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Research fellows

Pelle Ahlerup, Department of Economics

Short presentation:
Pelle holds a PhD in economics from the University of Gothenburg. In his thesis he studied topics such as social capital, nationalism, the determinants and economic effects of ethnic diversity, and the link between natural disasters and violent conflict.

In his current research project at GCGD -- the political effects of natural disasters -- he studies the effect of natural disasters on the likelihood of regime change, the level of oppression in non-democratic regimes, and the outcomes in democratic elections, but also what can be learned from using more disaggregated data on natural disasters and conflict.

In an upstarting project the focus will lie on the determinants of different ethnic structures. Here he will study the determinants of ethnic polarization, and the geography of ethnic groups and state borders. In both cases the focus will be on colonization strategies and the role of geography and natural boundaries such as rivers or mountains.

Jan Bachmann, School of Global Studies


Short presentation:
Jan holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Bristol, UK and was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at GCGD between 2010 and 2012.

His main research interests are in analyzing liberal interventionism in the global South, the politics of security and development, and international relations with a focus on Africa. He is furthermore interested in how concepts and tools of development are translated, stabilised and challenged in practice.

In his current SIDA-funded project Jan examines the broadening of Western security agendas that culminate in current “whole-of-government” and “comprehensive” approaches towards problematized social spaces in the global South. Of particular interest are questions of how Western militaries expand their mandate into issues of civilian governance such as development and conflict prevention and to what extent this blurring of the line between civilian and military activities is informed by reformed notions of counterinsurgency and policing.

Linnéa Gelot, School of Global Studies


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Linnéa holds a PhD in International Politics from Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK. She is working in the areas of African politics, regional security and international legitimacy. Her primary specialization is on the relationship between Africa and the United Nations, and her book on this topic has been published with Routledge's Security and Governance Series in 2012: 'Legitimacy, Peace Operations and Global-Regional Security: The African Union-United Nations Partnership in Darfur'.

She is also interested in the theory and practice of the protection of civilians in armed conflicts, the challenges with the global responsibility to protect, and the many rationales underpinning the current liberal intervention paradigm. She has published on these topics in journals such as Security Dialogue and African Affairs.

Christoph Haug, Department of Sociology and Work Science


Short presentation:
Christoph wrote his doctoral thesis about "Discursive Decision-making in Meetings of the Global Justice Movement: Cultures and Practices" at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).

His research interests include: transnationalization of social movements and civil society, public communication, public opinion, sociology of meetings and face-to-face interaction, micropolitics, practice thoery, participatory democracy, computer aided qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS), survey research, organization theory-especially communication-as-constitutive of organization (CCO), and inter-organizational collaboration.

Eoin McGuirk, Department of Economics
Homepage: www.eoinmcguirk.com

Short presentation:
Eoin held a postdoc position at GCGD from October 2013 until June 2014. During his stay in Gothenburg, he continued his work on two randomized experiments on education for girls in Sierra Leone: the first involves the establishment of community schools in 50 randomly selected villages; while the second evaluates the effects of teacher training and peer-mentoring programs in government schools. He is also worked on a new project on political and interpersonal violence in Africa.

Eoin holds a PhD in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. His research is concentrated primarily at the intersection of development and political economics, with a principal focus on Africa. His work has documented how ethnic diversity impedes the provision of primary education in Uganda; how natural resource rents undermine democratic accountability across Africa; and how democratic accountability itself can determine policy choices on foreign aid, foreign investment, environmental and labor regulation, and the fiscal management of natural resource revenues.

Eoin has moved to Brown University, Boston.

Yonas Alem, Department of Economics

Yonas holds a PhD in Economics from University of Gothenburg, and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. His research is concentrated primarily at investigating the impact and consequences of uninsured risk and shocks, with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. His work has documented which groups of society in developing countries were adversely affected by global food price shocks; how uninsured risk discourages adoption of productivity enhancing agricultural inputs in Ethiopia; and how education helps become technically efficient in production in Kenya. Yonas has also been teaching PhD courses in Econometrics and Development Economics, and he has been supervising PhD students who are expected to graduate during the current academic year here at the University of Gothenburg.

During his stay in Gothenburg, Yonas will continue his work on several projects.

Carola Betzold
Carola obtained a PhD from ETH Zurich, Switzerland for her dissertation on non-state actors in international climate change negotiations. Her research interests more broadly include international, regional and national environmental politics, especially on climate change; non-state actors, and indigenous and local communities. While she thus continues to look at climate politics during her stay in Gothenburg, her focus will shift toward climate governance in vulnerable countries, especially small island developing states.


Megan Daigle

Megan was awarded a PhD in International Politics from Aberystwyth University in 2012. Her dissertation, on sex tourism and the governance of bodies in contemporary Cuba, will be published with the University of California Press. Megan's research interests include gender, race, and sexuality; Latin American and Africa politics; methodology, fieldwork ethics, and practices of writing; and feminist, postcolonial, and postructuralist political theory.

At GCGD, Megan will be focusing on legal reform and sexual violence in the wake of conflict in Rwanda and Burundi. She is interested in the various understandings of victimhood, harm, justice, and the body, as well as the multi-level pressures and imperatives, which are at play in processes of legal and security sector reform on the local, national, and international scenes.

Jochen Kleres

Jochen holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Leipzig, Germany. His dissertation was about “AIDS Organizations as Civil Society Actors.” His research interests include civil society (social movements, nonprofit organizations, volunteerism), organizations, AIDS, migration, qualitative methodology and the role of emotions in and beyond those fields.

His current postdoc project focuses on NGOs in the field of development aid based in the global north. He analyzes such NGOs that are rooted in diasporadic communities of migrants from the global south as transnational spaces: do they convey hegemonic discourses, feeling rules and forms of civic organizing from north to south or vice-versa do they provide channels for migrantic actors’ critically engaging with them?


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