January 2018 Newsletter 

In this month's newsletter:
  • SAFEResearch Project: Funding and Events
  • Open PhD Position
  • GLD's Second Annual Conference
  • Staff Announcements
  • Publications and Presentations
New Funding: SAFEResearch Project

We are pleased to announce that the SAFEResearch Handbook Project has received funding from the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and Vetenskåpsrådet. This project includes an Authors' Workshop, several dissemination conferences (see below for details), and the final product of a Handbook on how to conduct safe and ethical field research. The project is organized by Jannis Grimm (Freie Universität Berlin), Ilyas Saliba (Amnesty International), Ellen Lust (GLD), Isabell Schierenbeck (SGS), and Kevin Koehler (American University of Cairo).

Following the Authors' Workshop in Athens, Greece (see below for details), we will hold several dissemination events to discuss the draft Handbook and promote awareness of safe research practices, as well as presentations. These include a workshop at the University of Gothenburg (see below), presentations at the Scholars at Risk conference, the Development Research Conference, and other venues.

We would like to thank Riksbankens Jubileumsfond & Vetenskapsrådet for their support.
SAFEResearch Handbook
Authors' Workshop 

Swedish Institute at Athens, January 24-28

The SAFEResearch Authors' Workshop, held at the Swedish Institute at Athens, proved to be intensive and successful. It brought together participants from academia, human rights, journalism and other fields, who work in various regions. The workshop included a day of hostile environment training and a day of digital security training, both provided by external experts. The participants then engaged in writing a rough-draft of the SAFEResearch Handbook. 

Breakout groups at the SAFEResearch Authors' Workshop in Athens

Ellen Lust and the GLD team would like to thank our co-organisers: Jannis Grimm, Kevin Koehler, Ilyas Saliba, Isabell Schierenbeck, and the wonderful team at the Swedish Institute at Athens, especially Eleni Androvic and Jenny Wallensten. Additionally, we would like to thank our trainers: Morana Miljanovic and Sylvain Lefebvre, and the rest of the participants: Emma Beals, Osama Diab, Florian Kohstall, Daniel Masteron, Sara Parkinson, Mara Revkin, Alessandra Russo, Fransesco Strazzari, Vasilis Ververis, and Kersti Wissenbach. 

Lastly, a thank you to the part of the GLD team that did not attend the workshop: our Program Manager, Sara Kenney, for handling logistics and preparations, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ruth Carlitz, for assisting and supervising the creation of the background reports, and a special thank you to our interns Selma Aalachi, Ben Craddock, Lyudmyla Khrenova, Robert Kristiansen, Alexander Lilla, and Anita Rind, for their vital work on the background reports.

SAFEResearch Workshop
The University of Gothenburg, April 26th, 2018

Following the Authors' Workshop, the SAFEResearch group plans to continually develop and refine the Handbook. To encourage and support further development and awareness of the Handbook, GLD will host a workshop on April 26th, 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden. For more information, please contact us.

Please save the date and stay tuned for future announcements on this event!


Open PhD Position

As a reminder, the application period for the GLD PhD position is still open!

The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) is currently looking for qualified and motivated individuals for a doctoral studentship position (PhD student). We are particularly interested in candidates who have a record of accomplishments in governance and development (e.g., service provision, non-state governance, local-national relations, etc.). We are also particularly interested in candidates who have (1) regional expertise, most importantly from the MENA and Sub Saharan Africa and/or other regions and/or (2) expertise in research methods (e.g., experiments, survey methodology,  network analysis, or related methods).

Please apply here before February 6th.

Save the Date!

GLD's Second Annual Conference 
The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg will hold its Second Annual Conference on May 31 - June 1, 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden, with the theme:
"Layered Authority"

We seek to showcase research that examines the ways in which different authorities interact, and the extent to which they complement or clash with each other. We also wish to understand how such interactions affect governance more broadly -- at the community as well as the state level. At this conference, we aim to stimulate dialogue on such questions among scholars, policymakers, and other members of the development community.

Please visit our conference website for more details, and we hope to see you there!
GU's Annual Policy Dialogue Day
GLD's Second Annual Conference will be preceded by Gothenburg University's Annual Policy Dialogue Day on May 30th, 2018 at the Wallenberg Conference Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. This year's theme is:

"New Research = Better Policies. Insights on Democracy, Governance, and Armed Conflict."

This event is jointly organised by the V-Dem InstituteQoG - Quality of Government InstituteGovernance and Local Development - GLD and UCDP (Uppsala Conflict Data Program). This event bridges the gap between analysis and practice and aims to shed light on questions relating to democracy support and governance, while also serving as a meeting platform for practitioners, policy makers, and academics. We would be delighted if you are able to join us for this important event. To sign-up, please contact Natalia Stepanova.

Staff Announcements


Researcher: Nesrine Ben Brahim

Background: Nesrine holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Oxford. Before joining GLD, Nesrine was working for the Danish Refugee Council in Greece. She has worked on several research projects with Princeton University, PRIO, LSE and Oxford as well as NGOs in Tunisia and the UK.

Research Interests: State fragility, governance, and development with a focus on the MENA region. She is fluent in Arabic and French

Contact: nesrine.ben.brahim@gu.se

Guest Researcher: Nora Stel

Assistant Professor: Governance and Human Rights
Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands
Visiting: November 2017-September 2018

Research Interests: political anthropology of governance; authority and legitimacy in conflict-affected contexts, with a particular focus on non-state actors; and informal institutions and refugee communities in the Levant.

Currently Working on: Postdoctoral research project: "Hybrid Political Order and the Politics of Uncertainty: The Governance of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon" (funded under a Niels Stensen Fellowship).

Website: https://uu.academia.edu/NStel / Contact: stel@msm.nl


This month, GLD said farewell to our Fall Term Interns:
 Felipe Bauer, Anita Rind, Ben Craddock, and Lyudmyla Khrenova.
Thank you all, and we hope to see you in the future.

We would also like to welcome our new interns:

Selma Aalachi, Robert Kristiansen, and Alexander Lilla. 

Our interns enrich our office and make our work possible!
To apply, please see our website.


At the Winter Experimental Social Science Institute, at NYU Abu Dhabi, on January 17-19, Kristen Kao gave a presentation called
Ethnicity and Elections: A Laboratory Experiment in Jordan"
At the Swedish Futures Institute in Stockholm, on January 31, Ellen Lust presented her paper (co-authored with Hans Lueders & Jumana Alaref):

"We Don’t Need No Education: Citizens, States and Development
Some of the GU Political Science Department members at the Annual Internal QoG Conference

At the QoG Annual Internal Conference in Barcelona, on January 29-31, Ellen Lust and Kristen Kao presented their paper, "Who Gets the Vote Out: Authority and Elections in Developing Democracies". While Ruth Carlitz presented (with co-author, Valeriya Mechkova): “Gendered Accountability: When and Why Do Governments Respond to Women’s Policy Priorities?


Previews of two new publications by GLD scholars are now available!

Ellen Lust and Lise Rakner, “
The Other Side of Taxation: Extraction and Social Institutions in the Developing World,” Annual Review of Political Science 2018 21:1 

Additionally, David Waldner and Ellen Lust were recently published for their paper, "
Unwelcome Change: Coming to Terms with Democratic Backsliding," Annual Review of Political Science 2018 21:1


GLD Post-Doc, Ruth Carlitz, will be collaborating with the Varieties of Democracy research group at Gothenburg University on a project with USAID and NORC (the non-partisan and objective research organization) at the University of Chicago. The project will be run by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with many collaborators at the University of Gothenburg's Political Science Department.
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