Dr Inès Hassen

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Teaching Fellow in French Studies

Department: Modern Languages

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 5163

Email: ih64@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 1202, Attenborough Tower

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road,Leicester, LE1 7RH

Personal details


I obtained my undergraduate degree in English at the University of Reims in France before joining the Centre for Urban History in the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester to complete my MA. I then obtained my PhD entitled, ‘Medium-sized cities in the Age of Globalisation: the Example of Reims and Leicester, 1980-2008’, at the University of Leicester in 2017. From January 2017 to June 2018, I was  part of the International Panel on Exiting Violence which was a sociological research project funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York based at La Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris.


  • BA Hons in English Language, University of Reims (France)
  • MA in Urban History, University of Leicester
  • PhD in Urban History/Sociology, University of Leicester
  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy


  • Co-authored with Massimo Giovanardi, ‘Deflecting national discourses: trajectories of urban representation in medium-sized cities’, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space (2021) https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X21996354
  • ‘British and French Urban Policies: Two Different Approaches 1980-2008’ in A. Chen and S. Alifragkis (eds), Architectural and Urban History and Historiography (Atiner, 2015): 113-122


My research focusses on comparative urban policies and globalisation. My PhD thesis explored, through a combination of historical and sociological perspectives, the globalisation of two medium-sized cities, Reims (in France) and Leicester, and their changing political cultures since 1980. My research interests include cross-cultural local governance, multiculturalism in the urban landscape and city branding. I am currently working on Paris’ city branding practices in the context of the Gilets Jaunes’ protests.


  • FR1010 Year 1 ‘Advanced Modern French Language’
  • FR1027 Year 1 ‘Introduction to Francophonie’
  • FR2018 Year 2 ‘French Post-Beginner’
  • FR2046 Year 2 ‘French Urban Space: From City of Light to the Banlieue’

I have previously taught:

  • FR1050 Year 1  ‘Introduction to French Studies’
  • FR3110 Year 4 ‘Advanced French Language’ (oral)


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