Head of Speech Writing for the Irish President, Michael Higgins
Aziliz Gouez holds a Masters from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po) and a Masters in Anthropology from the École des Hautes Études (EHESS, Paris).
In 2002-2003, she worked at the constituency office of then leader of the French Socialist Party, François Hollande. Combining the functions of advisor and researcher, she split her time between the weekly sessions of the National Assembly in Paris, and the daily duties of constituency politics. In 2003-2004, she was associate researcher at the LAIOS (CNRS), where she got involved in a project related to the European enlargement of 2004 (CULTPAT: "Cultural Patterns of the European Enlargement").
Aziliz Gouez became part of Notre Europe's team in 2005 as head of research on the notion of European identity. She focused on the political and identity tensions which traverse the transnational territories arisen from the last two European enlargements. Her interest then shifted to the former Yugoslavia, and she lived for a year in the Serb entity of Bosnia-Herzegovina. While remaining Research Associate at Notre Europe, Aziliz is now based at the University of Cambridge, UK, where she develops her research on the unfolding Irish sovereign debt crisis.
Aziliz Gouez also contributes to the work of the group formed by Pascal Lamy and Marc Abélès to develop an anthropological critique of capitalism. Since 2007, she has been a Member of the European Commission’s Advisory Group for Social Sciences and Humanities, and an Evaluator of the Marie Curie Actions for the Research Executive Agency.
In June 2013 she was nominated head of speech writing for the Irish President, Michael Higgins.