Modus Operandi works as part of a network which includes academic researchers, civil society organisations and practitioners from both the public and private sectors.

The institute has strong ongoing collaborative and/or financial partnerships from associated researchers, partner organisations and funding organisations.

Associated Researchers

Arnaud Blin 

Alexia Stainer

Alexia has an undergraduate degree in anthropology and MA in human rights, both from the University of London. These studies have lead to research interests in post-conflict state reconstruction, with a particular focus on Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her work with Modus Operandi has been in the development of online courses, as well as participation in research and debates organised by the institute.

Cheffi Brenner

Cheffi holds a Bachelor in law (LLB) from the University Of Kent, Canterbury(U.K), a  first year Masters degree in European and comparative law and a second year (professional) Masters degree in diplomacy.
She had a first professional experience focused on human rights (economic, social and cultural rights with the french Ambassador for human rights and UNESCO) and as a consultant for the International Organisation for Francophonie in Geneva. She currently works as a jurist for the French Ministry of Defence
Her collaboration with Modus Operandi has led her to work on the question of state building with a focus on West Africa.


Munjodzi Mutandiri


Munjodzi is a social activist, political analyst and researcher whose interests are public participation, defending human rights and entrenching constitutionalism in governance. He also works with youth organisations in building capacity, organisational development and advocacy and lobbying work. Mutandiri is currently the head of the National Constitutional Assembly Zimbabwe SA operations and coordinator and founder of the Zimbabwe Youth Network. He works with a lot of regional and international organisations and governments mainly on lobbying and advocacy, linking Zimbabwean organisations to progressive formations outside the country. He has been a party of the Zimbabwe democracy project for the past decade, having being a student leader with the Zimbabwe National Student Union.

Virginie Wyart

Virginie has law degree combined with a specialization in diplomacy and international organizations. She started her career as a lawyer and project manager which led on to working in European and international projects, initially in Paris and later on in Finland and Geneva, where she had a first posting with UNDP. She became specialized in managing local government and decentralization support projects in Cambodia for the GTZ and in Kosovo for the OSCE. She is currently based in Timor-Leste, where she works for the UN Mission on the decentralization process and public sector reform that have both being undertaken in this country. She has developed interest in conflict transformation, an area in which she conducts research for Modus Operandi on the Northern European approach to conflict and peace.

Florent Frasson-Quenoz

Partner Organisations

COREDEM is a website designed to pool resources and knowledge around the subject of worldwide democracy. Modus Operandi contributes articles to the wiki included in COREDEM.





The Centre d'Études et de Recherche sur le Droit, l'Histoire et l'Administration Publique Centre  (CERDAP) is a Grenoble based research center within the law Faculty of Grenoble University. It specialised in
the study of the historical development of public institutions and contemporary mutations in public policy, especially with regard to local and regional actors. . It is one of our main partners in the organisation of the Summer School on Conflict Resolution in Central Africa, which takes place every year at the Catholic University of Central Africa in Cameroon.

Espace Europe - Université Pierre Mendés France (UPMF) Grenoble, France
Espace Europe is a federation of research groups, based at the UPMF in Grenoble. Within this department Modus Operandi has an office space, and collaborates on research projects with the CREPPEM research group. Modus Operandi also teaches courses at the UPMF. 


Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) - Grenoble, France
The partnership with GEM has been around developing new courses, especially around issues of CSR.  Modus Operandi is also part of a research group on economic peace education within GEM, as well as providing courses here.


Institut Français d'Etudes sur l'Asie Centrale (IFEAC) - Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Modus Operandi has a partnership with IFEAC around research and debates in the Central Asian region.


Irénées is an online resource for peace-building aimed at practitioners to which Modus Operandi contributes articles, and through which they have access to a worldwide network of actors.

Institute for Research and Debate on Governance (IRG) - Paris, France
The IRG is a Paris based think tank with the goal of facilitating debate around issues of governance. IRG is a research partner for Modus Operandi, especially on the theme of political legitimacy.


The Network University - Amsterdam, Holland

The Nework university is a provider of online courses who provided technical support in the form of software and hosting for the development of Modus Operandi’s own online courses.



Université Savoie - Chambéry, France

Modus Operandi provides courses within this university.


Université Stendhal - Grenoble, France
Modus Operandi provides courses on international relations within this university which focuses on literature, languages and communication.



European Science Foundation

The ESF is a federation of 79 organisations and is devoted to the promotion of high quality scientific research across 30 European countries. The ESF has supported Modus Operandi for the organisation of the 2007 conference in Linköping , 2009 workshop in Paris. As well as this Karine Gatelier, co-Director of Modus Operandi, is a member of the ESF pool of peer reviewers.


Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer pour le Progrès de l'Homme (FPH)

 The FPH is an independent foundation which has been in partnership with Modus Operandi since it was created, initially on the programme "Processes of transition and state reform". This partnership has continued and grown. The FPH now supports the institute in: research on political transformations, political legitimacy, and the state-society relationship; the organisation of debates; the creation of publications; and finally in setting up the networks that facilitate all this work.



Région Rhône-Alpes

Région Rhône-Alpes is the local regional government which provides support for education. Financial support has been received from the region for the development of research and educational material on corporate social responsibility. This has contributed to a course at Grenoble Ecole de Management, running since 2007; field research in Southern Africa and Post-Soviet Central Asia; local networking between students, civil society organisations, and corporations; and a film festival.