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GLD Newsletter
September 2020

In This Newsletter

  • Webinar: From Research to Action in Zambia 
  • New Podcast on Bahrain
  • New Working Paper on Côte d’Ivoire
  • Internships and GLD Grants
  • Publications & Presentations
  • and much more! 

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Webinar Invitation

From Research to Action in Zambia: Insights on Vulnerabilities and Economic Impact from the GLD-SAIPAR Covid-19 Survey

Register for the webinar here

New Governance Uncovered Podcasts

Simon Mabon on Identity, Sectarianism, and Mobilization in Bahrain and the Middle East


Episode 20: This month, we talk to Simon Mabon – Professor of Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University – about his latest research, which addresses identity, (de)sectarianism, and mobilization in Bahrain and the Middle East.

Simon’s work falls at the intersection of Middle East Studies, International Relations, and International Political Theory. Simon is also the Director of the Sectarianism, Proxies, and De-Sectarianization Project (SEPAD), which looks at the way in which the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is shaping Sectarianism and Politics across the Middle East.


New Working Paper

Reconceptualising Rebel Rule: The Responsiveness of Rebel Governance in Man, Côte d’Ivoire

This study considers the concept of rebel governance responsiveness by the Forces Nouvelles (FN) in Côte d’Ivoire. Responsiveness refers to the degree to which a government’s political decisions correspond to its citizens’ desires. The concept of responsiveness is vital for assessing regime types and constitutes an essential metric of democracy. However, the idea is rarely invoked in analyses of how rebel groups relate to civilian preferences in how they govern citizens in rebel areas. The study makes three contributions. First, it develops a conceptualisation of rebel responsiveness across four domains: representation, security, taxation, and welfare. Second, it demonstrates the concept’s usefulness through a case study of two ethnic communities in Man, Côte d’Ivoire, using unique interview and archival data. The study shows that while the FN governed both ethnic communities, rebel responsiveness differed in significant ways. This finding highlights that focusing on the mere existence, rather than the responsiveness, of rebel governance is insufficient for capturing the nature of civilian life under rebel rule. Third, the study shows how focusing on rebel governance’s responsiveness can uncover new insights about civil war.

Read the full working paper. 



Project Updates 

Locally Rooted Approach to Covid-19 Response


  • Congratulations to Kristen, Ellen, Boni, Karen, Adam, and Erica on the publication of GLD’s first academic piece based on data from the First GLD-IPOR Covid-19 Survey in Malawi. Find it here.


  • The First GLD-SAIPAR Covid-19 Survey results are now available. Find the result summaries here.
  • We will hold two webinars to formally present the results:
    • October 7 - From Research to Action in Zambia: Discussing Insights on the Economics of Covid-19. Register here.
    • October 14 – From Research to Action in Zambia: Discussing Health, Stigma, and Covid-19. Sign up here to receive an invitation.  

Results from the First GLD-SAIPAR Covid-19 Survey in Zambia:

Trust in Authorities 
Covid-19 Fears
Response to Illness 
Precautionary Behaviour 
Vulnerabilities and Aid 
Economic Impact

Opportunities: Grants and Internships

GLD Internships 

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: ResearchData Science, and Project Management/Communications. Click here to learn more about these positions.

We are also looking for research interns who are interested in aspects of migrant integration in Sweden, Jordan, and Turkey. The internship will be carried out in English, but for this particular position, knowledge of Arabic is a requirement. Click here to learn more about this position. 

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

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 University of Gothenburg 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.

PLEASE NOTE – due to Covid-19 restrictions, all work will be done remotely until at least January 2021. However, you will still have the opportunity to work extensively with a wide array of researchers around the globe. Our research is still ongoing, and we look forward to your contributions to the team. 

