June 2018 Newsletter
  • Annual Conference
  • Save the Date
  • New GLD Blog
  • Did you know...?
  • Presentations
    • GLD Annual Conference
    • EPSA Conference
  • Publications
  • Staff Announcements & Visiting Scholars
  • SAFEResearch Project
  • Other Activities
    • Book Workshop
    • Methods Overview Seminar
    • Chatham House London Conference

GLD's Second Annual Conference

May 31 - June 1, 2018 - Gothenburg, Sweden

The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) held its Second Annual Conference on the theme "Layered Authority" supported by the Swedish Research Council.

The conference explored the ways in which different authorities interact, and the extent to which they complement or clash with each other, in an attempted to understand how such interactions affect governance at the community and state level. Pictures from the event can be viewed here.

We would like to thank all participants for their contributions and look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Save the Date!

GLD's Third Annual Conference will take place May 23-25, 2019. The conference will explore "Routes to Accountability." More details on the conference theme and location will follow. If you have any questions, please email contact@gld.gu.se.

New GLD Blog

This month GLD launches a new online blog. Providing insights from researchers and policymakers, the blog features short, easy-to-digest posts dealing with a wide range of development and governance issues.

Our first entry provides analysis into water access in Malawi and is available here.

We welcome outside contributions. If you are interested in submitting a post, please email benjamin.akinyemi@gu.se.

Did you know...?

The GLD "Did you know...?" series presents findings of interest to scholars, policymakers and the general public. This month we published an important finding on donor endorsements from our collaborators' work on Malawi. To read the full working paper click here.

You can find the complete list of DYKs here.


Annual Conference Presentations

Post-doctoral Research Fellow Kristen Kao and Mara Revkin (PhD Candidate, Yale University) presented their paper, Reintegrating Rebel Collaborators: Experimental Evidence from Mosul, Iraq.

GLD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Ruth Carlitz presented her paper, The Legacy of Development Planning: Evidence from Tanzania's Social Experiment, co-authored with Ameet Morjaria (Northwestern University) and Philip Osafo-Kwaako (McKinsey & Company).

GLD Associate Adam Harris (University College London) presented the paper, The Determinants of Local and National Vote Choice: Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment, co-authored with Kristen Kao and Ellen Lust.

Kate Baldwin (Yale University) presented the paper, The Reformation of Authority: Evidence on the Effects of Protestant Missionaries from Malawi, co-authored with Ellen Lust.

Kristen Kao presented Measuring the Salience of Ethnic Institutions (SEI): When Social Institutions are Ethnically Based, co-authored with Adam Harris and Ellen Lust.

GLD PhD candidates presented their research during the poster session: Prisca Jöst presented Grievances in Context The Political Participation of the Poor; Ezgi Irgil presented Governance Networks and Service Provision to Urban Refugees; and Felix Hartmann presented Public Transfers, Credit Claiming, and Incumbent Voting in the Philippines.

EPSA Presentations

GLD team members made the following presentations at the European Political Science Association's (EPSA) 8th Annual Conference, June 21-23, Vienna, Austria.

GLD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Kristen Kao chaired the panel 'Public Good Provision by Public and Private Agencies,' where GLD director Ellen Lust presented Determinants of Local Service Provision in Africa: Reconceptualizing Ethnic Favoritism, co-authored by Adam Harris and Kristen Kao, and Post-doctoral Research Fellow Ruth Carlitz presented Transparency for whom? Transparency and Local Public Goods Provision in Non-Democratic Settings, co-authored with Monika Bauhr (Quality of Government, University of Gothenburg).

Ellen Lust presented her paper, We Don't Need No Education: Resource Endowments and the Demand for Service Provision, co-authored with Hans Lueders.

Kristen Kao presented Clientelism and Local Ties, co-authored by Ellen Lust.

Ruth D. Carlitz presented Gendered Accountability: When and Why Do Governments Respond to Women's Policy Priorities?, co-authored Valeriya Mechkova (PhD student, University of Gothenburg).

GLD data scientist Sebastian Nickel presented his paper, Lost in Aggregation--Recasting Neighborhood Effects on Political Participation, co-authored with GLD Associate Pierre Landry (CUHK).

