Adilhan Adil

Adilhan Adil was a Communications and Management Intern during spring 2021. He was studying in the IAGG program at the University of Gothenburg and received his bachelors in International Relations from Bilkent University in Turkey. Before GLD, Adilhan has interned in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and several research institutes. He is interested in political communication, foreign policy analysis and likes to sail to remote areas of the Swedish archipelago in his free time.



Purushottam Adhikari

Purushottam was an intern at GLD during fall 2019 while he was studying the International Program for Politics and Economics (IPPE) at Högskolan Vast (University West), Trollhättan Sweden. He is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal and speaks 5 languages Nepali, English, Hindi, Urdu and Swedish. Before moving to Sweden in 2015 he lived in the UK for 6 years. He is interested in topics such as sustainable development (and various projects running under the SDGs 2030 agenda), human rights and migration, transgender studies, political economy, and environmental governance. Besides his regular university studies, he has worked as a volunteer at the Swedish migration agency’s deportation centre located at Gothenburg with the Swedish Red Cross for 9 months, where he was mostly involved with assisting the asylum seekers with their human rights issues.



Hala Agha

Hala Agha was an intern at GLD in 2016. Hala holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Damascus, Syria. Her thesis was titled: “Violence against Wives in Damascus and Damascus Countryside Directories, a field Sociological Study from a Gender perspective” (at the individual level). It was a pioneer study in sociology on family in Syria. The aim of the study was to find out the true scale of the phenomenon and discover the relationships between all factors, related to gender-based violence against wives in Syria at all levels (micro, mezzo, and macro). The study won a grant from the Arabic Women’s Organization for the best thesis project in sociology in all of the Arab countries in 2009.

Hala also participated in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Division of Continuing Education Programme. She worked for 24 years as a Community Development & Relief Social Worker for UNRWA in Syria. She supervised many Community Development Centers and she was a Capacity Building Facilitator on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) referral system and gender workshops. Hala also worked as a freelance trainer on the topics: Assessment of Community Needs, Gender& Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and drugs prevention for the staffs of NGOs and local community members. She worked as a consultant on Palestinian Youth Strategy with UNRWA & UNICEF. She participated in the formulation process for the strategy, did gender analyses and the editing of the strategy document. Hala has been a representative of UNRWA in many forums and workshops such as the Syria child protection assessment interpretation, Amman 2013 (UNICEF). Hala is an outspoken feminist and active in the field of gender equality and human rights. She is a co-founder of the Palestinian commission against drugs. She also found time to be a lecturer in the cultural and social centres and on TV, aiming to raise awareness about social and community development.



Selma Agić

Selma was an intern at GLD in 2018 while she was pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Global Studies and International Relations at the University of Gothenburg. Her interests broadly cover four main themes: global security, governance, democracy and identity in particularly the MENA region and former Yugoslavia. She pursued her internship at GLD to gain more insight into Sub-Saharan Africa and develop qualitative and quantitative analysis skills.



Benjamin Akinyemi

Benjamin was GLD’s Communications Officer up until April 2020. Benjamin started his GLD journey as an intern back in 2016 and was later hired as Communications Officer.



Nesrine Ben Brahim

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. Nesrine has experience working on several research projects with Princeton University, PRIO, LSE, and Oxford, as well as NGOs in Tunisia and the UK. Her research interests include state fragility, governance, and development with a focus on the MENA region. She is fluent in Arabic and French.



Hanna Buznytska

Hanna Buznytska was an intern at GLD in 2017 while she was studying the International Administration and Global Governance Master Program at the University of Gothenburg. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in Kyiv, Ukraine, she went to do the European Voluntary Service in a small town in Poland, where she was working with the local community promoting multiculturalism and human rights. She has also been active in public relations in AEGEE (European Students’ Forum) for several years and has held a board position in AEGEE Election Observation, which deals with the assessment of engagement of youth in elections in Europe. She is particularly interested in corruption, gender relations in politics, development aid distribution, and the impact of social institutions on the quality of governance. 



