Purushottam Adhikari

Purushottam is studying International Program for Politics and Economics (IPPE) at Högskolan Vast (University West), Trollhättan Sweden. He is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal and speaks 5 languages Nepali, English, Hindi, Urdu and Swedish. Before moving to Sweden in 2015 he lived in the UK for 6 years. He is interested in topics such as sustainable development (and various projects running under the SDGs 2030 agenda), human rights and migration, transgender studies, political economy, and environmental governance. Besides his regular university studies, he has worked as a volunteer at the Swedish migration agency’s deportation center located at Gothenburg with the  Swedish Red Cross for 9 months, where he was mostly involved with assisting the asylum seekers with their human rights issues.




Hala Agha

Hala Agha has a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Damascus, Syria. Her thesis was titled: “Violence against Wives in Damascus and Damascus Countryside Directories, a field Sociological Study from a Gender perspective” (at individual level). It was a pioneer study in sociology on family in Syria. The aim the study was to find out the true scale of the phenomenon and discover the relationships between all factors, related to gender based violence against wives in Syria at all levels (micro, mezzo, and macro). The study won a grant from the Arabic Women’s Organization for the best thesis project in sociology in all of the Arab countries in 2009.

Hala also participated in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Division of Continuing Education Programme. She worked for 24 years as a Community Development & Relief Social Worker for UNRWA in Syria. She supervised many Community Development Centers and she was a Capacity Building Facilitator on Gender Based Violence (GBV) referral system and gender workshops. Hala also worked as a freelancer trainer on the topics: Assessment of Community Needs, Gender& Gender Based Violence (GBV) and drugs prevention for the staffs of NGOs and local community members. She worked as a consultant on Palestinian Youth Strategy with UNRWA & UNICEF. She participated in the formulation process for the strategy, did gender analyses and the editing of the strategy document. Hala has been a representative of UNRWA in many forums and workshops such as the Syria child protection assessment interpretation, Amman 2013 (UNICEF). Hala is an outspoken feminist and active in field of gender equality and human rights. She is a co-founder of the Palestinian commission against drugs. She also found time to be a lecturer in the cultural and social centers and on TV, aiming to raise the awareness about social and community development.


Selma Agić

Selma is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Global Studies and International Relations at the University of Gothenburg. Her interests broadly covers four main themes: global security, governance, democracy and identity in particularly the MENA region and former Yugoslavia. At GLD, she hopes to gain more insight about Sub-Saharan Africa and develop qualitative and quantitative analysis skills.



Nesrine Ben Brahim

Nesrine holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Oxford. Before joining GLD, Nesrine was working for the Danish Refugee Council in Greece. Nesrine has experience working on several research projects with Princeton University, PRIO, LSE, and Oxford, as well as NGOs in Tunisia and the UK. Her research interests include state fragility, governance, and development with a focus on the MENA region. She is fluent in Arabic and French.



Hanna Buznytska

Hanna Buznytska is currently studying the International Administration and Global Governance Master Program in the University of Gothenburg. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in Kyiv, Ukraine, she went to do the European Voluntary Service in a small town in Poland, where she was working with the local community promoting multiculturalism and human rights. She has also been active in public relations in AEGEE (European Students’ Forum) for several years, and has held a board position in AEGEE Election Observation, which deals with assessment of engagement of youth in elections in Europe. Currently she is responsible for PR in the Society of International Affairs Gothenburg. During the internship at GLD, Hanna will mainly be working with report writing, social media, and public relations. She is particularly interested in corruption, gender relations in politics, development aid distribution, and impact of the social institutions on quality of governance. She hopes that her internship at GLD will help her gain some practical knowledge about the abovevmentioned issues, as well as choose a topic for her Master thesis.



