Michel Leroy


  • Since July 2018 Medas21 PhD Fellow (including an online course on sustainable communication, Jönköping University, Sweden)
  • 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-like diploma in journalism


Scientific work experience

  • 2017-2018: contributor for Aachen-based Cameco’s "Litt List" newsletter
  • 2011: lecturer at the Paris-based Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences)
  • 2008-2010: student assistance and tutoring at ISCPA, IGS group (member of the jury for ssessing the journalism student’s final bachelor dissertation)
  • 2005-2008: Students supervision as top executive at Paris-based Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalists (Centre for the Training and Development of Journalists)
  • 1993: Commented edition of Journal d’un voyage jusqu’à la Méditerranée (1772-1776), directed by Henri Duranton et Christiane Lauvergnat-Gagnière, University of Saint-Etienne Publishing House, 1993

Latest experience as a consultant

  • 2019: Evaluation of the social impact of the "Rural Factories" project (France), Interim evaluation of the RFI Planète radio Decentralised Communication Network projectin 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

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)

Language Skills

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

PhD Project

“Interrelations between community radios' sustainability and professionalization in development contexts  – a comparative study in the DRC and Uganda.”


Learn more about the project here.



Prof Susanne Fengler, Erich Brost Institute, TU Dortmund

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


  • Results-Oriented Evaluations: Their Uses, Their Limits and How They are Driving Implementers‘ Coping Strategies, Global Media Journal, 2014, http://bit.ly/15szUNy
  • "Focus on France: French Research In Transition" (Science, 26 September 2008, 1857-1860), https://bit.ly/2q3wRqC


  • Leroy, M. (2021, July 11-15). Sustainability through 20 years of media development evaluation [Paper presentation]. IAMCR 2021, online conference. 
  • Leroy, Michel. (2021, September 6-9): In Future We Trust: Sustainability of community radio in developing countries and its interaction with professionalization [Paper presentation]. 8th European Communication Conference, Braga.
  • Leroy, Michel. (2020, July): Proximity Radio Stations: Sustainability or Pragmatic Viability? [Respondent]. IAMCR 2020 Online Conference. 


  • 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)



Email: michel.leroy@tu-dortmund.de