Ruth Carlitz

Ruth Carlitz was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with GLD from 2016 until 2019. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in June 2016. Her research looks at government responsiveness from the ‘top down’ (how governments distribute public goods) and the ‘bottom up’ (what citizens and non-governmental organizations can do to promote transparency and accountability). Ruth’s dissertation focuses on Tanzania, where nearly half of the population languishes without access to a clean and safe source of drinking water despite massive investments in this sector in recent years. In order to make sense of this disconnect, she analyzes finely-grained, geo-coded data on spending and infrastructure construction for water provision, contextualized by public opinion surveys, interviews and focus group discussions. She finds that Tanzania's strategy of decentralizing water provision to local governments has largely failed to improve access, due to political favouritism at the local level as well as a ‘demand-responsive approach’ that privileges wealthier communities. In addition to her academic research, Ruth has worked on evaluations commissioned by organizations including the World Bank, the International Budget Partnership, and the Institute of Development Studies. Ruth lived in Tanzania from 2006-2008, where she worked with the local NGO HakiElimu. She has also conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda.




Ariadna Carrascosa Hidalgo

Ariadna was an intern during the winter 2018/19 semester while she was in her second year of the Master's Program in Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. With a background in law, she is interested in democracy and participation, policy implementation, why we follow norms and rules, but also AI and the environment, among others. Ariadna pursued an internship with GLD to learn how practical research is implemented, as well as improve her analytical and data skills.



Bruna Castro

Bruna was an intern at the GLD during the summer of 2018 while she was doing her M.A. in Human Rights Policy and Practice at Gothenburg University, Universidad Deusto, and Roehampton University. Bruna, a lawyer, is interested in anti-corruption, good governance, and the implementation of economic and social rights. During her bachelor, she was an intern at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C., where she obtained experience in anti-corruption and transparency.



Hamdi Charksi

Hamdi Charksi is a Statistical engineer from the Graduate School of Statistics and Information Analysis, he is a specialist in Big Data and Business intelligence. He joined the GLD Team in 2014, he participated in two projects realised in Tunisia, as being a supervisor, trainer, and he participated in the process of survey implementation, data management and data analysis. Hamdi was an intern during spring 2016 at the Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg. He participated in projects of the GLD Program on the Local Governance Performance index, focusing on current work in Tunisia, Malawi and China. He contributed to the process of survey implementation, data analysis and dissemination of results. 



Yuying Chen

Yuying Chen was an intern at GLD in 2017 while she was a second-year master student of the International Administration and Global Governance program, doing a double degree master between the University of Gothenburg and Fudan University. She got a Bachelor of International Politics and Bachelor of Economics from Xiamen University. Yuying has developed a keen interest in research on global development and governance issues. She worked as a research assistant in the Center for Asia-Pacific Cooperation and Governance, Fudan University. She was a Public Relations intern in the U.S Department of Labor from January 2015 to June 2015, a consulting intern in Mercer Consulting Company from January 2016 to May 2016, as well as a four-month intern in the Department of Public Information, United Nations Headquarters.



Adam Childs

Adam was an intern at GLD during autumn 2018 while he was studying a master’s programme in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. Before this he studied his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at UEA in England and also took the opportunity to study practical philosophy for a semester at Uppsala University in Sweden. During this time he was very interested in the moral and political aspects of philosophy. Adam is also interested in political science with a focus on inequality, the effects of urbanization, political ideologies, and political parties.



Zoltán Dóczi

Zoltán Dóczi was an intern at the Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg. At the same time, he was a lecturer at the National University of Public Service in Budapest (Hungary) teaching Migration as Security Challenge research seminar. Zoltán was finishing his PhD project entitled Law Enforcement Large-Scale IT Systems in EU Internal Security and Migration Policies at the University of Pécs (Hungary). The project concentrates on how the EU´s migration regime can operate more effectively and fairly at the same time. Previously he worked as Hungary´s migration and asylum expert at the European Migration Network. He was also involved in research on visa liberalization. He holds two master´s degrees in international relations and public administration. Zoltán speaks English, French, Russian, German and Swedish besides Hungarian.



Lali Dvali

Lali Dvali was a research intern at GLD in 2020 while she was studying a master`s program in International Administration and Global Governance at the University of Gothenburg. She has always been interested in the character of international relations and how these relations are regulated by norms and institutions. She has also had an interest in local factors affecting development of states. The latter influenced Lalis choice to complete courses in Caucasus Studies and African Studies with insights into local and external factors influencing the democratization and development of regions. She also finds social institutions very interesting to study. As a region, Africa is her biggest interest.



