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.”


More and more integrated into result-oriented approaches, the media development assistance (MDA) sector has invested a huge effort in figuring out how funds could be more performant, more impactful and how the lessons learnt could help updating the strategy.


Both the Paris Declaration (2005) and Accra Agenda for Action (2008) offer practical action-oriented roadmaps. Previously, the OECD Development assistance committee’s principles for evaluation (1991) have addressed key areas of aid programming and management for use by assistance agencies in evaluating aid-financed activities.


Among them, sustainability – defined as both “the continuation of benefits from a development intervention after major development assistance has been completed” and “the resilience to risk of the net benefit flows over time” – is one of the most crucial as, together with feasibility, it is a criteria prior to a decision of funding.


Sustainability has thus been a recurrent and prominent concern. External evaluations and donors often deplore the inconsistency of indicators, and MDA is thus often seen as programmes with poor exit strategies or even with various forces working against the phase out, including the recipients and the technical implementing organizations.


The debates are likely to come to a point where effectiveness itself is contested: how can media development assistance be sustainable if it cannot lead to improved professionalization, governance and development outcomes? And isn't it even linked to a Western-centric frame of reference unfitted for the local people’s need?


As DAC Network on Development Evaluation is currently exploring how the DAC Evaluation Criteria can be adapted to the new development landscape and the 2030 Agenda, this study will focus on this current trade-off between sustainability and development goals, through the example of not-for profit radios in developing countries.


The research will outline how the concept of "sustainability" has emerged in the media development field and to what extent it has been appropriated by stakeholders – both by the media-makers, their media development partner organizations, and donors. It will seek to determine what is the impact of sustainability on professionalization and vice versa: under what conditions is a more viable radio also a more professional radio and is professionalization a conducive condition for sustainability?



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
  • 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