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GLD Newsletter
March 2020

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  • GLD Annual Conference
  • Podcast: Identity Issues in European Diverse and Disadvantaged Neighborhoods  
  • New Working Paper by Peter Esaiasson and Jacob Sohlberg
  • Hiring and Other Opportunities
  • And Much More! 

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GLD 4th Annual Conference Postponed to 2021

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone this year's annual conference until 2021. Next year's conference will keep the same theme and will feature many of the same participants and topics. We will provide further information about the conference, including the new date and venue, later on in the year.

We look forward to seeing you next year. Until then stay safe and #washyourhands.


Team GLD


Working Paper: Caulking the Social Fabric:  How National and Local Identities Promotes Pro-Social Attitudes in European Diverse and Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

This paper focuses on controversial but uncharted neighborhoods in European welfare states that feature in the general debate over alleged ‘no-go’ zones. The paper seeks to identify factors promoting pro-social attitudes among residents in these diverse and disadvantaged neighborhoods. We explore the extent to which identification with the neighborhood (local identity) and the nation-state (national identity) generates pro-social attitudes among residents. That is, to what extent is identification with the local or national communities related to social and institutional trust, as well as positive affects towards ethnic out-groups. This paper utilizes findings from an original panel survey of residents in two Swedish neighborhoods with high concentrations of immigrants. The findings suggest that identities are related to pro-social attitudes, but that local and national identities are distinct and have different consequences.

Read the full working paper.

New GLD Working Paper e-Journal

The GLD working paper series will soon be available as an e-journal on SSRN. Click the button below if you are interested in subscribing to our new quarterly journal.

Podcast: Identity Issues in European Diverse and Disadvantaged Neighborhoods 


Episode 13: This month we talk to Professor Peter Esaiasson (University of Gothenburg) about his latest research that looks at social identity in diverse and disadvantaged neighborhoods in Sweden. His research tries to understand whether identification with the neighborhood (local identity) and the nation state (national identity) generates pro-social attitudes among residents. The study by Esaiasson and Sohlberg has been recently published as a GLD working paper called “Caulking the Social Fabric:  How National and Local Identities Promotes Pro-Social Attitudes in European Diverse and Disadvantaged Neighborhoods” and can be found via the link below. This month's podcast is part of a special series on migration. 

Selected Work:

Esaiasson, Peter and Jacob Sohlberg. Caulking the Social Fabric:  How National and Local Identities Promotes Pro-Social Attitudes in European Diverse and Disadvantaged Neighborhoods. GLD Working Paper Series, 2020 (29). Available at:


Workshop on the Dynamics of Decentralization in the MENA: Comparative Lessons for Oman 

(Top Picture: Workshop participants; Left Picture: Kristen Kao outlines the main goals of the project; Right Picture: Maryam Al-Kharusi and Ahmed Al-Mukhaini presenting Oman's history and institutional context)
During the first week of March, GLD held a workshop "The Dynamics of Decentralization in the MENA: Comparative Lessons for Oman" that brought together scholars working on decentralization, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, to discuss the nature of decentralization experiences across the region. The discussion focused around the design of decentralization reforms, obstacles faced, progress made and outcomes of reforms, and generated new ideas regarding decentralization.

The workshop is part of a 2-year project (funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York) on decentralization in the MENA, with a focus on Oman. Look for our upcoming GLD publication and blog posts with the main insights from the workshop over the next few months on the GLD website.  

Thank you to all participants for sharing your expertise with us! 

Workshop participants: Sami Atallah (Director at Lebanese Center for policy Studies, LCPS), Intissar Kherigi (Jasmine Foundation), Ahmed al-Mukhaini (Independent Scholar), Ezra Karmel (University of Guelph), Miriam Bohn (Friedrich-Alexander University), Erik Vollmann (Friedrich-Alexander University), Sylvia Bergh (Institute of Social Studies, The Hauge), Somayeh Shafiei (GLD, the Institute of Humanities and Cultural studies Iran), Zeynep Kadirbeyoglu (Bogazici University), Maryam Al Kharusi (GLD, Oman), Chagai Weiss (University of Wisconsin-Madison), James Worrall (University of Leeds), Marwa M. Shalaby (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Kristen Kao (GLD), Ellen Lust (GLD)
New Publication

Ellen Lust & David Waldner. "Democracy Promotion in an Age of Democratic Backsliding." 2020, Democracy and Autocracy, Vol. 18(1): 16-22. Available here.



Staff Announcements

Welcoming Our New Data Analyst

Cecilia is currently finishing her MSc in Economics with a major in Development Economics. Her main interests within development are broad but she is currently conducting her thesis on the psychological determinants of persistent poverty among farmers in India. This study is a part of a cooperation between researchers in Sweden, India, and Melbourne, and will be based on a field experiment aiming to improve the living conditions of Indian farmers. She is also interested in the role of social and formal institutions, the interplay between these, and how this may impact development. She has experience in experimental methods - in particular randomized controlled trials. Prior to starting her position as a Data Analyst, Cecilia was a GLD intern during autumn 2019.

We are Hiring a Data Manager!

The main assignment is to implement an organizational system for the content (datasets, working papers, maps, code scripts, forms, photos) created and used by GLD. Other assignments include assisting with formatting and modification of datasets.

The job is performed in close collaboration with the GLD team including the program director, project coordinator, program statistician, post-doctoral research fellows, PhD students, interns, and affiliated faculty around the world.

We are looking for one with the right skillset to successfully carry out the above described job assignments. The following qualifications are required:
  • Degree in Library Science, Information Management, Information Technology, Computer Science or related field.
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language, preferably R or Python.
  • Experience working with databases and meta data

The following qualifications, while not necessary, are advantageous:
  • Experience with relational databases
  • Experience with geographic and survey data
  • Experience working with sensitive data
  • Experience working with multiple data types (e.g. csv, xml, kml)
  • Experience in data visualization

Type of employment: Fixed term 6 months
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg
First day of employment:  As soon as possible.

Read more about eligibility, job assignments and how to apply here.

GLD Fall Internships

Here at GLD we are already preparing for an exciting fall semester at the University of Gothenburg. If you are thinking about pursuing an internship as part of your studies, or want to gain work experience with a research program, we are currently accepting applications for three different internships: Research, Data Science and Project Management/Communications. Click here to learn more about these positions.

Benefits of a GLD Internship
  • Gain valuable work experience in a research environment
  • Learn new skills
  • Apply knowledge from academic studies to real-world situations
  • Enhance your employability

Application Deadline: May 31st 2020
Start Date: August 2020
Length of Internship: 10 or 20 weeks
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Working Language: English

To apply, please send your CV, writing sample, and a cover letter describing which track you are applying for and why you want to do an internship at GLD to If you have any questions, please contact us via email. We ask that you submit all documents in English.

International Applicants
While we prioritise applications from Gothenburg University students, we welcome submissions from around the world. In special circumstances, GLD can pay the cost of transportation to our Swedish offices for international applicants. Unfortunately, we are unable to pay for any living expenses during your internship.

Thank you, Axel! 

Axel Tengwall has been a research intern at GLD since January and is now leaving us for new adventures. We would like to thank you, Axel, for your excellent work at GLD. We hope you keep in touch and look forward to seeing you in the future. 

And Finally...

Internships at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

The Utrikespolitiska institutet (UI) in Stockholm is currently looking for interns to join their MENA Unit in the fall. For more information on applying for these exciting internships click here (Swedish language only).



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