Hélène Le Bail

Researcher, CNRS
Phone: +33158717083 - helene.lebail@sciencespo.fr

Hélène Le Bail is a research fellow at CERI since 2015. She has a doctorate in political science from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and a master degree in Chinese studies from INALCO (National Institute for Eastern Languages and Cultures). She spent many years in Japan as a Ph.D student (Hitotsubashi University), as a post-doc (Waseda University), and more recently as a research fellow for the French research center on contemporary Japan, Maison franco-japonaise (Nichifutsu kaikan), Tokyo.

Hélène Le Bail is a research fellow at CERI since 2015. She has a doctorate in political science from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and a master degree in Chinese studies from INALCO (National Institute for Eastern Languages and Cultures). She spent many years in Japan as a Ph.D student (Hitotsubashi University), as a post-doc (Waseda University), and more recently as a research fellow for the French research center on contemporary Japan, Maison franco-japonaise (Nichifutsu kaikan), Tokyo.

Her research focuses on Chinese migrations (to Japan and France) and on migration policies in a comparative approach. Special focus is made on female routes of migration (marriage, reproductive labour, sex work) and on mobilization and collective actions.

Ongoing research projects :

  • Chinese-French populations in Paris: identifications and identities under transformation (Chinois.es en (Ile de) France : identifications et identités en mutations), projet Emergence(s) de la Ville de Paris 2018-2020.
  • Diasporic identities : Southeast Asian incorporation experiences in Europe and America. The post-refugee generations , Cooperation grant UC Berkeley-Sciences Po. with Khatharya Um (Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley) 2018-2019.
  • Migrations, gender and class in areas under urban renewal , 都市再開発と移民・ジェンダー・階級——「ソーシャル・ミックス」政策と住民への影響に関する仏米比較研究 project JSPS (Japan Society for the promotion of Science国際共同研究加速基金(国際共同研究強化(B))) coordinated by Chikako Mori, Hitotsubashi University. 2019-2022.
  • Rethinking the Nexus Migration and Sex Work trafficking. 移住性取引再考―グローバル化の苦痛の軽減をめざす調査, projet JSPS (Japan Society for the promotion of Science国際共同研究加速基金(基盤研究(B))) coordinated by Kaoru Aoyama, université de Kobe, 2019-2022. 
  • PACE, The Politics of Migration and Asylum Crises in Europe, projet ANR, coordinated by Hélène Thiollet, 2019-2022.
  • Immigration and the Transformation of Chinese Society , projet ANR en coopération avec University of Manchester, Cologne University, Leiden University et Fudan University. Coordinated by Frank Pieke, 2014-2018.

Academic Associations:

Fellow of the Institut Convergence des Migrations
Associated researcher at l’IFRJ-MFJ (Institut français de recherche sur le Japon à la Maison franco-japonaise), Tokyo.
Associated researcher at PRIME, Meiji Gakuin University, 明治学院大学 国際平和研究所, Tokyo.
Associated researcher at l’IFRAE (Institut français de recherche sur l'Asie de l'Est), projet Migrations de l’Asie de l’Est, INALCO, Paris.
Associated researcher at Eu-Asia Institute, Essca, Angers.

Other academic activities :

Editorial committee Migrations Société
Editorial committee Cipango. Cahiers d’études japonaises
Advisory board ERC project « SEXHUM : Migration, sex work and trafficking »
Coordination of the research Seminar Migrations et Mobilités CERI-Sciences Po
Member of the research group Populations Japonaises
Member of Présage Sciences Po, Paris

Work in Progress

Marriage migration in North East Asia; Migration and reproductive work (Chinese women in Japan and France); Chinese immigrants, generations and collective action in France.

Research Interests

Migration policy, Gender and migration, Mobility in Asia (Japan, China), Migration and collective action

  • Languages

    Japanese, Chinese
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