Frida Ericsson

Frida Ericsson was an intern at GLD in 2018. Frida holds an MCs International Development and Management MSc program (LUMID) from Lund University, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College Dublin in Economics and Political Science. Frida has previously interned with UN food agencies, and conducted research in rural Cambodia on gender-based access to food and accompanying livelihood patterns. At GLD, she now hopes to deepen her quantitative research and analysis skills in addition to gaining more insight into factors affecting the efficiency of governance and local development in Sub-Saharan African countries.



Jens Ewald

Jens was born and raised in Gothenburg but has previously also lived in Norway and in the US. He enjoys meeting new people and he is great at disc golf. Jens has a bachelor’s degree in economics, and has besides that taken courses in Swedish, English, and political science. Jens did an internship at the Program on Governance and Local Development during spring 2016. During the summer of 2016 he worked as a research assistant for GLD. He assisted the research team with data collection, dissemination, and writing reports. In addition, Jens is also interested in development economics and health economics. For his bachelor thesis he conducted a field study in India, examining the relationships between microfinance and child health.



Karen E. Ferree

Karen E. Ferree was a visiting scholar at GLD in 2020. Karen studies democratization in Africa.  Her work sits at the intersection of institutional and behavioral approaches to politics, with a particular focus on how ethnic and racial divisions and formal and informal institutions shape voting behavior and election outcomes in emerging democracies.  She has written about South African politics in her book, Framing the Race in South Africa: the Political Origins of Racial Census Elections (Cambridge University Press, 2011). She has also written about electoral institutions, electoral integrity, and issues related to survey design in Africa. 



Josephine Gakii Gatua

Josephine Gakii is an economist who was a post-doctoral researcher at GLD between 2018 to 2019. Her work focuses on development economics covering health, water, behavioral economics and political economy mainly in Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa. She has previous research experience from Kenya, where she worked at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) and the Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (attached to the National Aids Control Council – NACC), and with the World Bank in Tanzania. She received her PhD in Economics from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.



Anna-Magdalena Gross

Anna-Magdalena was an intern at GLD in the fall of 2019 while she was finishing her Bachelor studies in International Business Administration at the Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany.



Petter Holmgren

Petter Holmgren was an intern at the Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg during spring 2016. During the summer of 2016, he was working as a research assistant. Studying the first year of his master program International Administration and Global Governance he is interested in corruption, efficiency in provision of public goods and gender relations. He took his bachelor in Political Science and Economy at Lund University with his thesis “Men, Masculinity and the Military”. During his bachelor, Petter also studied at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey and has after his graduation worked at the Swedish Broadcasting Authority and with foreign aid in the Western Balkans before starting his master at the University of Gothenburg in 2015.



Salima Ismayilzada

Salima Ismayilzada was an intern at GLD during fall 2020 while she was studying MaPS at the University of Gothenburg as an SI scholarship holder. She has graduated with BA in Public Affairs from ADA University.  Besides GLD, she interned at the Quality of Government Institute and worked in UN Azerbaijan and ELSA Azerbaijan. Her main career interests centre on gender studies, human rights, and democracy. She is specifically interested in pursuing a career in international organizations like the United Nations, the Human Rights Watch. She speaks English, Azerbaijani, Russian, and Turkish.



Jenna Jordan

Jenna was a Data Science intern at GLD in 2019 while she was a Master's student in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her interests lie in data curation and management of international development, governance, and conflict data.



Suprabhath Kalahasti

Suprabhath holds a Masters in Biological Sciences and a Bachelors in Pharmacy from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani. Suprabhath is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Health – Health Economics from the University of Gothenburg. He has previously worked as a Consultant at IQVIA in Public Health development projects in the Middle East & Africa. His areas of interest include health systems research, health care financing, epidemiology, data sciences, and data journalism.



Anmar Kamalaldin

Anmar was an intern at GLD in 2017 and then worked as an Assistant Researcher for GLD. Anmar was born and raised in Manama, the capital of the smallest country in the Middle East, Bahrain. Anmar has a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden), where he researched the topic of Sustainability Education for his Master’s thesis. His previous academic background was in business, as he did a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Warwick (UK), followed by a Master’s degree in International Management for Middle East and North Africa at the University of London. Anmar has five years’ work experience in banking, as he was a manager at Gulf International Bank, a major wholesale bank in Bahrain. Anmar enjoys reading, playing the piano, travelling and drinking coffee!



