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GLD Newsletter
November 2019

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  • Call for Proposals
  • Research Seminars
  • New Podcast
  • GLD around the World
  • Call for Country Experts
  • Other Opportunities!

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Call for Proposals: Research Using Original Survey Data from Malawi, Kenya, and Zambia

We are offering emerging scholars (PhD students and scholars who completed their PhD within the last five years) in Kenya, Malawi, and Zambia the opportunity to collaborate with senior scholars from around the world utilising a brand new dataset from GLD. This dataset consists of over 12,000 interviews with respondents from these countries listed above.

In addition to being granted advance access to the survey data, successful applicants will be invited to Gothenburg for a collaborative workshop that will introduce the survey data in more detail, train participants in the basics of survey data analysis, and workshop research designs with their assigned collaborator.

Over the following 12 months, you will be invited back to Gothenburg for learning exchange visits to sharpen their analysis and facilitate the drafting of their results. You will also be invited to present their research projects at GLD’s Annual Conference in May 2021.

Please note all travel and living expenses for research trips to Sweden will be covered by GLD.

To Apply

To find out more about this exciting new opportunity please visit here or email

The application deadline is December 16, 2019.


Congratulations, Short Term Grant Recipients

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

GLD STG Recipients

Sebastian van Baalen
Project Title: Guns and Governance: Local Elites, Civilian Resistance, and Responsive Rebel Governance in Côte d’Ivoire
Research Country: Ivory Coast

Steven Brooke
Project Title: Local Religious Institutions and Protection from Extra-Judicial Killings: Evidence from a survey of Catholic parishes in the Philippines
Research Country: Philippines

Chao-yo Cheng
Project Title: Sociopolitical Factors of Reliable Electricity Supply and the Willingness to Pay: Experimental Evidence from Households and Power Sector
Research Country: India

Matthias Krönke
Project Title: The Effect of Democratic Accountability on Basic Service Delivery
Research Country: Malawi

Deodatus Patrick Shayo
Project Title: Citizen Participation in Local Government Elections in the Age of Crowdsourcing: Explorations and Considerations in Tanzania
Research Country: Tanzania

Guillermo Toral
Project Title: State Prosecutors: How Does their Work Impact Public Service Delivery in the Municipalities that They are in Charge of?
Research Country: Brazil

Over 25 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 March 31st 2020. We look forward to receiving your applications. You can read more about the application process here.

New Podcast: Decentralization and Reforms in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan



Episode 9: In this month's episode, Jennifer Murtazashvili (University of Pittsburgh) and Ellen Lust (GLD Director) discusses national level reforms and decentralization in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.

Jennifer Murtazashvili is the Director of the Center for Governance and Markets and Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research explores questions of governance, political economy, security, and development. Drawing from diverse research methods including field experiments, public opinion surveys, and ethnographic fieldwork, Murtazashvili focuses her work on Central and South Asia, and the former Soviet Union. She also has experience advising for the U.S. Department of Defense, the United Nations Development Program, and UNICEF.

Selected Work:

Jochem, T., Murtazashvili, I., & Murtazashvili, J. (2016). Establishing local government in fragile states: Experimental evidence from Afghanistan. World Development, 77, 293-310. Available at:…05750X15002065


SIPGI in Jordan

GLD Senior Research Fellow Kristen Kao met with professors, international aid agency representatives, and local NGOs in Jordan to lay the groundwork for the project on Social Institutions, Political Governance, and Integration (SIPGI). She visited Irbid, Jordan’s second-largest city situated close to the border of Syria, and specifically Yarmouk University to establish collaborative efforts for the project with researchers there.

PhD Students in the Field

This month PhD Student Prisca Jöst interviewed citizens, civil society activists and local politicians about clean-up (waste collection) initiatives during fieldwork in Tunis. The fieldwork aims to prepare for an upcoming field experiment that will take place next year. The project will examine the effects of socioeconomic background and social neighborhood contexts on community participation, and will involve clean-up events in three different neighborhoods in Tunis.


Tällberg: Global Leadership Prize

(Top: Faustin Linyekula, Anne Goldfeld and Saul Griffith; Bottom: Senator Irungu Kangata, Philip Thigo, Senator Moses Kajwang,  Senator Gabriela Cuevas, and Ellen Lust)

We congratulate Anne Goldfeld, Saul Griffith, and Faustin Linyekula, who were announced as the winners of the 2019 Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize, for work deemed innovative, optimistic, courageous, and rooted in universal values and global in implication.

GLD’s Director, Ellen Lust, was among the several dozen participants from twenty countries who joined a group of Kenyan political, academic, and other thought leaders for a two-day conference which focused on “New Thinking for a New World.”

This event was co-sponsored by the Tällberg Foundation, Kenyan Senate, under the patronage of Senator Kenneth Lusaka (Speaker of the Senate), and Strathmore University’s Business School.

For more information on the event and its winner click here.

