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May 2020

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  • Podcast: The Student Protests in Hong Kong 
  • Working Paper Compendium 
  • 2019 Annual Report 
  • Safer Research Book 
  • Short Term Grants 
  • And Much More! 

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Podcast: The Student Protests in Hong Kong


Episode 15: This month, we talk to Brian Leung Kai-Ping, a graduate student in Political Science at the University of Washington. You might also recognize Brian as the brave student activist who removed his mask during the storming of the Hong Kong Legislative Council Complex in July 2019.

Brian talks about political mobilization, urban geography, and their roles in the Hong Kong student protests. We get to hear his thoughts on, and experiences of, the frontlines during the Hong Kong student protest movement.

This podcast also offers insight into the renewed protests against the new Hong Kong security law, and thoughts on where Hong Kong goes from here.


Working Paper: The Dynamics of Decentralization in the MENA:  Processes, Outcomes, and Obstacles

This working paper is part of a two-year project on decentralization in the MENA, focusing on Oman. The broader project aims to make three main contributions. First, it seeks to promote policy-relevant, scholarly research on decentralization, and pave the way for further cross-national studies and analyses on the topic. Second, it will inform stakeholders in the Sultanate of Oman, focusing on how differences in community governance structures – i.e. the extent to which citizens turn to state institutions versus non-state actors for services and participate in decision processes – affect challenges to decentralization. Third, it aims to strengthen and expand networks of scholars and other decentralization-oriented stakeholders from around the world, whilst also engaging local voices.
To achieve these objectives, the study employs a multi-method approach to explore how and when citizens turn to state and non-state institutions. The goal is not only to expand our understanding of decentralization in the context of strong social institutions, but also to establish sustainable scholarly and policy-relevant networks and dialogues around these issues.
In March 2020, we brought together decentralization scholars from around the MENA region at the University of Gothenburg. The discussions focused around the design of decentralization reforms, obstacles, progress and outcomes. It also highlighted the goals and design of upcoming research on decentralization in Oman. Furthermore, participants discussed project design and potential points of comparison with on-going research in other MENA countries. The following compendium is the result of that two-day workshop.

Read the full working paper.

2019 Annual Report 

Read our 2019 Annual Report for updates on:
  • Ongoing Projects 
  • Our Research
  • The New GLD Data Team  
  • GLD's 2019 Publications
  • New Projects 

Find out more 

The Safer Research Book is Out!

The Safer Research book is out, and can be purchased from a variety of online retailers, including Amazon. 

The book explores the challenges and risks of social science fieldwork, shares best practices for conducting research in hostile environments and offers pragmatic advice to help you make good decisions.

Drawing on the authors’ experiences in conflict regions, and grounded in real-world examples, the book:

  • Provides practical guidance on important considerations like choosing a research question in sensitive contexts
  • Gives advice on data and digital security to help minimize fieldwork risk in a contemporary research environment
  • Offers tools and templates to develop a tailored security framework

Building your understanding of the challenges of on-the-ground research, this book empowers you to meet the challenges of your research landscape head-on.

Find out more
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Congratulations, Short Term Grant Recipients

This month, GLD awarded grants to five researchers from around the world. The grants will facilitate their upcoming fieldwork, and we will publish their results in GLD Working Papers. We look forward to seeing all of these projects develop.

GLD STG Recipients:
Paige Bollen
Project Title: Legibility from Below: Language, Visibility, and Ethnic Politics in Africa 
Research Country: Ghana 
Anirvan Chowdhury 
Project Title: How do Religiously Conservative Parties Mobilize Women in Election Campaigns? Theory and Evidence from India 
Research Country: India 
Karen Ferree
Project Title: Choice, Choice Set and Ethnic Voting in Africa
Research Country: Ghana
Blair Read
Project Title: When Voice Leads to Exit: Politics of Education in Developing Democracies 
Research Country: India 
Salih Yasun
Project Title: Structuring Inclusive Local Governance in Post-Authoritarian Tunisia 
Research Country: Tunisia 

Over 20 people applied for this round of the GLD STG, and we'd like to thank everyone for submitting such high-quality proposals. The next round for grants closes September 30th 2020. We look forward to receiving your applications. You can read more about the application process here.

