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Dr. Gyda Marås Sindre

Dr.  Gyda Marås  Sindre

Marie Curie Fellow

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

Office 320 (ARB)

Office Phone: 01223 767244


Gyda M. Sindre is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie research fellow in politics at POLIS and a Research Associate at the Centre for Governance and Human Rights (CGHR). She obtained her PhD from the University of Oslo 2011 and has held pre-doctoral fellowships at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) (2008-2009) and Yale University (2010). Prior to joining POLIS, she was a post-doctoral research fellow in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen, Norway. Gyda is the founder of the newly established Politics After War Network, which serves as a contact point for collaborative activities and knowledge sharing among researchers interested in dynamics of party politics, political mobilisation, state-society relations and the state in post-civil war contexts. She is the co-editor of the special issue Understanding Armed Groups and Party Politics in the journal Civil Wars (2016) and is currently co-editing another special issue, Former Armed Groups, Ideology and State Transformation and a book on Rebel Group Inclusion and Democracy.  

Research Interests

Dr Sindre’s research interests span the disciplines of international and comparative politics and peace –and conflict studies. She is currently the Principal Investigator of the research project Post-conflict political parties, co-funded by Marie Curie Actions of the European Commission and the Research Council of Norway. The focus of the project is to analyse the dynamics of party politics and party system development in post-civil war states with emphasis on the evolution of ethnic parties and party systems, the intersection of ethno-regionalism and secessionism, and the participation of former armed groups in politics. At a more general level, the project touches upon salient issues of citizenship, representation and state-transformation brought about by intra-state war and secessionist struggles. The empirical basis of the project is on selected political parties in Asia (Indonesia, Sri Lanka, East Timor) and Europe (Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo). The project also draws on collaborative partnerships with researchers working on party development in post-war contexts in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

Another long-term research engagement includes the study of civil society, local politics and democracy, primarily in Southeast Asia. A more long term project in the making is on the theme of the emerging state and contemporary nation-building with emphasis on sub-national mobilisation, identity and governance. 



Dr. Sindre teaches POL4 Comparative Politics, Lent term Module on Southeast Asia:  "Post-colonial versus contemporary processes of state-building" 

Key Publications

Sindre, Gyda M (2018) From secessionism to regionalism: Intra-organizational conflict and ideological moderation within armed secessionist movements. Political Geography 64, 23-32. Open Access 


Sindre, Gyda M. (2017) Indonesia: redistributive power. Ch 20 in Burnell, Peter, Lise Rakner and Vicky Randall (eds.) Politics in the Developing World, 5th ed. 


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


Sindre, Gyda M. (2015) 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. (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. (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.