Advisory Group

Our Advisory Group of Swedish and international researchers enables ICLD to keep up to date with and disseminate the latest research and knowledge within the fields of local democracy and decentralisation.

Jesse C. Ribot

Professor, School of International Service at American University, Washington, DC, USA 

Before starting at AU August 2018, Jesse spent a decade as a professor of Geography, Anthropology and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Social Dimensions of Environmental Policy Initiative at the University of Illinois. He has also worked for numerous development agencies, such as World Bank and United Nations. His research focuses on decentralization and democratic local government, natural resource tenure and access, distribution along natural resource commodity chains and household vulnerability in the face of climate and environmental change.

Ribot, Jesse. 2013. “Choice, Recognition and the Democracy Effects of Decentralization” Ch. 4, Pp. 93-120 in Joakim Öjendal and Anki Dellnäs (eds.) The imperative of good local governance: Challenges for the next decade of decentralization. Tokyo: UNU Press.

Anders Lidström

Professor, Department of Political Science, Umeå University

His research focuses on local politics and government, comparative politics and education policy. This includes studies of local democracy and self-government, and political participation in city-regions, both within Sweden and in a comparative perspective. He has also carried out research on education policy, with a particular focus on how this is shaped at the local level.

Lidström, Anders. (2013). Local government associations worldwide: Promoting democratic local governance. In Democratic Local Governance: Reforms & Innovations in Asia (pp. 73–88). Tokyo: United Nations University Press.

Annika Björkdahl

Professor, Department of Political Science, Lund University

Her research includes international and local peacebuilding with a particular focus on urban peacebuilding, and gender and transitional justice and she is currently directing three research projects: Vulnerable Cities; The Politics of Memory; and Cultural Heritage of Conflict: Peacebuilding and the Politics of Memory.

Björkdahl, Annika et al ed (2016) Peacebuilding and Friction: Global and Local Encounters. In Post-Conflict Societies. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

Quinton Mayne

Associate Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.

Mayne is a Ford Foundation Associate Professor of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, USA. His research lies at the intersection of comparative and urban politics, with a particular interest in political behaviour and social policy in advanced industrial democracies. His fields of expertise are Politics, Social Policy, Fairness & Justice, Cities & Communities, Democracy & Governance, Gender, Race & Identity, and Poverty, Inequality & Opportunity.

Mayne, Quinton, and Eran Vigoda-Gadot. “Symposium on the Politics of Local Public-Sector Reform: A Global Perspective on Local Government Reinvigoration.” International Public Management Journal 21.3 (Summer 2018): 341-345.

Amalinda Savirani

Professor of Political Science at Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia.

Amalinda is a Professor of Political Science and Head of Department Politics and Government at Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. Her PhD research focused on the political behaviour of business actors responding to political shifts and neoliberalism in Pekalongan, Central Java, in Sociology and Anthropology. Her research interests include studies of social movements in the urban sector and labour with political economy.

Savirani, Amalinda, and Edward Aspinall (2017), Adversarial Linkages: The Urban Poor and Electoral Politics in Jakarta, in: Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 36, 3, 3–34

Tomila Lankina

Professor of International Relations, at London School of Economics, UK

Tomila’s research focuses on comparative democracy and authoritarianism, mass protests and historical patterns of human capital and democratic reproduction in Russia and other states. She is currently working on a book on the long-term patterns of reproduction of social structures in Russia and why this matter for democracy, development, and social inequalities.

Lankina, Tomila & Gordon, Claire & Slava, Svitlana. (2017). Regional Development in Ukraine: Priority Actions in Terms of Decentralization.

Andreas Ladner

Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Public Administration at University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Anderas is a Professor and Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Public Administration at University of Lausanne, Switzerland. His areas of research have been on Swiss public administration, local government, the quality of democracy, institutional change, political parties and voting advice applications. He has conducted a series of major research projects of the Swiss National Science Foundation and wrote a larger number of books and articles on the topics mentioned above.

Ladner, Andreas et al. (2019). Who Governs? Patterns of Responsiveness and Accountability. In book: Patterns of Local Autonomy in Europe (pp.279-301)

Sten Hagberg

Professor of Cultural Anthropology and director of the Forum for African Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden

Sten is a Professor of Cultural Anthropology and director of the Forum for African Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. His PhD research focused on dispute settlement between farmers and herders in Burkina. He has conducted anthropological research in Burkina Faso since 1988 and in Mali since 2008 covering themes including dispute settlement, local politics, environment, development, democracy and social movements. His research nowadays focuses on political culture, municipal democracy, local development, the mass media, security and popular struggle.

Hagberg, Sten. (2019). The Rise and Fall of a Political Party: Handling Political Failure in Municipal Elections in Burkina Faso. Kritisk Etnografi, 2(1–2), 141–156

Valeria Guarneros-Meza

Reader in Public Policy and Politics, at De Montfort University, UK

Valeria is a Reader in Public Policy and Politics, at De Montfort University, UK. S. Her research focus has been on local politics, citizen participation, governance, collaboration, partnership and Latin America. She has been able to study these topics within the English and Welsh contexts and in Mexico and Latin America. She has done studies on the impact that structural economic changes and institutional socio-political reforms have on local governance. Also, democratic principles such as inclusion and accountability have also an area of interest, particularly how these concepts and meanings affect the organisational structures of local government as well as the practices and behaviour of local government bureaucrats.

Andrews, Rhys & Entwistle, Tom & Guarneros-Meza, Valeria. (2018). Local Government Size and Political Efficacy: Do Citizen Panels Make a Difference? International Journal of Public Administration. 42.

ICLD Advisory Group 2019
Back from the left: Tomila Lankina – Professor of International Relations, at London School of Economics, UK Anders Lidström – Professor, Department of Political Science, Umeå University Sten Hagberg – Professor of Cultural Anthropology and director of the Forum for African Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden Jesse C. Ribot – Professor, School of International Service at American University, Washington, DC, USA Front from the left: Quinton Mayne – Associate Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA. Valeria Guarneros-Meza, Reader in Public Policy and Politics, at De Montfort University, UK Andreas Ladner – Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Public Administration at University of Lausanne, Switzerland Amalinda Savirani – Professor of Political Science at Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. Annika Björkdahl – Professor, Department of Political Science, Lund University