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Folashade Soule

Folashade Soule

Senior Research Associate, University of Oxford
I am a Senior research associate at the University of Oxford and a former postdoctoral reseacher of the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders fellowship programme. I hold a PhD (summe cum laude) in International Relations from Sciences Po Paris. Since defending her PhD, I have been a postdoctoral researcher at the London School of Economics (LSE), and a part-time Lecturer in International Relations and Political Science (Africa and Global Politics; the Politics of Globalization; International Political Economy).

My current research investigates the negotiation practices of francophone African governments when dealing with China (infrastructure projects). It is at the intersection of negotiation practice theory and the study of (agency) in IR. I have published several articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Global Governance, Afrique contemproaine, Foro Internacional and Cahiers des Amériques Latines. As a policy-facing academic, connecting policy and research, I have been acted as an international strategy consultant for the OECD, the French Development Agency (AFD), the Presidency of Benin, and consultancy firms (Oxford Analytica, Ernst&Young, Deloitte). I have also trained young diplomats and military civil servants in Bamako, Mali in methodology and analytical tools in international relations.

China Crisis Series

How popular is China in Africa? New survey sheds light on what ordinary people think

Nov 18, 2020 03:36 am UTC| Economy

Its been 20 years since the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation was first held. Another summit is planned for September 2021 in Dakar, Senegal. Meanwhile, Chinese and African officials are reviewing and reflecting on their...

How to negotiate infrastructure deals with China: four things African governments need to put right

Jan 04, 2019 16:02 pm UTC| Insights & Views

You dont negotiate with China ! I was quickly told when I started interviewing African public servants about their infrastructure deals with Beijing. There is a widespread view in Africa that you accept whatever terms are...

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