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Franco-British Young Leader 2023 - Dr Joanne Brueton


The Institute is pleased to share that Dr Joanne Brueton, Senior Lecturer in French Studies, has been selected as one of this year’s cohort of Franco-British Young Leaders, a programme that aims to deepen understanding and collaboration between France and the UK.

In the sixth year of its Young Leaders project, the Franco-British Council/Conseil Franco-Britannique has announced 22 new Young Leaders from across France and Britain. Dr Joanne Brueton has been selected for the 2023 cohort, joining a prestigious network of 134 alumni who have all contributed to shaping the future of Franco-British ties by cooperating across different sectors.
Young Leaders hold senior positions in academia, music, civil service, military, politics, and charitable organisations. They are dedicated to encouraging closer relations between Britain and France by promoting an innovative vision of the future bilateral relationship. The programme aims to build a generation of 21st century leaders who will create lasting bilateral dialogue at the highest level.

Dr Joanne Brueton appointed this years Franco-British Young Leader

Members of the selection jury include leading figures from the UK and France, including: Hélène Duchêne, the French ambassador to the UK; Dame Menna Rawlings, the British ambassador to France; former Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC; Oriel Petry, the senior vice president of Airbus UK; Sir Stewart Cole, the director-general of the Pasteur Institute; and Lord Peter Ricketts, Chair of the Franco-British Council.
With Joanne’s research interests in decolonial and diasporic French poetics, the annual seminar in Paris this June offered the chance for cross-sector dialogue about the decolonization agenda facing languages study in the UK and the French-speaking world. From the British Embassy in Paris to the Mairie in Rouen, from the Assemblée Nationale to the Bourse de Commerce, Joanne engaged in four days of rich discussions that yielded new insights around student mobility and widening access to higher education in France and the United Kingdom. The second annual seminar will take place in London next June.