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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  from the University of Oslo and a BA in Indonesian and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She has been a visiting scholar at UCLA and Yale University's Centre for Order, Conflict and Violence. Dr. Sindre's research focuses on political parties in post-conflict states, secessionist and ethno-nationalist movements, rebel group-to-party transformation, international peacebuilding and democratisation. She also writes and comments regularly on political developments in Indonesia, East Timor and Sri Lanka. With an interest in comparative analysis, her current research interests also includes former armed groups and political parties in Europe's post-conflict states, most notably Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. 

Research Interests

Dr Sindre is heading a major project on Post-conflict political parties, co-funded by Marie Curie Actions of the European Commission and the Research Council of Norway. A main focus of the project is to analyse the dynamics of party politics, the effects of war on party development and the role that parties play in conflict management and democratisation in post-war contexts. Based on cross-regional comparisons, the project includes cases from the Asia-Pacific region (Indonesia, East Timor and Sri Lanka) and Europe (Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo) with collaborative partners working on party development in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.  

Dr Sindre’s broader research interests include wartime political organizations, the continuities between wartime and peacetime politics, international peacebuilding, political parties, party theory, local governance (in particular in Indonesia and East Timor) and Indonesian politics in general.  


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. (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. (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) 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. (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.