Richard Balme

Richard Balme is Full Professor in Political Science at Sciences Po. He serves as Scientific Advisor to the Master in International Public Management at the Paris School of International Affairs,  and Senior Fellow at the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics in Sciences Po. He is also director of the Executive Master in Development Policies and Management - Potentiel Afrique for Sciences Po Executive Education. 

Balme teaches public policy analysis, comparative politics and international governance. His current research interests cover environmental politics and governance, climate change policy and diplomacy, and multilateralism and global governance.

Richard Balme received his Doctorate from the University of Bordeaux before a post-doc at The University of Chicago. He taught several years at the Hong Kong Baptist University and at the School of Public Policy and  Management at Tsinghua University in Beijing. In 2018 he is Alliance Visiting Professor at Columbia University in the City of New York. 

Among his publications are European Governance and Democracy: Power and Protest in the European Union, (with D. Chabanet, Rowman and Littlefield 2008) and Europe-Asia Relations: Building Multilateralisms, (with B. Bridges, Palgrave, 2008). He obtained research grants from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the National Science Foundation in the US, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Programme Hubert Curien), and the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong. He regularly publishes in French and International academic journals. In 2011-2013 he was appointed member of the Conseil Economique, Social et de l'Environnement (section of European and International Affairs).  


Balme (Richard), Chabanet(Didier), European Governance and Democracy: Power and Protest in the EU.  New York, Rowman and Littlefield, 2008, 267 p. Translation by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press, 2011.

Balme (Richard),Bridges(Brian),Eds. Europe-Asia Relations: Building Multilateralisms. London, Palgrave, 2008, 269 p.

Balme (Richard), Qi (Ye), Eds. “Multi-Level Governance and the Environment”, a special issue of Environmental Policy and Governance, May-June 2014.

Balme (Richard), Li (Victor O.K.), Hills (Peter), Mah (Daphne), Eds. Smart Grids Applications and Developments. London, Springer Verlag, 2014.

Balme (Richard), Ed., “Administration et Action Publique en Chine Contemporaine”, a special issue of Revue Française d’Administration Publique, September 2014.

Balme (Richard), Tang (Renwu), “Environmental Governance in China”, a special issue of Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 36, 3, 2014.

Balme (Richard), Botton (Sarah), Nuka (Pallavi), Widner (Jennifer), Leading Institutional Reforms in Francophone Africa. A Review of Five Case Studies. Princeton University, Institute for Successful Societies, 2018.

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