February 2018 Newsletter 

In this month's newsletter:
  • PhD Application Update
  • Oman trip
  • Annual Conference Update
  • SAFEResearch Workshop at the University of Gothenburg
  • GLD Presentations
  • GLD Publications
  • Staff Announcements
Update: PhD Position
GLD is pleased to announce that we received over 60 PhD applications during the recent application period. The successful applicant will join current PhD students, Felix Hartmann, Ezgi Irgil, and Prisca Jöst. We expect the choice to be made by the end of April.

GLD in Oman

GLD Director Ellen Lust traveled to Oman this month, where she had the opportunity to meet the inspiring principal of the Abdullah Ibn Al-‘Abas Secondary School, Khalid Salam Al Karusi.
The principal, pictured above, spearheaded a project by students, teachers and community members to build a hydroponic greenhouse. The greenhouse is used in the schools education, and provides an excellent example of how to grow vegetables in the salty, sandy soil of the area. Congratulations to the school, and thank you to the community for welcoming our visit!
Inside the Matrouh Souk (Marketplace)
And the ceiling in the Grand Mosque of Muscat


SAFEResearch Workshop
The School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg,
April 26, 2018

As covered in our previous newsletter, the SAFEResearch Handbook group, Jannis Grimm (Freie Universität Berlin), Ilyas Saliba (Amnesty International), Ellen Lust (GLD), Isabell Schierenbeck (SGS), and Kevin Koehler (American University of Cairo), plan to refine the Handbook through collaboration and several dissemination conferences. To encourage and support further development and awareness of the Handbook, GLD and the School of Global Studies will host a workshop on April 26, 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden. For more information, please contact us. Future events include presentations at the Scholars at Risk conference, the Development Research Conference, and other venues. We would like to thank Riksbankens Jubileumsfond & Vetenskapsrådet for their support.

Please save the date and stay tuned for future announcements on this event!


At the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg on February 8, GLD Visiting Scholar, Nora Stel, presented: "Refugees, States and the Politics of Uncertainty - How Lebanon Governs its Informal Syrian and Palestinian Settlements." 
Also on February 8 at the Center on the Politics of Development, UC Berkeley, GLD PhD candidate, Felix Hartmann, presented: "Extracting Signals from Noise: Programmatic Transfers and Incumbent Voting in the Philippines."
Staff Announcements:

Interim Researcher: Josephine Gakii Gatua

We are pleased to welcome Josephine Gakii Gatua to the GLD team as an interim researcher. Josephine is a PhD student in the Department of Economics at the University of Gothenburg, where she is completing a dissertation on health economics.  She is currently in Kenya, assisting GLD with research on the project regarding Social Institutions and Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa (funded by grants from Vetenskapsrådet and FORMAS). Welcome, Josephine!

Visiting Scholar: Justin Gengler

During February 12-17, GLD hosted Justin Gengler, an Assistant Professor with the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) at Qatar University. During his visit, we held a workshop on his current research.

Biography: Justin Gengler received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 2011 from the University of Michigan. He is the author most recently of Group Conflict and Political Mobilization in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf: Rethinking the Rentier State (Indiana University Press, 2015), and publishes regularly in both scholarly and policy fora on topics related to sectarian politics, Arab Gulf public opinion, and survey methodology in the Middle East. Contact him here.
In early February, GLD welcomed our newest intern to the team, Frida Ericsson!

Our interns enrich our office and make our work possible. We are currently collecting applications for the second term of the Spring semester (late March to early June). 
To apply, please see our website.



Hans Lueders and Ellen Lust. Forthcoming. “Multiple Measurements, Elusive Agreement, and Unstable Outcomes in the Study of Regime Change.” Journal of Politics, is published online ahead-of-print here.

GLD edited the most recent Comparative Democratization Newsletter for the American Political Science Association.  We thank our contributors, Eric Arias, Karen Ferree, Lise Rakner, and Luis Schiumerini, and to Anton Kimfors for excellent editorial assistance. See below for detailed citations.

Karen Feree (2018). Accountability and the Challenges of Performance Voting in Africa. In Lindberg, S (Ed.), APSA Comparative Democratization Newsletter. The American Political Science Association, 16(1), p. 16-21

Eric Arias (2018). Promises and Perils of Informational Interventions for Electoral Accountability. In Lindberg, S (Ed.), APSA Comparative Democratization Newsletter. The American Political Science Association, 16(1), p. 4-7

Luis Schiumerini (2018). Incumbency Effects and Democratic Accountability in the Developing World. In Lindberg, S (Ed.), APSA Comparative Democratization Newsletter. The American Political Science Association, 16(1), p. 12-15

Ruth Carlitz, Adam Harris, Kristen Kao & Ellen Lust. (2018). Intro. In Lindberg, S (Ed.), APSA Comparative Democratization Newsletter. The American Political Science Association, 16(1), p. 3    

Adam Harris, Kristen Kao & Ellen Lust. (2018). The determinants of local and national vote choice: evidence from a conjoint experience. In Lindberg, S (Ed.), APSA Comparative Democratization Newsletter. The American Political Science Association, 16(1), p. 8-11    

Kristen Kao, Ellen Lust & Lise Rakner. (2018). Money Machine: Do the poor demand clientelism? In Lindberg, S (Ed.), APSA Comparative Democratization Newsletter. The American Political Science Association, 16(1), p. 22-26    
GLD's Second Annual Conference
May 31 & June 1 - Gothenburg, Sweden,

The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg will hold its Second Annual Conference on May 31 - June 1, 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden, with the theme:
"Layered Authority"

We seek to showcase research that examines the ways in which different authorities interact, and the extent to which they complement or clash with each other. We also wish to understand how such interactions affect governance more broadly -- at the community as well as the state level. At this conference, we aim to stimulate dialogue on such questions among scholars, policymakers, and other members of the development community.

If you would like to attend the conference, and have not received an invitation, please register here, or visit our conference website for more details.
GU's Annual Policy Dialogue Day
GLD's Second Annual Conference will be preceded by Gothenburg University's Annual Policy Dialogue Day on May 30, 2018 at the Wallenberg Conference Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. This year's theme is:

"New Research = Better Policies. Insights on Democracy, Governance, and Armed Conflict."

This event is jointly organised by the V-Dem InstituteQoG - Quality of Government InstituteGovernance and Local Development - GLD and UCDP (Uppsala Conflict Data Program). This event bridges the gap between analysis and practice and aims to shed light on questions relating to democracy support and governance, while also serving as a meeting platform for practitioners, policy makers, and academics. We would be delighted if you are able to join us for this important event. To sign-up, please contact Natalia Stepanova.

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