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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 two special issues Understanding Armed Groups and Party Politics in the journal Civil Wars (2016) and Transforming state visions: Ideology and ideas in armed groups turned political parties forthcoming in Government and Opposition, and one forthcoming book Rebel Group Inclusion and the effects on democratisation. 

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. 



Previous teaching: POL4 Comparative Politics, Lent term Module on Southeast Asia:  "Post-colonial versus contemporary processes of state-building" 2017 and 2018

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