GLD at Tuft's Silklab

(Fiorenzo Omenetto, Silklab Director, meets with Ellen Lust)

GLD Director Ellen Lust visited Tuft's interdisciplinary research Silklab to meet with leading researchers in the field of technology and life sciences. The laboratory aims to provide innovative solutions to some of the most pressing developmental challenges faced by communities around the world. Over the past decade the lab "has pioneered biomaterials-based applications in edible and implantable electronics, food preservation, energy harvesting, wearable sensors, compostable technology, distributed environmental sensing, medical devices and therapeutics, biospecimen stabilization, advanced medical diagnostics, and structural components." 

For more information on the work being done at the Silklab check out the TED talk below.
Fiorenzo Omenetto shares 20+ astonishing new uses for silk, one of nature's most elegant materials -- in transmitting light, improving sustainability, adding strength and making medical leaps and bounds. On stage, he shows a few intriguing items made of the versatile stuff.

Kristen Kao's Workshop: “Retribution or Reconciliation? Attitudes toward Rebel Collaborators in Iraq”

This month GLD Senior Researcher Kristen Kao held a seminar at the University of Gothenburg examining how rebel groups require the cooperation of many civilians - commonly perceived as “collaborators” - after conflict ends. The seminar also pointed out the limited empirical work in this area and the need for more nuanced understandings of proportional justice for civilian collaborators. Analysis of a survey experiment in an Iraqi city that experienced governance by the Islamic State finds that social identity - expected to trigger in-group favouritism - is a weak determinant of preferences for punishment and forgiveness compared to the type of collaboration itself.

Conference Presentations

MESA 2019 Annual Meeting New Orleans,14-17 November
  • Ellen Lust. Chair/Discussant. “The Middle East as Featured in Political Science.”

ASA 2019 Annual Meeting Boston,  21-23 November
  • Ruth Carlitz. Presenter. “Investigating the Female Voter-Politician Nexus: Evidence from Malawi and Zambia.” (Co-authored with Valeriya Mechkova)
  • Karen Ferree. Presenter. “Ethnic Politics and Group Size in African Elections.”
  • Lauren Honig. Presenter. “Land Titling as Social Cleavage in Malawi and Zambia.” (Co-authored with Adam Harris)
  • Ellen Lust. Discussant. "Africa's Democratic Trajectories: Understanding Variance across Institutions and Rights"
  • Ellen Lust. Presentert. "Do the Poor Prefer Vote Buying? Evidence from Malawi."
PhD Forum Workshop on International Migration and Human Rights
Uppsala University, 14-15 November
  • Ezgi Irgil. Presenter. "Natives' Use of Urban Public Spaces following the Large Refugee Influx."
Organizing Migration and Integration in Contemporary Societies Conference Centre of Global Migration, University of Gothenburg, 7 November
  • Kristen Kao. Presenter. "From Apathy to Empathy? The Effects of Face-to-Face Dialogue and Virtual Reality Immersion on Attitudes towards Refugees of War in Sweden, Turkey, and Jordan."

V-Dem: Call for Country Experts

The Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem) is looking for Country Experts to assist with the next data update in January 2020 and contribute to making the largest dataset on democracy even better. We are currently looking for Country Experts for these 19 countries:

Ghana, Montenegro, Afghanistan, Belgium, Cambodia, Finland, Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Syria, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkmenistan

You can read more about the opportunity under vacancies in our website. Please submit your application here. If you are already a Country Expert and would like to code for these countries or suggest Experts, please email or  

About V-Dem
Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) is a new approach to conceptualizing and measuring democracy. They provide a multidimensional and disaggregated dataset that reflects the complexity of the concept of democracy as a system of rule that goes beyond the simple presence of elections. The V-Dem project distinguishes between five high-level principles of democracy: electoral, liberal, participatory, deliberative, and egalitarian, and collects data to measure these principles.

Doctoral Studentship Positions @ GU
The Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg is currently looking for qualified and motivated individuals for up to four doctoral studentship positions (PhD students) in Political Science.

To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements.

An applicant meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle (PhD) studies if he/she has obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.39):
  1. a degree at the second-cycle level (MA level, or equivalent),
  2. at least 240 higher education (university) credits, of which at least 60 must be at the second-cycle level, or
  3. largely equivalent knowledge acquired in other ways in Sweden or abroad.
In Sweden, 240 university credits equal four years of successfully completed full-time studies.

Applicants who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad will also be considered to meet the specific entry requirements.

Finally, although not a formal requirement, we encourage successful applicants to acquire sufficient competency in the Swedish language to be able to actively participate in seminars and other activities at the Department, within a two-year period.

Click here to read more about the application process.

Thank you Anna and Cecilia!

We would like to thank our most recent interns Anna-Magdalena Gross and Cecilia Ahsan for their excellent work at GLD. We hope you keep in touch and look forward to seeing you in the future.

And Finally...

Do You Want to Use Our Network?

GLD has a wide network of researchers and practitioners from around the world. If you would like to utilise this network for your upcoming research projects, we are now accepting external calls that will be featured in upcoming newsletters. If you have any upcoming calls for jobs, working papers, grants, or any other type of research activity that you would like distributed throughout the GLD network, please get in touch by emailing



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