GLD Alumni


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.