Olivia Nantermoz

Associate Student Adviser, LSE LIFE

Academic and Professional Development

Key Expertise

About me

I was born and grew up in France. After obtaining a scientific high school diploma, I decided to study philosophy and social sciences, in a joint bachelor degree between Sciences Po Paris and La Sorbonne (Paris IV). My master was also a double degree programme, this time between Sciences Po and LSE. In Paris I studied International Public Management; and in September 2016 I started a MSc in International Relations at the LSE.

I loved the experience so much that I could not stay away from London very long. After a gap year spent in Taiwan, I came back in 2018 to start a PhD, still within the International Relations Department. My PhD research explores the politics and practices of international criminal justice (especially in the cases of Syria, Myanmar and Iraq); and my broader research interests involve international law, human rights and refugee/migration issues.

It is hard to know whether the travel bug comes from my genes or my education, but I’ve always been passionate about discovering new places, new cultures and new languages. I’ve taken every opportunity I’ve found to travel abroad: during my studies (spending a year abroad at Rutgers University, USA); for summer internships (in Ecuador and India); and accepting a job as a French Assistant Professor at a Taiwanese University two years ago.

Since little I’ve also had a burning desire to learn and understand new things. As I grew up, I came to realize that most of my learning would come not from books, but from discussions and exchanges with others! One of the most attractive things to me at the LSE is this multiplicity of perspectives and experiences that we all contribute towards.

Notwithstanding this, having done most of my studies in France made me realize how different national education systems can be – and the expectations that come with them. As an associate Study Adviser at LSE LIFE, I am passionate about ‘demystifying’ the UK academic system, and making students grow not only academically, but also personally and professionally.   Despite the challenges that will inevitably arise, I am here to help you make the most of your experience at LSE – and hopefully love it!