GLD Short-Term Research Grant

**Applications must be submitted by October 10**

GLD is offering a limited number of research fellowships for scholars for short-term research in the areas of governance and local development. Awards averaging 25,000 SEK will be offered to support projects related to critical governance issues. Themes include, but are not limited to:
  • Local governance challenges
  • Service delivery as it varies across local contexts
  • Relationship between state and non-state actors
  • Level of corruption and citizens’ perceptions of it
  • How citizens solve disputes with officials, families, and friends and how state or non-state actors are involved
  • Participation in local elections and political campaigns
  • How security services are provided in transitional periods and/or under weak central states

Due to the current circumstances, we will only consider Covid-19-friendly projects at the moment. Please keep this in mind when submitting your research proposal.

Please submit your CV, research proposal, and a writing sample to NOTE – all documents must be submitted in English to be considered. Applications close 10 October 2020.

For further information, please click here. if you have any questions, please contact  

Publications & Presentations


Kao, Kristen, Ellen Lust, Boniface Dulani, Karen Ferree, Adam Harris, Erica Metheney (2020). “The ABCs of Covid-19 Prevention in Malawi: Authority, Benefits, and Costs of Compliance,” World Development. Find it here

Shalaby, Marwa (2020).  "Women in Legislative Committees in Arab Parliaments," Journal of Comparative Politics, 53 (1):139-167(29). 

Shalaby, Marwa (2020).  "Women’s Political Participation in Bahrain,” In Women Rising: Resistance, Revolution, and Reform in the Arab Spring and Beyond, edited by Rita Stephan and Mounira Charrad. New York University Press.


Lindsay Benstead, Gendered Pathways of Local Governance Engagement in Algeria, Fall 2020 Weekly Seminar Series for the GLD in the MENA Edited Volume, 22 September.

Boniface Dulani, AD HOC Meeting for the Development of Covid-19 Policy Recommendations.The Research Department at the Ministry of Health, Malawi, 23-24 September.

Kristen Kao, Power and Promotion: Local Governance in the MENA, Governance and Local Governance in MENA (co-edited with Ellen Lust), APSA 2020. 

Kristen Kao and Prisca Jöst, The Translation of Social Norms into Civic Action Among the Poor in Tunisia, Fall 2020 Weekly Seminar Series for the GLD in the MENA Edited Volume, 29 September.

Prisca Jöst, Poverty & Participation, Linking Social Norms and Civic Action in Tunisia, (co-authored with Kristen Kao), APSA 2020.

Prisca Jöst, Workshop on Experimental Studies, Presentation of pre-analysis plan "Poverty & Participation. Linking Social Norms and Civic Action in Tunisia" (co-authored with Kristen Kao), EuroWEPS, 17 September. 


Mwale, Joseph (2020). “Study Assesses Attitudes to Covid-19 Measures.” The Nation Malawi (NPL), Malawi, 18 September. Available here.

GLD Working Paper eJournal

Don’t forget to subscribe to the GLD SSRN eJournal! This month’s edition is focused on Gender and Local Governance. To see GLD’s full SSRN series, please click here

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Staff Announcements 

Expanding our Data Team

Kirk is one of GLD’s Data Analysts, working on data monitoring, database cleaning, statistical analyses, and survey development. He has a Bachelor's degree in Statistics from Texas A&M University, along with minors in both Mathematics and Cyber-Security. His professional interests include predictive sports analysis, survey design/analysis, understanding the Hidden Markov Model process and the role statistics play in criminal justice. 


Marcus Skog is GLD's new Data Manager. He recently graduated from the University of Gothenburg and holds a Bachelor's degree in Informatics. In addition to his degree, Marcus has also studied business administration and programming. He previously worked at Liseberg's HR department.



Welcoming our New Intern

Isabel Wilson is a research intern at GLD for the Fall Semester. Isabel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from Jönköping University with the thesis “Arctic self-determination or Arctic self-interest? Limited liberation for the Arctic indigenous peoples within the nation state.” She is currently finishing the last year of her Master’s degree in International Administration and Global Governance at the University of Gothenburg. Her academic interests include politics of development, women in governance, indigenous rights, conflict transformation, democratization, and the African and Asia-Pacific regions.



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