Chloé Josse-Durand – New Deputy Director, IFRA
Chloé Josse-Durand is a political scientist and the current Deputy Director of IFRA-Nairobi (since January 2017). She pursued her PhD at Les Afriques dans le Monde, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux, analyzing the political dynamics surrounding the creation of memorial institutions such as museums, mausoleums and heroes’ square. She focuses on the actors of the heritage sphere occupying an intermediary position in political negotiations and public decision-making in Kenyan Rift Valley. Her research further investigates the politics of historical narratives and memorialization in Kenya and the growing salience of ethnic identities in the political sphere. Currently her work focuses on the impacts of devolution on local power relations and governance, with a particular interest in the transformations of clientelism networks and the political role of traditional authorities in Kenya.