Clancy Karlsson

Clancy was an intern at GLD in 2019 and then worked as an Associate Researcher at GLD. Clancy holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies from the University of North Texas. In addition to his duties with GLD, he was a Masters student in the International Administration and Global Governance (IAGG) program at the University of Gothenburg. His academic interests include issues of censorship, surveillance, free expression, and digital privacy.




Dziyana Katselkina

Dziyana was an intern at GLD in 2018 while she was doing her first year of the International Administration and Global Governance master’s program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Dziyana was previously an intern at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Belarus and worked at the Department for International Cooperation at the city administration. Her interests include issues concerning good governance, development aid, gender studies, and identity politics.



Sara Kenney

Sara Kenney worked as a Research Coordinator at GLD in 2017/2018. Before that, Sara was an intern at GLD in 2017 while she was studying towards her master’s degree in International Administration and Global Governance at the University of Gothenburg, with a focus on the performance of democracies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and has a passion for foreign languages.



Robert Kristiansen

Robert was an intern at GLD in 2018 while he was doing his first year of the International Administration and Global Governance master’s program. He is especially interested in questions regarding democracy, populism and ownership-driven development on a local level, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Development Studies and History, both acquired at Gothenburg University.



Mohamed Kubub

Mohamed was an intern at GLD in 2016. He holds a Bachelor degree in Administrative Science majoring in economics and accounting from Kuwait University, College of Administrative Science. He has worked in finance, accounting and administration for about ten years in different companies in Kuwait. He knows Tigre, Arabic, English and Swedish. In his free time, Mohamed likes to read books about history and watching movies.



Samuel Larsson

Samuel Larsson was a Research Intern at GLD during spring 2021 while he was enrolled in the IAGG program at the University of Gothenburg. He studied Peace and Development at Linnaeus University and Political Philosophy at the University of Hull in the UK. He is interested in the politics of development in Sub-Saharan Africa, development cooperation, and global inequality. In his free time, he enjoys playing the drums.



Laura-Silvia Lungu

Laura was an intern at GLD during 2016 while doing her M.A. in Comparative Politics at the University of Konstanz and University of Gothenburg. After completing her undergraduate studies in International Relations and European Studies in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, she worked at the Centre Européen Robert Schuman, Metz and helped organize cultural exchanges for young people from all over Europe. Laura is interested in corruption, quality of governance, endogenous political preference formation, hoping to become a Poli Sci researcher at day and activist for social justice at night. She also loves books, storytelling games and grammar rules. Her tasks at GLD allowed her to apply the knowledge in data analysis and research design she gained so far during her first M.A. year in Konstanz.



Anita Mureithi

Anita Mureithi was an intern at GLD in 2018 while she was an MSc student in Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. She comes from Nairobi, Kenya and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies and Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town. Anita’s interests lie in democratization and she has a passion for communication for development. Since coming to Gothenburg, Anita has worked as a digital ambassador for Study in Sweden at the Swedish Institute and a mentor at the University.



Sebastian Nickel

Sebastian was GLD’s Data Manager until 2019. He has an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Greifswald (Germany) and previously worked as a research assistant at the Chair of International Relations and the Chair of Early Modern History (both at the University of Greifswald). His research interests focus on migration in and between developing countries and whether project aid has any effect on migration patterns on a sub-national level.



Katelyn Nutley

Katelyn Nutley was a Research Intern at GLD in the Spring of 2021. During her internship, Katelyn was studying the double degree program in the IAGG program with the University of Konstanz and the University of Gothenburg. She holds a joint Bachelors degrees in International Relations from the College of William & Mary and the University of St Andrews. She is interested in globalization and identity politics and writing her thesis on the effect of militias on American governance. 



Hazal Ovaris

Hazal was an intern at GLD during the autumn of 2018 while she was doing her M.A. in Political Science at Gothenburg University. Before the programme, she had been working as a political journalist and conducting weekly interviews, 30 of which on the subject of the Turkish media under authoritarianism were compiled and published as a book. She was one of the founders of the Platform for Independent Journalism (P24). She is interested in the funds that are delivered for improving gender equality in the Middle East region, social movements and electoral authoritarianism.



Max Peterson

Max Peterson was an intern at GLD in 2017 while he was in his first year of the Master Program in European Studies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Gothenburg where he also studied International Relations and Spanish. His main interests European and Middle Eastern politics and especially issues concerning governance. He also loves culture and reads everything from classics to current literature.



