Benoît Pelopidas


Benoît Pelopidas holds the Chair of excellence in security studies at Sciences Po (CERI). He is also an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University and a frequent visitor to the Princeton Program on Science and Global Security and the Global Systemic Risk research cluster.

In 2017, he founded “Nuclear Knowledges” (NK), the first scholarly research program in France on the nuclear phenomenon which refuses funding from stakeholders of the nuclear weapons entreprise or from antinuclear activists, so as to avoid conflicts of interest and better problematize their effects on knowledge production.

Benoît has been awarded four international prizes for his research and grants from the European Research Council and the French Research Agency to build and lead a team studying nuclear weapons choices for the next five years.

In 2019, NK has also sponsored its first successful application for external scholarly funding to join the program (a 2 year Marie Curie fellowship) and has started to welcome visiting PhD students on nuclear politics and history.

Over the last nine years, he has been engaging with policy making elites in the US, Europe and New Zealand as well as civil society groups to advocate innovative arms control and nuclear disarmament policies.