Isabelle Ferreras


Academic Responsabilities

2019-ongoing, Academic coordinator of the « Chaire SFPI » at the Royal Academy of Belgium

Chair established by Belgium’s “sovereign fund” (Société Fédérale de Participations et d’Investissement – SFPI) and the Royal Academy of Belgium in support of researching how the role of the State as investor in private companies can be leveraged to promote sustainability

2022-2023: Chair holder unknown as of October 15, 2021 (selection process under way)

2020-2021: Chair holder: Dr. Maximilian Krahé (Yale PhD 2019). In 2020, 5 public debates were organized as part of a cycle in the context of the Collège Belgique, Brussels.

2015-ongoing, Academic co-chair of the Research group Travail, entreprise, démocratie (Work, Business, Democracy) inside the CriDIS Center, IACCHOS Institute, UCLouvain. Co-chair: Dr. Julien Charles.

Monthly workshop with doctoral students and researchers from October to December, from February to May, annual day retreat in July

2015-2021, Academic coordinator of the Democracy, Cultures & Action Fund/Chaire Démocratie, Cultures & Engagement, established by the UCLouvain:

Chaire funded by the Louvain Foundation ($450.000 funding from the Legs Pierre De Merre), 4 academic co-chairs: Prof. Philippe Coppens, Isabelle Ferreras, Matthieu de Nanteuil & Marc Verdussen.

Academic Chair for the 3-day student training program Peacejam Program developed with Nobel Peace Laureates (, sponsored by the 4 Belgian universities UCLouvain, ULBruxelles, KULeuven, VUBrussel:

  • at ULBruxelles in October 2016 with the Dalaï Lama and Judy Williams,
  • at UCLouvain in November 2017, with Shirin Ebadi,
  • at KULeuven in March 2018, with Tawakkol Karman,
  • at VUBrussel in March 2020, with Rigoberta Menchu

Seminars organized:

  • October27, 2015: Inaugural session of the Fund « Démocratie, Cultures & Engagement » by Jean-Marc Ferry
  • May 13, 2016: « Foi et Raison : la place de la religion dans l’espace public » with Jean-Marc Ferry (U. Nantes)
  • June 3, 2016: Workshop on Constitutional Transitions/Les transitions constitutionnelles. Cases covered: South Africa, Tunisia, Burma
  • October 27, 2016: « Pourquoi une Constitution dans un Etat de droit ? » with Xavier Philippe (U. Aix-en-Provence) and Dominique Rousseau (U. Paris-Sorbonne)
  • March 27, 2017: “Law in Transitional Contexts: Violence and Non-Violence” with Boaventura De Sousa Santos (U. Coimbra/Madison-Wisconsin)
  • May 12, 2017: « Violence et non-violence de l’économie » with Etienne Balibar (U. Paris-Nanterre, California-Irvine, Columbia)
  • November 17, 2017: “Building Peace: University and Civil Society in the Service of a Culture of Peace?” with Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate + Inauguration of the PeaceJam program hosted by ULB, UCLouvain, VUB, KULeuven
  • December 20, 2017: « Walter Benjamin et la question de la violence » with Philippe Coppens 
  • May 18, 2018: « Benjamin et Weber face à la violence : complémentaires ou opposés ? » with Matthieu de Nanteuil
  • June 21, 2018: « Walter Benjamin et le conflit armé colombien : questions et perspectives » with Leopoldo Múnera Ruiz (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)
  • September 28, 2018: « Benjamin et la Théorie critique : quelle place, quelle contribution ? » with Louis Carré
  • October, November, December: 3 1-day workshop on Transition and Reconstruction (manuscript workshop around forthcoming edited volume by the Democracy, Cultures & Action Fund)

2015-18, Faculty representative, Board of the CriDIS research centre, IACCHOS Institute, UCLouvain