Research Team

Ghadeer Hussein 

Ghadeer Hussein is an Associate Researcher at GLD. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Cairo University and a master’s degree in Development Studies from Lund University. She wrote her thesis with the Department of Political Science on entrepreneurship and integration of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Tukey.  Ghadeer is interested in governance, migration, refugees’ integration, and post-conflict development in the MENA region. She has previously worked for international NGOs supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt. Prior to joining GLD, Ghadeer was a research intern at the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. She was supporting the Social Institutions, Political Governance, and Integration (SIPGI) project that focuses on local migration governance in Jordan, Turkey, and Sweden.


Jeffrey Paller 

Jeffrey Paller is a researcher at GLD and associate professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. His research examines civic engagement, democratic accountability, and sustainable development in African cities. He is the author of Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa and curates the newsletter This Week in Africa.


Thabit Jacob

Thabit Jacob is a Postdoctoral Researcher. His research interest is broadly on the political economy of development with a close focus on the politics of the extractive industries and energy. His most recent research has examined the politics of resource nationalism, and in particular, the role state-owned enterprises play in shaping nationalist interventions in the extractive sectors in Tanzania. While at GLD, Thabit will be part of the intellectual community, helping to extend GLD’s understanding of local engagement with sustainable energy practices. His primary research will focus on a Danish-funded project on the political economy of renewable energy transition in Africa. This project, which begins in late 2021 will be analyzing the extent to which renewable energy is prioritized in Ghana (Thabit’s focus) and Tanzania, examining state capacity, policy coalitions between different actors and technological adoption.

Thabit’s academic writing has been published in journals such as African Affairs, The Extractive Industries and Society, Oxford Energy Forum, Energy Research and Social Sciences, Resources Policy, Land Use Policy and African Review. His analyses and commentaries have also appeared in media outlets, including the BBC, Aljazeera, CGTN, NPR, The Economist, The Guardian, Bloomberg, World Politics Review, Deutsche Welle, Le Monde, AFP, and The Africa Report, among others. He has also offered advice to various International Organizations, Multilateral Agencies, Think Tanks, and civil society organizations on various aspects of Tanzania’s political economy.

Prior to joining the University of Gothenburg, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies. He received his PhD from the Department of Social Sciences and Business at Roskilde University where he was supervised by Lars Buur.