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GLD Newsletter
October 2019

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  • New Project Alert
  • Steering Committee
  • GLD Visits Oman
  • Research Seminars
  • And More!

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New Project:

From Revenge to Forgiveness: Strengthening Durable Peace in Post- Conflict Societies

GLD’s Senior Researcher Kristen Kao will act as the Principal Investigator for a new project, “From Revenge to Forgiveness: Strengthening Durable Peace in Post-Conflict Societies.” The project aims to contribute to our understanding of long-term stability and reconciliation in the aftermath of civil war and other violent conflicts, and will consist of three large-scale surveys, focus groups, and qualitative interviews in Iraq.

We would like to thank Michael Bang Petersen (Aarhus University) and Kristin Fabbe (Harvard University), who are co-applicants, as well as Sveriges Riksbank for providing 3,141,000 SEK ($320,000) in financial support.

GLD Steering Committee

We are pleased to announce the formation of the GLD Steering Committee. The committee consists of nine researchers, spread across four continents, and will assist the program in achieving its long-term objectives and goals.

GLD Steering Committee

Boni Dulani (University of Malawi)
Mine Eder (Bogazici University)
Karen Ferree (University of California, San Diego)
Adam Harris (University College London)
Kristen Kao (Gothenburg University)
Pierre Landry (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Ellen Lust (Gothenburg University)
Jennifer Murtazashvili (University of Pittsburgh)
Marwa Shalaby (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Working Visit to Oman

(Left: Heba Aziz and Marwa Shalaby; Right: Ellen Lust and Marwa Shalaby)

GLD Director Ellen Lust and GLD Steering Committee member Marwa Shalaby, visited Oman this October in preparation for our upcoming project on "Local Governance under Decentralization: Oman in Comparative Perspective." Their Oman trip included an academic meeting with Dr. Heba Aziz, from the German University of Technology, in addition to a visit to The Oman Research Council. The project is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Events: GLD Research Workshops and Seminars

Karen Ferree Workshop: "Group Size and Co-ethnic Voting in Africa."

This month GLD Visiting Scholar Karen Ferree held an open lunch seminar at the University of Gothenburg. The seminar examined how groups coordinate themselves in their search for political power. The discussion centred on one particular manifestation of group coordination: whether the rate of co-ethnic voting is higher for members of larger groups. Using exit poll data from elections in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda, Prof. Ferree points out a large, robust correlation between group size and probability of supporting a co-ethnic legislative candidate and suggests that sorting alone is unlikely to explain this relationship.

Erica Metheney Workshop: "Modifying Non-Graphic Sequences to be Graphic."

GLD Database Manager Erica Metheney held a seminar at the Department of Mathematical Sciences Division of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Chalmers University of Technology. The seminar addressed the expansion of network science in recent years, with applications in fields such as computer science, biology, chemistry, and political science.


New Podcast

Geoffrey Hughes: Tribes without Sheikhs?



Episode 8: In this episode, Geoffrey Hughes (University of Exeter) talks about his research in the recent GLD working paper "Tribes without Sheikhs? Technological Change, Media Liberalization, and Authority in Networked Jordan." The discussion centres on the changing nature of authority in Jordan due to the rapidly evolving media sector.

Geoffrey Hughes is a lecturer in anthropology at the University of Exeter. His research and teaching focus on the politics of everyday life in the contemporary Middle East, with an emphasis on kinship, gender, Islam, and the state. He has spent over four years living and working in the region, including over two years conducting long-term ethnographic research in Jordan. He has published extensively on how people living in the Middle East work to re-imagine a range of globally circulating technologies for large-scale population management, from Facebook-mediated blood feuds to the information infrastructures of government Sharia Courts.

Selected Work:

Hughes, G. (2019). Tribes without Sheikhs? Technological Change, Media Liberalization, and Authority in Networked Jordan. GLD Working Paper Series, 2019(23).


External Vacancies
Research Associate @ UNU-WIDER

UNU-WIDER is looking for an outstanding individual with strong qualifications in applied econometrics (panel data in particular), proficiency in Stata (and/or) R and, and general interest in aid studies, democracy and political economy of aid. This consultancy is to support research activities under a new research project that examines the effects of democracy aid on democracy outcomes.

This is a part-time (50%) consultancy for 9 months (December 2019 – August 2020), ideally to be filled by a candidate located in Helsinki, Finland. A remote arrangement could be considered under certain conditions but would require travels to Helsinki by the consultant. Travel costs will be borne by UNU-WIDER in accordance with United Nations University’s travel policy.

Required qualifications and experience
PhD degree or equivalent in Economics, Development Economics, or quantitative Political Science or a related discipline. PhD candidates could be considered under specific circumstances.

Starting date
As soon as possible but not later than 1 December 2019.

Application procedure
Interested applicants should submit their applications to by no later than 3 November 2019, 23:59 UTC+3. The following documentation is required when applying:
• A cover letter setting out how the qualifications and experience match the requirements of the consultancy.
• A sample of relevant publications.
• An up-to-date CV, including a list of 2-3 references whom we could contact for further information on the applicant’s qualifications and fit for the position

Application for Master's Program @ GU Now Open

The Department of Political Science at Gothenburg University is now accepting applicants for its Master's programs. If you would like to join one of Europe's premier departments for political science, check out the link.
GLD in Istanbul 
Earlier this month, GLD held its annual planing workshop for researchers, affilieted scholars, and management. This year, the two-day event was held in Instanbul, Turkey, and provided the opportunity for strategic planning and coordination for our upcoming projects in 2020.

We would also like to say an extra special thanks to GLD Steering Committee member Mine Eder for her wonderful hospitality!



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