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Dr. Gyda Marås Sindre

Dr.  Gyda Marås  Sindre

Marie Curie Fellow

Research Associate, Centre for Governance and Human Rights (CGHR)

Senior Research Associate of Peterhouse

Office Phone: 01223 767244


Dr Gyda M. Sindre is a Marie Curie Fellow at POLIS and a Research Associate at the Centre for Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) and Peterhouse. She holds a PhD and MA from the University of Oslo and a BA in Indonesian and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Prior to joining POLIS, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen. She has previously been a visiting fellow at Yale University and UCLA. 

Research Interests

Dr Sindre is currently conducting research on political parties in post-conflict states, focusing on the role of political parties in peacebuilding in as diverse contexts as Bosnia Herzegovina, Burundi, East Timor, Indonesia (primarily Aceh) and Sri Lanka. Dr Sindre’s broader research interests include wartime political organizations, the continuities between wartime and peacetime politics, international peacebuilding, political parties and party theory. Her research has a strong focus on comparative case studies and the use of interview data. 

Key Publications

Sindre, Gyda M and Söderström, Johanna (2016) Guest editors Special Issue: Understanding armed groups and party politics, Civil Wars 18 (2)  


Sindre, Gyda M and Söderström, Johanna (2016) Understanding armed groups and party politics, Civil Wars 18 (2) 109-117


Sindre, Gyda M (2016) In whose interests? Former rebel parties and ex-combatant interest group mobilisation in Aceh and East Timor, Civil Wars 18 (2) 192-213 


Sindre, Gyda M. (2014) Internal party democracy in former rebel parties, Party Politics. Published online before print September 15, 2014, doi: 10.1177/1354068814550436, in print version: (2016) Party Politics  22(4) pp. 501-511. 


Sindre, Gyda M. (2014) Rebels and aid in the context of peacebuilding and humanitarian disaster: A comparison of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and the Tamil Tigers (LTTE), Forum for Development Studies, 41(1), pp. 1-21.


Sindre, Gyda M. (2014) Indonesia: Neo-liberalism in the context of patronage democracy, Ch 8 in Hansen, Arve and Wethal, Ulrikke (eds.), Emerging Economies and Challenges to Sustainability: Theories, strategies, and local realities. New York: Routledge.


Sindre, Gyda M. (2012) Civic engagement and democracy in Post-Suharto Indonesia: A review of Musrenbang, the Kecamatan Development Program and labour organising, Sindre_PCD 2012, 4 (1)


Sindre, Gyda M. (2010) From political exclusion to Inclusion: The political transformation of GAM, Chapter 5 in Törnquist (eds.) Aceh: The Role of Democracy for Peace and Reconstruction, Singapore: PCD Press.