Ruth Carlitz

Ruth Carlitz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in June 2016. Her research looks at government responsiveness from the ‘top down’ (how governments distribute public goods) and the ‘bottom up’ (what citizens and non-governmental organizations can do to promote transparency and accountability). Ruth’s dissertation focuses on Tanzania, where nearly half of the population languishes without access to a clean and safe source of drinking water despite massive investments in this sector in recent years. In order to make sense of this disconnect, she analyzes finely-grained, geo-coded data on spending and infrastructure construction for water provision, contextualized by public opinion surveys, interviews and focus group discussions. She finds that Tanzania's strategy of decentralizing water provision to local governments has largely failed to improve access, due to political favoritism at the local level as well as a ‘demand-responsive approach’ that privileges wealthier communities. In addition to her academic research, Ruth has worked on evaluations commissioned by organizations including the World Bank, the International Budget Partnership, and the Institute of Development Studies. Ruth lived in Tanzania from 2006-2008, where she worked with the local NGO HakiElimu. She has also conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda. Website: www.ruthcarlitz.com



Ariadna Carrascosa Hidalgo

Ariadna is an intern during the winter 2018/19 semester. She is currently in her second year of the Master's Program in Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. With a background in law, she is interested in democracy and participation, policy implementation, why we follow norms and rules, but also AI and the environment, among others. Ariadna wishes to learn how practical research is implemented, as well as improve her analytical and data skills.


Bruna Castro

Bruna is an intern at the GLD during the summer of 2018. She is currently doing her M.A. in Human Rights Policy and Practice at Gothenburg University, Universidad Deusto, and Roehampton University. Bruna, a lawyer, is interested in anti-corruption, good governance, and implementation of economic and social rights. During her bachelor, she was an intern at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C., where she obtained experience in anti-corruption and transparency.



Hamdi Charksi

Hamdi Charksi is a Statistical engineer from the Graduate School of Statistics and Information Analysis, he is a specialist in Big Data and Business intelligence. He joined the GLD Team in 2014, he participated in two projects realised in Tunisia, as being a supervisor, trainer, and he participated in the process of survey implementation, the data management and data analysis. Hamdi was an intern during spring 2016 at the Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg. He participated in projects of GLD Program on the Local Governance Performance index, focusing on current work in Tunisia, Malawi and China. He contributed to the process of survey implementation, data analysis and dissemination of results. Hamdi is also a Head research assistant in the 2016 Tunisian Political attitudes Project with the University of Texas of Austin.



Yuying Chen

Yuying Chen is a second year master student of the International Administration and Global Governance program, doing a double degree master between the University of Gothenburg and Fudan University. She got a Bachelor of International Politics and Bachelor of Economics from Xiamen University. Yuying has developed a keen interest in research on global development and governance issues. She worked as a research assistant in the Center for Asia-Pacific Cooperation and Governance, Fudan University. She was a Public Relations intern in the U.S Department of Labor from January 2015 to June 2015, a consulting intern in Mercer Consulting Company from January 2016 to May 2016, as well as a four-month intern in the Department of Public Information, United Nations Headquarters.



Adam Childs

Adam is an intern at GLD during autumn 2018. He is currently studying a master’s programme in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. Before this he studied his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at UEA in England and also took the opportunity to study practical philosophy for a semester at Uppsala University in Sweden. During this time he was very interested in the moral and political aspects of philosophy. Adam’s current interests in political science focus on inequality, the effects of urbanization, political ideologies, and political parties.



Zoltán Dóczi

Zoltán Dóczi was an intern at the Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg. At the same time, he was a lecturer at the National University of Public Service in Budapest (Hungary) teaching Migration as Security Challenge research seminar. Zoltán was finishing his PhD project entitled Law Enforcement Large-Scale IT Systems in EU Internal Security and Migration Policies at the University of Pécs (Hungary). The project concentrates on how the EU´s migration regime can operate more effectively and fairly at the same time. Previously he worked as Hungary´s migration and asylum expert at the European Migration Network. He was also involved in research on visa liberalization. He holds two master´s degrees in international relations and public administration. Zoltán speaks English, French, Russian, German and Swedish besides Hungarian.


