Academic Staff at Global Development

List of the academic staff members and their respective courses at Global Development

Atreyee Sen is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology. She is a political anthropologist of urban South Asia with a PhD in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (2001), University of London. Her research and publications trajectory focuses on large-scale militant political movements in the city that create micro-cultures of violence in confined urban spaces. She has also conducted projects on right-wing activistm, communal conflict and guerrilla movements in Indian cities (Mumbai, Hyderabad, Calcutta and Dharamsala) and explored the impacts of these movements on slums, refugee colonies and prisons. Atreyee is a member of the researcher groups Conflict, Power & Politics and Globalisation & Development at the Department of Anthropology. She teaches GD: Theories, Facts and Current Issues at the Global Development programme.
Topics for thesis supervision: Gender, peace and security

Ayo Wahlberg is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology. Over the last decade Ayo has worked in Vietnam and China on projects concerning the modernization of herbal medicine and the routinization of reproductive technologies respectively. His research interests are within the fields of medical anthropology and the globalization of various forms of medical technology. With a Master’s degree in Development Studies, Ayo went on to pursue his postgraduate studies in Sociology at the London School of Economics where he received his PhD in 2007. Since 2009 Ayo has worked at the University of Copenhagen on a series of research grants from the Danish Council of Independent Research, most recently on the VITAL project funded by  the European Research Council. Ayo teaches the course “Transnational Actors, Networks and Placemaking” and is a member of the Global Development Study Council.
Topics for thesis supervision: Global flows of people, goods, ideas; international development cooperation; marginalisation

Christian Lund is Professor of Development, Resource Management, and Governance, at the Department of Food and Resource Economics (since 2012). He previously held a professorship in International Development Studies at Roskilde University for a number of years. Professor Lund has been a Visiting Scholar at University of Leiden, University of California, Berkeley, London School of Economics, Centre for Development Research, Copenhagen, and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (School of Advanced Social Studies) in Marseille. Christian Lund has a keen interest in discussions about the state and politico-legal institutions, and the ways in which social action produces public authority. His research focuses on property, local politics and state formation; in particular socio-legal processes of conflict over land and natural resources. For close to two decades Professor Lund has worked on land and politics issues in West Africa with a particular interest in local politics and conflicts over natural resources. His main work has been conducted in Niger, Ghana and Burkina Faso. He is currently commencing research on similar issues in Indonesia (Working title: Fragmented Sovereignty: Property, Citizenship and Territory in Southeast Asia). Professor Lund´s main works include Law, Power, and Politics in Niger – Land Struggles and the Rural Code (1998), and Local Politics and the Dynamics of Property in Africa (2008). Moreover, he has edited and co-edited Land Politics in Africa. Constituting Authority over Territory, Property, and Persons (2013), Propriété et citoyenneté en Afrique des villes (2012), New Frontiers of Land Control (2011), Politics of Possession (2009), Twilight Institutions (2007), and Negotiating Property in Africa (2002). Professor Lund has published in journals such as Africa, Development and Change, Journal of Modern African Studies, Journal of Peasant Studies, and World Development. He teaches the course "Global Politics".
Topics for thesis supervision: Local politics, State formation, Twilight institutions, Resource politics, Resource conflicts, Frontiers, Property, Citizenship, Law, Niger, Ghana, Indonesia

Helle Bundgaard is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. Her most recent interest is experimenting with writing ethnography in the form of creative nonfiction. She is currently writing a collection of short-stories based on her work with craft producers in Orissa, India over a period of almost 30 years. She is still continuing research and teaching activities related to ethnographic fieldwork with a particular focus on how master students experience and handle fieldwork as part of their study programme in a given institutional setting. Helle is affiliated to the research groups: Business and Organisation, and Migration and Mobility at the Department of Anthropology. She teaches, among other topics, creative nonfiction, qualitative methods, applied mixed methods, didactics, the anthropology of education, higher education and childhood maters. For Global Development, she teaches the Field methods and Field course.

Henrik Hansen is professor at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen and Head of Studies at Global Development. Professor Hansen has been Danida advisor in Vietnam, chairman of the board of the Danida Fellowship Centre and a substitute member of the Board of Danida. He continues to work for Danida as a short term consultant. He is also a member of the Economic Department’s research group “Development Economics Research Group” (DERG) and part of the research network Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research (COPE). His research interests are within development economics and applied econometrics. Starting as a time-series econometrician he has gradually moved into development economics focussing on issues of economic growth, foreign aid and poverty. He has done research on the impact of foreign aid on economic growth and more recently economic analyses of households and firms in Vietnam. Present interests include: the statistical validity of large household surveys; impact evaluation; economic growth and inequality. Professor Hansen is presently involved in research projects in Vietnam and Tanzania. He teaches the course "Development Economics" at the economics programme as well as "Advanced Research Methods" at the Global Development programme.

Iben Nathan is Associate Professor at the Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO). Her main research focus is on forest politics and decentralized forest governance. Iben has experience from research and advisory services in developing countries since 1985. She has worked in South and Southeast Asia and East Africa regularly since 1985. She has specialized knowledge on political and socioeconomic aspects of forest governance, decentralized natural resource management, participation, qualitative research methods, global politics, and global environmental governance. She teaches two MSc courses ‘Global Environmental Governance’ and “Qualitative methods in agricultural development”, and has taught several PhD courses on case study research. Present research interests include forest legality verification (EU’s Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Program) and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). At Global Development she teaches the course "Global Politics".

