and North Africa Research Group (MENARG) of Ghent University.


Debuysere, L. (2018). Women’s political inclusion and prospects for democracy in North Africa. In: F. Cavatorta & L. Storm (eds.) Political Parties in the Arab World: Continuity and Change. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Debuysere, L. (2018). Between Feminism and Unionism: The Struggle for Socio-Economic Dignity of Working-Class Women in Pre- and Post-Uprising Tunisia. Review of African Political Economy, 45(155), 25-43.

Debuysere, L. (2016). ‘La Femme’ Before and After the Tunisian Uprising: (Dis)continuities in the Configuration of Women in the Truth Regime of ‘Tunisianité.  Middle East Law and Governance,  8(2-3), 201-227.

Debuysere, L. (2016). Tunisian Women at the Crossroads: Antagonism and Agonism between Secular and Islamist Women’s Rights Movements in Tunisia.  Mediterranean Politics, 21(2), 226-245.

Debuysere, L. (2014). Een Arabische Lente voor vrouwen. Tunesië: een succesverhaal? Rosa Uitgelezen 20(1), 1-3.

PhD in Conflict and Development Studies (Ghent University); MSc in Conflict and Development Studies (Ghent University); MA in Middle Eastern Studies (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London); BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies (University of Leuven)
Dutch (native), English (fluent), French (fluent), Modern Standard Arabic (intermediate)