Olivier is a Lecturer in Defence Studies Education in the Department of Defence Studies at King's College London. Prior to joining King's, Olivier held a Research Fellow position and a Senior Academic Assistant position at the College of Europe, Natolin Campus. During his doctoral studies at the University of St Andrews, Olivier was an Academic Tutor for two undergraduate courses: Introduction to International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis and International Security. He also conducted internships in Brussels (with the United States Mission to NATO, and Transparency International) and in Paris (with the Jacques Delors Institute, and the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS)). For a while, Olivier also taught scuba diving.
Olivier is currently a reviewer for Routledge & CRC Press and the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. His professional memberships include an Associate Fellowship at Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) and memberships with several academic associations related to International Relations (e.g. ISA, EISA).
Master's Thesis Supervision
Olivier can supervise research, in English or French, on the following topics:
- Security Studies, especially
- Military cooperation
- Intelligence cooperation
- Police Cooperation
- Conceptual questions, especially:
- Theories of International Relations
- International Political Philosophy
- Philosophy of Social Science
Previous theses supervised
- Comparison of Trade Secret Protection in the European Union and the USA: Espionage cases of Airbus and Boeing from 1960 to 2021
On the Political Economy of Turkish Defence Collaboration: The Cost of Turkey’s decision to forego participation in the F-35 program
- Examining State Control of Religion and Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Algeria and Tunisia between 2010-2018
The impact of the UK’s opting out of the Prüm Decisions in 2014 on effective crime control of terrorist activity between 2014 and 2020
- The 2008 August War and its Impact on Russian and Georgian Military Recruiting Advertisements
- The Implications for France of the Increasing Russian Presence in the Central African Republic
- Strategic Narratives in Russian News Media Portrayal of NATO and the European Army
- The Role of International Organisations in the Statehood of Kosovo
In March 2018, Olivier defended his PhD thesis entitled "Explaining Military, Law Enforcement and Intelligence Cooperation between Western States". His external examiner was Professor Didier Bigo of Kings College London/Science Po Paris. From 2015 to 2016, Olivier was a Visiting Researcher at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University. Prior to his doctoral studies, he obtained an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Sussex, an MA in Interdisciplinary European Studies from the College of Europe (Darwin Promotion), an MLitt in International Political Theory from the University of St Andrews, and a BA in International Relations, French and Journalism from Lehigh University. In 2005, Olivier spent a semester studying Arabic and the politics of the Middle East at the American University in Cairo. He obtained his Baccalauréat Général from the Lycée Saint-Joseph d’Avignon, a high-school founded in 1564 by Jesuits promoting renaissance humanism.
In 2013-2014, the University of St Andrews awarded Olivier a 600th Anniversary PhD Scholarship in the Arts & Humanities. Fun facts: The University of St Andrews was founded by Augustinian clergy who fled (1) the universities of Oxford and Cambridge due to the Anglo-Scottish Wars and (2) the University of Paris after the Papal Schism. The 1413 papal bull founding the University of St Andrews was issued from Avignon by the Antipope Benedict XIII. A high moment of the papal schism was when the town of Bruges sided with Avignon over Rome.
Manuscripts in preparation:
- an article on the political economy of Brexit,
- an article on small states in EU security decision-making,
- a research monograph on security cooperation between Western states (to be published with Routledge).
- Florez, Diana and Olivier Lewis. “FARC”. In The Handbook of Homeland Security, edited by Scott N. Romaniuk, Clarence Augustus Martin, and Scott M. Catino. Boca Raton: CRC Press, forthcoming.
- Lewis, Olivier and Scott Nicholas Romaniuk. "Conceptualizing Insurgency". In Terrorist and Insurgent Groups: A Global Survey of Tactics, Threats, and Characteristics, edited by Scott Nicholas Romaniuk, Stewart Webb, and Animesh Roul. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2021.
- Romaniuk, Scott Nicholas and Olivier Lewis. "Terrorism: Looking though the definitional kaleidoscope". In Terrorist and Insurgent Groups: A Global Survey of Tactics, Threats, and Characteristics, edited by Scott Nicholas Romaniuk, Stewart Webb, and Animesh Roul. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2021.
- Florez, Diana and Olivier Lewis. “FARC”. In Terrorist and Insurgent Groups: A Global Survey of Tactics, Threats, and Characteristics, edited by Scott Nicholas Romaniuk, Stewart Webb, and Animesh Roul. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2021.
- Lewis, Olivier. “Conceptualizing Non-State Counterterrorism”. In Counter-terrorism and civil society: Post-9/11 progress and challenges. Edited by Scott Nicholas Romaniuk and Emeka Thaddues Njoku. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2021.
- Lewis, Olivier. “Conceptualizing State Counterterrorism”. In The Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy, edited by Scott N. Romaniuk, Francis Grice, Daniela Irrera, and Stewart Webb. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
- Lewis, Olivier. “Conceptualizing Counterterrorism”. In Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Modern War, edited by Scott Nicholas Romaniuk and Stewart Tristan Webb. London: CRC Press, 2016.
Michels, Jeffrey and Olivier Lewis. “The 2020 election showed that libertarians have a long way to go before they can become a national movement". What Happened?, The LSE US Centre’s daily blog on American Politics and Policy, 23 December 2020.
Lewis, Olivier and Jeffrey Michels. “Justin Amash’s presidential bid shows that some Republicans’ future may be with the Libertarian Party”. Primary Primers, The LSE US Centre’s daily blog on American Politics and Policy, 1 June 2020.
Lewis, Olivier and Jeffrey Michels. “Why Justin Amash could be a game-changer without a chance”. Primary Primers, The LSE US Centre’s daily blog on American Politics and Policy, 15 May 2020.
Lewis, Olivier and Jeffrey Michels. “How Libertarians could be the kingmakers of the 2020 presidential election”. Primary Primers, The LSE US Centre’s daily blog on American Politics and Policy, 15 November 2019.