Lali Dvali

Lali Dvali is currently studying a master`s program in International Administration and Global Governance at the University of Gothenburg. She has always been interested in the character of international relations and how these relations are regulated by norms and institutions. She has also had an interest in local factors affecting development of states. The latter influenced Lalis choice to complete courses in Caucasus Studies and African Studies with insights into local and external factors influencing the democratization and development of regions. She also finds social institutions very interesting to study. As a region, Africa is her biggest interest.


Frida Ericsson

Frida is a recent graduate from the International Development and Management MSc program (LUMID) at Lund University, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College Dublin in Economics and Political Science. Frida has previously interned with UN food agencies, and conducted research in rural Cambodia on gender-based access to food and accompanying livelihood patterns. At GLD, she now hopes to deepen her quantitative research and analysis skills in addition to gaining more insight into factors affecting the efficiency of governance and local development in Sub-Saharan African countries.


Jens Ewald

Jens was born and raised in Gothenburg but has previously also lived in Norway and in the US. He enjoys meeting new people and he is great at disc golf. Jens has a bachelor’s degree in economics, and has besides that taken courses in Swedish, English, and political science. Jens did an internship at the Program on Governance and Local Development during spring 2016. During the summer of 2016 he worked as a research assistant for GLD. He assisted the research team with data collection, dissemination, and writing reports. In addition, Jens is also interested in development economics and health economics. For his bachelor thesis he conducted a field study in India, examining the relationships between microfinance and child health.



Josephine Gakii

Josephine Gakii is an economist who is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Program on Governance and Local Development in the Political Science Department at the University of Gothenburg. Her work focuses on development economics covering health, water, behavioral economics and political economy mainly in Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa. She has previous research experience from Kenya, where she worked at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) and the Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (attached to the National Aids Control Council – NACC), and with the World Bank in Tanzania. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.


Mina Ghassaban Kjellén

Mina is in her second year of the Master’s Programme in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. Her main interest lies in the Middle East and North Africa region, particularly on issues concerning democratization, governance, political identities and the relationship between these and ideological frameworks such as political Islam and postcolonialism. She also has a large interest in languages, having studied French, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and Persian. Mina did a short-term internship at The Program on Governance and Local Development in June 2017, assisting with the Workshop on Islamists and Local Politics co-hosted with the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS). For the fall semester’s internship, she looks forward to learn more about the thematic areas of governance and local development, as well as getting further insight on the research conducted at the Department of Political Science at UoG.



Anna-Magdalena Gross

Anna-Magdalena is currently finishing her Bachelor studies in International Business Administration at the Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany.



Petter Holmgren

Petter Holmgren was an intern at the Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg during spring 2016. During the summer of 2016 he was working as a research assistant. Studying the first year of his master program International Administration and Global Governance he is interested in corruption, efficiency in provision of public goods and gender relations. He took his bachelor in Political Science and Economy at Lund University with his thesis “Men, Masculinity and the Military”. During his bachelor Petter also studied at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey and has after his graduation worked at the Swedish Broadcasting Authority and with foreign aid in the Western Balkans before starting his master at the University of Gothenburg in 2015.



Salima Ismayilzada

Salima Ismayilzada is studying MaPS at the University of Gothenburg as an SI scholarship holder. She has graduated with BA in Public Affairs from ADA University.  Besides GLD, she interned at the Quality of Government Institute and worked in UN Azerbaijan and ELSA Azerbaijan. Her main career interests center on gender studies, human rights, and democracy. She is specifically interested in pursuing a career in international organizations like the United Nations, the Human Rights Watch. She speaks English, Azerbaijani, Russian, and Turkish.


Jenna Jordan

Jenna joins GLD as our new Data Science Intern. She is currently a Master's student in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her interests lie in data curation and management of international development, governance, and conflict data.



Suprabhath Kalahasti

Suprabhath holds a Masters in Biological Sciences and a Bachelors in Pharmacy from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani. Suprabhath is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Health – Health Economics from the University of Gothenburg. He has previously worked as a Consultant at IQVIA in Public Health development projects in the Middle East & Africa. His areas of interest include health systems research, health care financing, epidemiology, data sciences, and data journalism.



