Niagalé Bagayoko is a political scientist. She has done extensive field research on security systems in African Francophone countries, Western security policies (France, United States, European Union) in Africa and African conflict-management mechanisms, focusing on the interface between security and development. She has taught at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Science Po) in Paris. From 2010 to 2015, she managed the “peacekeeping and peacebuilding programme” at the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) and was a member of the Scientific Committee of the French IRSEM (Institut de recherches stratégiques de l'Ecole militaire). She is now the Chair of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) .
- Lead the research team (20 personnes) for the research "Etude sur les causes profondes des conflits communautaires dans l'espace du G5/Sahel" (« Deep Roots of Community-based Conflict in G5/Sahel countries »), funded by the G5/Sahel (2019);
- Lead the programme « Security for all : Security Governance in Mali, Cameroun and Nigeria », funded by the European Union via the Friedrich Ebert Stifung (2019)
- Lead of the OXFAM funded programme "Engaging African civil society organisations (CSO), the AU and the RECs in security sector reform and governance" in coopération with the African Union (2017-2020)
- Support to the French Governement to write the zero-draft of the French Security Sector reform White Paper (2018).
- Assessment of civil-military relations in Burkina Faso and assistance to the UNDP Seniro SSR officer to help the Burkina's authorities to draft their National Security Strategy (2018);
- Study of the "Security Sector Reform Process in Mali", Research programme "Stabilizing Mali: Challenges of conflicts resolution" managed by the Université Quebec Montreal (UQAM) and funded by the Canadian Governement ( 2018)