Governance and Local Development Institute

“We aim to promote human welfare by conducting scientifically rigorous research across the globe. Our research focuses on answering a fundamental question: why are some communities able to provide secure environments, good education, adequate healthcare, and other factors that encourage human development, while others fail to do so? We engage with communities across the world, develop methodological tools, gather data, undertake analyses on major issues affecting societies today, and disseminate findings to academics, relevant policy-makers, and the communities in which we work.”

Latest Publications

Do Local Gender Quotas Improve the Electability of Women at Higher Tiers? Evidence from a Survey Experiment in North India

Do local gender quotas have “spillover effects” for women’s electability at higher tiers? Using a conjoint survey experiment in the North Indian state of Bihar, this paper assesses how exposure to village-level female leaders elected [...]


Social Media, Incumbent Support, and Election Irregularities: Evidence from Malawi

How does rising access to social media shape elections in low-income democracies? In a controversial, overturned election in Malawi, this paper shows how exposure to online platforms can reduce unfair incumbency advantages and improve election administration [...]

Fellow Interview with Barry Maydom

Barry Maydom is a Lecturer in Politics in the School of Social Sciences at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research focuses on the political effects of emigration in migrants’ homelands, and he teaches courses on quantitative research methods and experimental research design. We spoke to Barry about his previous GLD work, his research background, and his current project on how emigration shapes local social contracts in Latin America.

Governance Uncovered

Our monthly podcast invites scholars and professionals worldwide to discuss issues related to governance and local development with host Ellen Lust.

Governance Uncovered is supported by the Swedish Research Council.