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GLD Newsletter
September 2019

In This Newsletter

  • GLD MENA Book: Call for Chapter Proposals
  • Podcast from the Field
  • 2020 Annual Conference
  • SSA Project Update
  • And More!

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Call for Chapter Proposals/Small Grants


GLD will publish an edited volume featuring rigorous research on the most important questions concerning governance and local development in the MENA region today. We would like to include your work if you are currently interested in topics that will fit within the themes outlined below and to offer you the opportunity to apply for the small fieldwork grants we can provide.

GLD can potentially fund project budgets of up to $10,000, but we will give preference to project proposals that make more efficient use of funds, which allow for more projects to be carried out.
Book Overview

The Governance and Local Development in the Middle East and North Africa volume aims to create a better understanding of local governance in the region. It explores a diverse set of issues including why some communities do better at providing services, resolving conflict, or engaging in environmental issues than others, as well as how authority and governance procedures vary across space and time. At a time when the discourse on the region focuses on national and international forces affecting refugee crises and terrorism, it reminds us that individuals ‘live locally’ and that governance varies greatly at the subnational level. By using a wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches to examine a diverse set of cases, the volume aims not only to lend insights into local governance but also to foster further research.

Submitting Your Proposal

Proposals should be 10 pages or less and include: 
  1. A clearly defined problem/question that is ‘article/chapter’ in scope (even if it contributes to a broader project, we want to know what the chapter would look at and like)
  2.  A brief literature overview, looking at what is known in the region and more broadly
  3. Expectations – hypotheses (including competing hypotheses) or puzzles to be explored 
  4. Data to be used – already existing data and data to be gathered
  5. A note on how the contribution will promote understanding local governance and taking it seriously, on its own terms
  6. A budget
Your proposals should be emailed to

Chapter Proposals Due October 15, 2019

Podcast from the Field: Boniface Dulani on Traditional Authorities in Malawi

Episode 6: In this special edition of the GLD podcast Boniface Dulani (Chancellor College, University of Malawi) discusses traditional leadership and authority in Malawi and the impact these structures have on the country's political system at both the local and national level. The podcast was recorded live in Malawi during a field visit as part of our ongoing SSA project. 

Boniface holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Political Science from Michigan State University in the United States (2011). Dr. Dulani brings to IPOR a rich experience in conducting survey research in Africa through his involvement as a senior member of the Afrobarometer-  a pan- Africanist research network that undertakes a series of public opinion surveys on governance, democracy, markets, livelihoods and other related topics in over 35 African countries. His areas of research interest include governance and democracy, presidential politics, politics of development, rural development, civil society and other related topics. Dr. Dulani is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science of at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi and also serves as the Fieldwork Operations Manager for Southern and Francophone Africa in the Afrobarometer.


Last Call for Proposals

Last Call for GLD Fourth Annual Conference
GPS: Governance, People and Space

The Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg will hold its fourth annual conference on May 18 - 19, 2020.
Entitled "GPS: Governance, People and Space,” the conference aims to examine how governance mechanisms and outcomes vary across differences in people (e.g., gender, ethnicity) and space (e.g., neighborhoods, villages/cities, and other spatial contexts).
We consider governance by both state and non-state actors and institutions, and welcome proposals from both scholars and practitioners seeking to understand how processes and practices of governance differ across these spatial and demographic arenas and the extent to which these arenas intersect.
GLD will cover presenting participants’ conference and travel expenses (with the exception of ground transportation outside of Sweden).
Submission deadline: Expressions of interest should be submitted via the Google Form found HERE by October 5, 2019.
Contact: If you have any questions or desire further information, feel free to email us at

GLD Fieldwork in Malawi

Enumerator training in Malawi began earlier this month. We would like to say a special thanks to our research partners at the Institute of Public Opinion and Research for their wonderful work during this project. 

Welcoming New Interns

Clockwise Top Left-Bottom Left: Purushottam Adhikari, Cecilia Ahsan, and Anna-Magdalena Gross

Purushottam Adhikari
I am studying International Program for Politics and Economics (IPPE) at Högskolan Vast (University West), Trollhättan Sweden. I am originally from Kathmandu, Nepal and I speak 5 languages Nepali, English, Hindi, Urdu and Swedish. Before moving to Sweden in 2015 I lived in the UK for 6 years. Academically I am interested in topics such as sustainable development (and various projects running under the SDGs 2030 agenda), human rights and migration, transgender studies, political economy, and environmental governance. Besides my regular university studies, I have worked as a  volunteer at the Swedish migration agency’s deportation center located at Gothenburg with the  Swedish Red Cross for 9 months, where I was mostly involved with assisting the asylum seekers with their human rights issues.


Cecilia Ahsan
I am a second-year masters student in economics at the University of Gothenburg.  My interests within development are broad but I am eager to learn more about the role of both formal and informal institutions during my time here at GLD. Areas such as governance and public goods provision and its role for development, social institutions and behavioral related research such as the psychology of poverty are of great interest to me. I was recently in India for a field experiment related to a research project at the department of economics focusing on the climate-related risk faced by farmers in the state of Orissa and the factors affecting their decision making. Before my masters, I was working as a management consultant, supporting companies funded by the EU or other public organizations. As an Intern at GLD, I look forward to learning more about institutional research, about your methods for data collection in the field and to get a deeper understanding of the links between governance and development.


Anna-Magdalena Gross
I am currently finishing my Bachelor studies in International Business Administration at the Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany.



Would You Like to be a GLD Intern?

Do you want to experience being part of a research team and work with questions that promote human welfare globally? We are looking for highly motivated, self-driven interns who are interested in governance and development. Knowledge of statistical programs, Arabic, French, or Swedish is an asset. As an intern you will be an important part of our team and will be given the opportunity to obtain practical experience in working with a research project within academia.

We are currently accepting applications for three different internship positions: Research, Data Science and Project Management. While we prioritise applications from Gothenburg University students, we welcome submissions from around the world.

To apply, please send your CV, a cover letter describing why you want to participate in our internship program, and a writing sample to We ask that you submit all documents in English.



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