Michel Leroy


  • 2018-2022 Medas21 doctoral program (including an online postgraduate course on sustainable communication, Jönköping University, Sweden and on Process Tracing Methods, Central European University, Hungary
  • 2020: "The Age of sustainable Development", Mooc, Columbia University, USA
  • 2016: "Polls and surveys’ methodologies", Mooc, ULB Brussels University, Belgium
  • 2015: "Project management", Mooc, Ecole centrale de Lille, France
  • 1995: Lille (France) journalism school Master diploma in journalism


Scientific work experience

  • 2023: Contributor in "The Mediation of Sustainability, Developement Goals, Social Movements and Public Dissent", edited by Ben Harbisher, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, USA
  • 2022: Panelist at the Medas 21 closing conference (June) on Dealing with failures in media development and co-writer of the position paper "Developement Assistance in the 21st Century. Lessons learnt from a Media Developement Research Program", at the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) townhall on Fundraising for media development (June) and discussant at the Knowledge for Tomorrow Conference in Abidjan, Ivory Coast (April)
  • 2021: Panelist at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) pre-conference (July) on Sustainability through 20 years of media development evaluation, and at the European Media Management Association (EMMA) conference (October) entitled In Future We Trust: Sustainability of community radio in developing countries and its interaction with professionalization
  • 2020: Respondent to the paper "Proximity Radio Stations: Sustainability or Pragmatic Viability?" at the IAMCR conference (July)
  • 2014: "Results-Oriented Evaluations: Their Uses, Their Limits and How They are Driving Implementers' Coping Strategies", Global Media Journal German Edition, 2014
  • 2011: lecturer at the Paris-based Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences)

Latest experience as a consultant

  • 2023: Content analysis of Economic and Social Issues in the media in Tunisia (PAMT 2)
  • 2022: Translation into French and Foreword of "Reporting on Migrants and Refugees: Handbook for Journalism Educators" (Unesco)
  • 2019: Evaluation of the social impact of the "Rural Factories" project (France), Interim evaluation of the RFI Planète radio Decentralised Communication Network project in the DRC
  • 2018: Research-studies on journalism training and the future of the written press in Tunisia (Media Up EU project, Particip) - Baseline study of the network of diocesan Catholic radios in Haiti for Adveniat and a coordination of Catholic donors
  • 2017: Mid-term review of Reporters without borders’ three-year project in ODA countries
  • 2016: Strategic assessment of the French government’s scholarships (2004-2014), French ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 2008: "Focus on France: French Research In Transition" (Science, 26 September 2008, 1857-1860)

Work experience as a journalist

  • 2011-2015: Investigation, preparation and shooting on two 52-minute films for Chasseur d’Etoiles production company
  • 2009-2012: blogger and investigator on French university reforms (Universités : enquête sur le grand chambardement, Autrement publishing house, Paris, Apr. 2011)
  • 2000: Jean-Luc-Lagardère Foundation Award
  • 1996-2002: Sub-Editor and Business Writer for Le Figaro daily and free-lancer for various dailies, weeklies and magazines
  • 1998-1999: Agence France Presse’s stringer (Hanoi bureau, Vietnam)

International experience

  • 2002-2008: Lille (2002-2005) and Paris (2005-2008) journalism school’s International Department Director
  • 1998-1999: Project Manager to establish a Vientiane-based French-language weekly (Laos)
  • 1995-1996: Lecturer at Cairo University (Egypt) and Journalism Adviser for a French-language daily (Al-Goumhouriya group)
  • A member of International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR),  European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), French society of information and communication sciences (SFSIC) and Radio Research and Studies Group (GRER)

Language Skills

  • French (mother tongue)
  • English (working language)
  • German & Arabic (basics)

PhD title



Learn more about the project here.



Prof Susanne Fengler, Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, TU Dortmund

Prof Marie-Soleil Frère, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Prof. Barbara Thomaß, Bochum University



Email: michel.leroy@tu-dortmund.de