Researcher, World Customs Organization & Associate Professor, Auvergne University School of Economics
Thomas Cantens joined the French Customs service in 1997 where he occupied a number of positions in investigation and intelligence units and at Customs’ Headquarters. Before joining the WCO Research Unit in 2010, he served as a Technical Advisor to the Directors General of the Malian Customs and Cameroon Customs Administrations for 6 years. He is also a lecturer at the Auvergne University School of Economics (France) since 2012, where he teaches social anthropology applied to international trade governance and taxation.
His current work focuses on corruption and violence, the use of public quantification in anti-corruption policies and the restoration of the State and its role in the circulation of wealth at fragile borders. His main fieldworks are in Africa and in the MENA region.
Thomas has a degree in engineering, a Master in Philosophy and a PhD in Social Anthropology and Ethnology from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris).
- Cantens, Thomas and Mariya Polner. 2016. “Fighting Corruption in Customs: Some Theoretical Insights and Empirical Lessons.” In Rafa Ksek, Maxim Boroda, Ziemowit Jówik (ed.), Addressing Security Risks at the Ukrainian Border Through Best Practices on Good Governance, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, pp. 74-94.
- Cantens, Thomas and Gael Raballand. 2016. “Fragile Borders: rethinking borders and insecurity in Northern Mali” published by The Global Initiative Against Transnational Crime , Geneva,
- Cantens, Thomas, Robert Ireland and Gael Raballand. 2015. “Introduction: Borders, Informality, International Trade and Customs.”, Journal of Borderlands Studies, 30 (3):365-380
- Cantens, Thomas. 2015. “Mirror Analysis: Customs Risk Analysis and Fraud Detection.” Global Trade and Customs Journal 10 (6):207-216.
- Cantens, Thomas. 2015. “Un scanner de conteneurs en Terre Promise camerounaise : adopter et s’approprier une technologie de contrôle. A Container Scanning Machine in the Promised Land: Adopting and Taking the Ownership of a Control Technology.” L’Espace Politique. Revue en ligne de géographie politique et de géopolitique (25). doi:10.4000/espacepolitique.3415.
- Cantens, Thomas, Jonathan Kaminski, Gaël Raballand, and Tchouawou Tchapa. 2014. Customs, Brokers, and Informal Sectors: A Cameroon Case Study . World Bank, Policy Research WPS6788.