Prisca Jöst Invited to the Swedish MENA Network (UI)

We are happy to announce that GLDs PhD student Prisca Jöst has been invited to become a part of the Swedish MENA Network (SWEMENA). The network was initiated by Programme Manager at the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) together with other colleagues within Sweden’s MENA research field.

The network aims to bring together different communities of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in Sweden. The network’s goal is to generate an environment that encourages interdisciplinary research collaborations, generate an environment that encourages interdisciplinary research collaborations, inspires dialogue between different institutions, and have a positive impact on policy and society.

At present, the network consists of members associated with the following institutions and organisations in Sweden:

The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University
The Department of Political Science, Lund University
The Department of Political Science, Linnaeus University
School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University
The Department of Social Sciences, Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College
School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg
Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS)
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
The Department of Social Science, Södertörn University
Historical and Contemporary Studies, Södertörn University
The Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, Stockholm University
Department of Theology, Uppsala University



Irgil, Ezgi. "Broadening the Positionality in Migration Studies: Assigned insider category," Forthcoming, Migration Studies.

Jöst, Prisca. "Unemployed Mobilization without Organization: Grievances and group solidarity of the unemployed in Tunisia," Forthcoming, Mobilization, An International Quarterly 25(2): 265-283.



GLD Fall Internships

Here at GLD we are already preparing for an exciting fall semester at the University of Gothenburg. If you are thinking about pursuing an internship as part of your studies, or want to gain work experience with a research program, we are currently accepting applications for three different internships: ResearchData Science and Project Management/Communications. Click here to learn more about these positions.

Benefits of a GLD Internship
  • Gain valuable work experience in a research environment
  • Learn new skills
  • Apply knowledge from academic studies to real-world situations
  • Enhance your employability

Application Deadline: June 31st 2020
Start Date: August 2020
Length of Internship: 10 or 20 weeks
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Working Language: English

To apply, please send your CV, writing sample, and a cover letter describing which track you are applying for and why you want to do an internship at GLD to If you have any questions, please contact us via email. We ask that you submit all documents in English.

International Applicants
While we prioritise applications from University of Gothenburg students, we welcome submissions from around the world. In special circumstances, GLD can pay the cost of transportation to our Swedish offices for international applicants. Unfortunately, we are unable to pay for any living expenses during your internship.

Arabic Speaking Interns to our SIPGI Project
We are also looking for Arabic speaking interns for our SIPGI project. Tasks will vary, and may include: learning about the situation on the ground for migrants in Adana, Turkey, Irbid, Jordan, and Gothenburg, Sweden; creating tables or graphs comparing the political institutions and policies governing migrants; writing background reports and internal memorandums; drafting literature reviews; translating questions and other documents; assisting researchers with the logistics of experimental design and implementation; carrying out some light administrative tasks, etc. Click here to learn more about this position. 

SIPGI Qualifications
  • Great organisational skills 
  • Spoken and written Arabic are requirements  
  • Good command of English (both written and verbal) 
  • Demonstrable interest in migration or governance/development issues more broadly 
  • Ability to multitask

Extended Deadline:

We are Hiring a Data Manager!

The primary job of this position is to implement an organizational system for all of the content (datasets, working papers, maps, code scripts, forms, photos) created and used by GLD. Other assignments will include assisting with formatting and modification of datasets.

You will be working in close collaboration with the GLD team, including the program director, project coordinator, program statistician, post-doctoral research fellows, PhD students, interns, and affiliated faculty around the world.

We are looking for someone with the right skillset to successfully carry out the above described job assignments. The following qualifications are required:
  • Degree in Information Management, Information Technology, Library Science, Computer Science or a related field.
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language, preferably R or Python.
  • Experience working with databases and metadata

The following qualifications, while not necessary, are advantageous:
  • Experience with relational databases
  • Experience with geographic and survey data
  • Experience working with sensitive data
  • Experience working with multiple data types (e.g. csv, xml, kml)
  • Experience in data visualization

Type of employment: Fixed term 6 months
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg
First day of employment:  As soon as possible.

Read more about eligibility, job assignments and how to apply here.

And Finally...

GLD Working Paper eJournal

The GLD working paper series is now available as an eJournal on SSRN. Our first issue is a compilation of GLD working papers focusing on Elections. Find our new eJournal here

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