Anmar Kamalaldin

Anmar was born and raised in Manama, the capital of the smallest country in the Middle East, Bahrain. Anmar has a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden), where he researched the topic of Sustainability Education for his Master’s thesis. His previous academic background was in business, as he did a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Warwick (UK), followed by a Master’s degree in International Management for Middle East and North Africa at the University of London. Anmar has five years’ work experience in banking, as he was a manager at Gulf International Bank, a major wholesale bank in Bahrain. He currently works as an Assistant Researcher for GLD. Anmar enjoys reading, playing piano, travelling and drinking coffee!


Clancy Karlsson

Clancy is an Associate Researcher at GLD and holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies from the University of North Texas. In addition to his duties with GLD, he is currently a Masters student in the International Administration and Global Governance (IAGG) program at the University of Gothenburg, and is a former GLD intern. His academic interests include issues of censorship, surveillance, free expression, and digital privacy.

Email: clancy.karlsson@gu.se


Dziyana Katselkina

Dziyana is currently doing her first year of the International Administration and Global Governance master’s program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Dziyana was previously an intern at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Belarus and worked at the Department for International Cooperation at the city administration. Her interests include issues concerning good governance, development aid, gender studies, and identity politics. At GLD, she would like to gain knowledge about the factors affecting local development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, she wishes to enhance her analytical skills and get a practical insight into data analysis.



Sara Kenney

Sara is currently studying towards her master’s degree in International Administration and Global Governance at the University of Gothenburg, with a focus on the performance of democracies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and has a passion for foreign languages. A former intern, Sara now provides a mix of administrative and organizational support to the GLD team as the Research Coordinator.



Robert Kristiansen

Robert is currently doing his first year of the International Administration and Global Governance master’s program. He is especially interested in questions regarding democracy, populism and ownership-driven development on a local level, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Development Studies and History, both acquired at Gothenburg University. At GLD, Robert hopes to develop his knowledge on local development and gain insight into relevant research and quantitative analysis methods.



Mohamed Kubub

Mohamed holds a Bachelor degree in Administrative Science majoring in economics and accounting from Kuwait University, College of Administrative Science. He has worked in finance, accounting and administration for about ten years in different companies in Kuwait. He knows Tigre, Arabic, English and Swedish. His goal is to work with new challenges and develop his skills while doing it. He also plans to continue his studies in economics. In his free time Mohamed likes to read books about history and watching movies.



Laura-Silvia Lungu

Laura was doing her M.A. in Comparative Politics at the University of Konstanz and University of Gothenburg. After completing her undergraduate studies in International Relations and European Studies in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, she worked at the Centre Européen Robert Schuman, Metz and helped organize cultural exchanges for young people from all over Europe. Laura is interested in corruption, quality of governance, endogenous political preference formation, hoping to become a Poli Sci researcher at day and activist for social justice at night. She also loves books, story telling games and grammar rules. Her tasks at GLD allowed her to apply the knowledge in data analysis and research design she gained so far during her first M.A. year in Konstanz.



Anita Mureithi

Anita Mureithi is currently an MSc student in Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. She comes from Nairobi, Kenya and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies and Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town. Anita’s interests lie in democratization and she has a passion for communication for development. Since coming to Gothenburg, Anita has worked as a digital ambassador for Study in Sweden at the Swedish Institute and a mentor at the University. Anita hopes that her internship at GLD will give her more insight into the research field with research projects such as the Local Governance Performance Index (LGPI).



Sebastian Nickel

Sebastian is GLD’s data manager since August. He has an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Greifswald (Germany) and previously worked as a research assistant at the Chair of International Relations and the Chair of Early Modern History (both at the University of Greifswald). His research interests focus on migration in and between developing countries and whether project aid has any effect on migration patterns on a sub-national level.