Anita Rind

Anita Rind was an intern at GLD in 2017 while she was a second-year student of the Global Studies Master’s Program at the University of Gothenburg. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies with a focus on Chinese Studies from Heidelberg University, Germany. Her main areas of interest lie in gender relations, policy effectiveness, and East Asian politics. She is fluent in German and Mandarin. In her spare time, she enjoys apartment hunting in the city of Gothenburg and staying up to date with the latest food trends.



Somayeh Shafiei

Somayeh Shafiei was a visiting scholar at GLD in 2020. Somayeh has worked as an assistant research professor in the Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies (IHCS) since 2013, the largest and oldest organization for performing humanities research in Iran. She holds a PhD in Political Sociology from Allameh Tabataba'i University and teaches courses on qualitative methodology, social stratification, and the principles of sociology. Her research focuses on the social studies of women and gender by topics of lifestyle, social participation, social status, leisure, cultural & social capital, with her favorite area being micro politics - in particular power and resistance. As an inquiring sociologist, she has programmed, conducted, and supervised several types of research in Iran and was the annual selected researcher of IHCS in 2015. Her articles and book chapters on women and gender studies not only concentrate on Iranian society, but also determine the trends of social changes since the beginning of this century. 



Michael Stam

Michael was an intern at GLD during the summer of 2018 while he was doing his M.A. in Human Rights Policy and Practice at Gothenburg University, Universidad Deusto, and Roehampton University. During his B.A. in Governance at Utrecht University he was the president of the university's Dutch United Nations Students Association, as well as sitting on the board of the Dutch United Nations Association. He is specifically interested in policy change, the human rights-based approach, and policy implementation. 



Nora Stel

Nora Stel was a visiting scholar at GLD in 2018 while she worked as an Assistant Professor in Governance and Human Rights at the Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands. She is an Affiliated Scholar at Utrecht University’s Centre for Conflict Studies, the Netherlands, and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Nora works on the political anthropology of governance, authority and legitimacy in conflict-affected contexts, with a particular focus on non-state actors, informal institutions and refugee communities in the Levant. She has done fieldwork in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Burundi and Ethiopia for which she has been awarded several research grants, including one from Yale University. Nora has published with Oxford University Press and in journals such as Antipode, the Journal of Refugee StudiesDevelopment and Change and Mediterranean Politics. As a visiting scholar to the Governance and Local Development program at Gothenburg University, Nora is currently working on a postdoctoral research project titled ‘Hybrid Political Order and the Politics of Uncertainty: The Governance of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon’ under a Niels Stensen Fellowship.

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Axel Tengwall

Axel Tengwall was an intern at GLD during spring 2020 while he was studying for his bachelor´s in global studies. He grew up in the southern part of Sweden and moved to Gothenburg after high school. Politics, economics and social change have always been dear interests to Axel, which is why he went to university to study history and global studies. Specifically, Axel is interested in political economy and critical security studies.



Maria Thorson

Maria Thorson was the Program Manager for the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) in 2016. She has a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in societal psychology from the University of Gothenburg. She has previously worked as an assistant researcher and consultant at the Department of Psychology at the University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy, and Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital. Her previous research experience includes environmental psychology, developmental psychology, medical research, and educational research.



Evangelia Varagka

Evangelia was an intern at GLD in 2017. She holds a bachelor degree in Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and a Master Degree in European Studies from the University of Gothenburg. She has worked as a freelance lawyer, having her own firm for five years, and she is a member of the Katerini Bar Association (Greece). Evangelia is interested in topics related to EU integration, migration, gender issues, corruption and accountability. Evangelia speaks three languages English, Italian and French and she is currently learning Swedish. In her free time she likes to travel, hike, read books and meet with friends.   



Daniela Völp

Daniela Völp was a research intern at GLD in the spring of 2021 as part of her Master’s studies in International Administration and Global Governance. Prior to coming to Gothenburg, she completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations and European Languages at the University of Dundee and Sciences Po Grenoble. Her research interests include environmental sustainability, power politics, and the interplay between governance mechanisms at different levels.



Olivia Östlin

Olivia Östlin was GLD's Communications Officer from 2020 until Spring 2021. Olivia holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Lund University. Olivia spent her final semester as an intern with GLD, and developed an interest in research communication, leading to her former position at GLD. She left GLD to continue her studies at Lund University.