GLD PhD Candidate Felix Hartmann presented Public Transfers and Incumbent Voting: Experimental Evidence from the Philippines.

Publications in April

2017 GLD Annual Report

Featuring GLD highlights from 2017:
  • Year in review
  • Events
  • Data
  • Reports and working papers
Available here.

Benstead, Lindsay, Ragnhild Muriaas, and Vibeke Wang. "Do Donor Endorsements Help or Hurt." USC Center on Public Diplomacy Blog. Available here.

GLD Staff Announcements

GLD welcomes our newest interns, Bruna de Castro e Silva and Michaeal Stam, to the team. Their internship lasts for 12 weeks and we are greatful to have them onboard.

If you would like to take part in our internship programme, please see our website.
Visiting Scholars

Marwa Shalaby
Marwa Shalaby was formerly a Fellow for the Middle East and Director of Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program, Rice University, Texas. She has taught classes on research methodology, gender and politics, and the politics of the Middle East. Shalaby’s research areas are comparative politics, democratization and research methodology. Her work focuses primarily on the intersection of the politics of authoritarianism, and women in politics. Her research also aims to explicate the micro-dynamics and outcomes of electoral institutions under competitive authoritarianism, mainly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Religion and Politics and Review of Economics and Political Science. Shalaby will be spending her time at the University of Gothenburg working on her book manuscript on women and politics in MENA’s legislatures and a research project exploring the determinants of women’s membership in legislative committees in Arab parliaments.
Contact Marwa

Lynn A. Warner

Lynn A. Warner is a professor at the University at Albany (State University of New York) School of Social Welfare. Her research aims to build capacity for psychiatric and behavioral health service provision in order to reduce sociodemographic disparities in access to and quality of care. Her work is interdisciplinary and has been published in leading journals in social work (Social Services Review; Child Maltreatment; Journal of Child and Family Studies), psychiatry (Psychiatric Services; Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology), mental health and addiction services (Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research), and the addictions (Drug and Alcohol Dependence; Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs). Currently, with funding from NIMH and the American Society for Suicide Prevention, Dr. Warner and collaborators at Ohio State University are creating suicide risk algorithms and identifying intervention targets based on data from an integrated database of linked Medicaid claims and death certificate data. She is also undertaking a new line of research to understand the implications of different integrated health care models for the availability and quality of social services.
Contact Lynn


SAFEResearch Project

Participants celebrate completion of hostile environment and first aid training, UK.
Academic Research on Conflict and Contention Workshop, June 3-8
GLD Director Ellen Lust participated in a pilot program on Academic Research on Conflict and Contention on June 4-9, 2018. The program was conceived and led by Milli Lake (LSE) and Sarah Parkinson (Johns Hopkins/SAIS). The four-day training included field methods and ethics training in addition to instruction in personal security, first aid, and data protection (conducted in partnership with International Location Safety (ILS)). The week concluded with a two-day conference at the London School of Economics that focused on issues of methodology, research team management, positionality, and ethics. Insights gained from this training will be reflected in the SAFEResearch handbook. Congratulations to Milli and Sarah on an excellent and important initiative!

Other Activities

Book Workshop, June 11

GLD Visiting Scholar Nora Stel held a workshop for her upcoming book: "Refugees, States, and the Politics of Uncertainty. Refugee Governance in Lebanon." The book will be published by Routledge in the special series ‘Research in Ignorance Studies.’
Contact Nora

Methods Overview Seminar, June 12
GLD Researcher Nesrine Ben Brahim and Data Scientist Sebastian Nickel attended a course entitled 'Advanced Applied Econometrics: Causal Inference with Observational Data' at the University of Copenhagen in May. They presented a summary of the course in a GLD seminar on Methods. At the same seminar GLD Post-Doctoral Research Fellow Kristen Kao presented and led a discussion on survey experiments.

Chatham House London Conference, June 21-22
GLD Researcher Nesrine Ben Brahim attended the 2018 Chatham House London Conference on June 21-22. The theme of the conference was: 'Risks and Opportunities in the Era of Global Competition'. More information about the conference can be found here.
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