Hazal Ozvaris

Hazal is an intern at GLD during the autumn of 2018. She is doing her M.A. in Political Science at Gothenburg University. Before the programme, she had been working as a political journalist and conducting weekly interviews, 30 of which on the subject of the Turkish media under authoritarianism were complied and published as a book. She was one of the founders of the Platform for Independent Journalism (P24). She is interested in the funds that are delivered for improving gender equality in the Middle East region, social movements and electoral authoritarianism.



Max Peterson

Max Peterson is in his first year of the Master Program in European Studies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Gothenburg where he also studied International Relations and Spanish. His main interests European and Middle Eastern politics and especially issues concerning governance. He also loves culture and reads everything from classics to current literature. Max thinks that the internship at GLD can provide him with valuable experience and skills that he can have use for in the future.


Anita Rind

Anita Rind is currently a second year student of the Global Studies Master’s Program at the University of Gothenburg. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies with focus on Chinese Studies from Heidelberg University, Germany. Her main areas of interest lie in gender relations, policy effectiveness, and East Asian politics. She is fluent in German and Mandarin. In her spare time, she enjoys apartment hunting in the city of Gothenburg and staying up to date with the latest food trends.


Michael Stam

Michael is an intern at GLD during the summer of 2018. He is currently doing his M.A. in Human Rights Policy and Practice at Gothenburg University, Universidad Deusto, and Roehampton University. During his B.A. in Governance at Utrecht University he was the president of the university's Dutch United Nations Students Association, as well as sitting on the board of the Dutch United Nations Association. He is specifically interested in policy change, the human rights-based approach, and policy implementation. 



Nora Stel

Nora Stel works as Assistant Professor in Governance and Human Rights at the Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands. She is Affiliated Scholar at Utrecht University’s Centre for Conflict Studies, the Netherlands, and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Nora works on the political anthropology of governance, authority and legitimacy in conflict-affected contexts, with a particular focus on non-state actors, informal institutions and refugee communities in the Levant. She has done fieldwork in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Burundi and Ethiopia for which she has been awarded several research grants, including one from Yale University. Nora has published with Oxford University Press and in journals such as Antipode, the Journal of Refugee StudiesDevelopment and Change and Mediterranean Politics. As a visiting scholar to the Governance and Local Development program at Gothenburg University, Nora is currently working on a postdoctoral research project titled ‘Hybrid Political Order and the Politics of Uncertainty: The Governance of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon’ under a Niels Stensen Fellowship.

Website: https://uu.academia.edu/NStel / 


Axel Tengwall

Axel Tengwall is 23 years of age, and grew up in the southern part of Sweden and moved to Gothenburg after high school. Politics, economics and social change has always been dear interests to Axel, which is why he  went to university to study history and global studies. Specifically, Axel is interested in political economy and critical security studies. This spring he will take his bachelor´s in global studies and proceed with a masters.   



Maria Thorson

Maria Thorson was the Program Manager for the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD). She has a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in societal psychology from the University of Gothenburg. She has previously worked as an assistant researcher and consultant at the Department of Psychology at the University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy, and Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital. Her previous research experience includes environmental psychology, developmental psychology, medical research, and educational research.



Evangelia Varagka

Evangelia holds a bachelor degree in Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and a Master Degree in European Studies from the University of Gothenburg. She has worked as freelance lawyer, having her own firm for five years, and she is a member of Katerini Bar Association (Greece). Evangelia is interested in topics related to the EU integration, migration, gender issues, corruption and accountability. She hopes that her internship at GLD program would enrich her knowledge on governance and local development and would give her an insight on the working life of a researcher. Evangelia speaks three languages English, Italian and French and she is currently learning Swedish. In her free time she likes to travel, hike, read books and meet with friends.   



Isabel Wilson

Isabel Wilson is a research intern at GLD for the Fall Semester. Isabel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from Jönköping University with the thesis “Arctic self-determination or Arctic self-interest? Limited liberation for the Arctic indigenous peoples within the nation state.” She is currently finishing the last year of her Master’s degree in International Administration and Global Governance at the University of Gothenburg. Her academic interests include politics of development, women in governance, indigenous rights, conflict transformation, democratization, and the African and Asia-Pacific regions.