Jens Friis Lund is Professor at the Department of Food and Resources Economics (IFRO). His research focuses on natural resources governance in developing countries, in particular participatory or decentralized approaches to forestry and wildlife management predominantly in Tanzania but also Nepal, Laos, Mozambique and India. He has also done research on the political economy of timber exploitation in Ghana. Present interests include: relations between knowledge and power in participatory processes; impacts of participatory policies on conservation, livelihoods and social equity and; the political economy of natural resources management. Jens is presently involved in a number of project activities in Nepal, Tanzania, Kenya and Denmark. He is increasingly engaging with the political economy of climate change and mitigation and the role of social movements in this. Jens teaches the MSc courses ‘Political Ecology’ and ‘Field Methods and Fieldwork’ as well as PhD courses on social theory in natural resources management and political ecology.
Topics for thesis supervision: Political Ecology, Politics of Knowledge, Critical Policy Studies, Rural Livelihoods, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Activism and Social Movements, Forestry, Conservation, East Africa

John Rand is Professor at the Department of Economics. His main research areas are within development microeconomics, with a focus on being policy relevant in a developing country context. His research has therefore often been carried out in collaboration with national ministries and research institutions in Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Vietnam, but also with international organisations such as the UN, ILO and the World Bank. John’s primary fields of research are development economics, firm-level studies and econometrics and impact evaluation. He teaches the course "Advanced Development Economics: Micro Aspects" at the economics programme as well as "Global Business and Economics” at the Global Development programme. He is a  member of the Development Economics Research Group (DERG, and Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research (COPE,
Topics for thesis supervision: Impact evaluation, Aid effectiveness, FDI spillovers and learning, Firm level analysis, Poverty analysis, Industrial policy; Methods: Quant, Economics, Econometrics, Mixed Methods

Jytte Agergaard is Associate Professor at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Ressource Management. Her research focuses on human mobility and migration dynamics in relation to rural-urban transformations in the global South and cuts across the fields of social, economic and development geography. Jytte Agergaard has been particularly concerned with investigating how livelihood dynamics are linked to regional and global processes in forming multi-locale practices. At the outset, she focused on the rural end of the rural-urban divide, but she is now increasingly preoccupied with exploring the urban end including urban transformations. Her research has also investigated the provision of basic primary education and how it impacts on geographical and social inequities. Initially her primary research area was Nepal, subsequently it became Vietnam, and more recently she has started to also work in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially in Tanzania. She has a particular interest in conducting comparative research and in bringing historical and biographical methodologies and perspectives to the fore. Jytte Agergaard is co-teaching the course "Transnational Actors, Networks and Placemaking". 

Niels Fold is Professor at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (section of Geography). His research interests focus on agro-industrial linkages and regional development in the Global South analysed within a global value chain (GVC) approach. He is particularly interested in the impacts of regional growth centres and rural-urban dynamics on spatial restructuring processes. Niels has worked on several agro-industrial value chains (e.g. cocoa, coffee, rice, pineapples, palm oil, shea nuts, cassava) in Ghana, Tanzania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Malaysia and Vietnam. Current research includes dynamic agricultural transformation processes in Africa, contract farming in Tanzania, and trading networks for aromatic and medicinal plants in Nepal. He also seeks to adapt the GVC approach to 1) small-scale mining (with on-going projects in Ghana and Tanzania) and 2) high-tech industries in the EU based on Rare Earth Elements (REE); this research takes place in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Denmark. Besides teaching at the Geography program he teaches the course ‘Global Business and Economics’ at the Global Development Program.
Topics for thesis supervision: Contract farming, rural development (agrarian transformation), mining, small-scale mining, rural-urban linkages, settlement trajectories, clusters, regional development, global value chains, South-South (trade) relations
Regional specialization: West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, South East Asia
Country specialization: Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malaysia, Vietnam, Nepal

Pablo Selaya is Associate Professor of development economics at the University of Copenhagen, and research fellow at the Institute of Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. His main research interests are in economic and political development, from a comparative and historical perspective. He has written on several topics: the causes and consequences of IT diffusion on economic growth, the relationship between climate and the emergence of global income inequalities, the relationship between foreign direct investment and foreign aid as two of the most important sources of external capital for development, the competition for export markets among development aid donors and its relationship with patterns in the allocation of foreign aid, the impact of development aid on bureaucratic quality and sectoral elvels of work productivity in the recipient countries.  His current research projects are on the the political comparative development in Bolivia and roads for development.. His postdoctoral research was been funded by the EU and the Danish Council for Independent Research – from which he got an Eliteforsk research grant under the Sapere Aude program in 2012. He has taught at universities in Bolivia, Chile, and Denmark, has been senior and chief economist at the Bolivian ministries of finance and energy, and has worked as a consultant for the British Department for International Development and the World Bank. He currently teaches the seminar on Comparative Economic and Political Development in Latin America and Advanced Development Economics at the Economics program, and the course on Economic Growth and Inequality at the Global Development program.

Quentin Gausset holds a PhD in Anthropology from the Free University of Brussels and is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology. His research deals with different themes and regions, from classical ethnography with focus on religion and ethnicity in Cameroon, to AIDs prevention in Zambia and Burkina Faso and to socio-cultural aspects of natural resource management in Burkina Faso, Tanzania (agro-forestry), Cameroon (agro-pastoral conflicts(, Malayia (management of Niah national park), Thailand, Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa (sustainable use of natural resources) and Denmark (reduction of CO2 emissions). Apart from publishing peer-reviewed articles on these subjects, he has also co-edited an anthology entitled “Beyond Territory and Scarcity: Exploring Conflicts Over Natural Ressource Management”, published by the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala. He teaches the Economic Growth and Inequality course at Global Development.

Edward Sam Jones is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics. Before turning to academia, Sam worked for the Bank of England and spent seven years in Mozambique, working in the Ministry of Planning and Finance. His current research is wide-ranging. He is a development economist with interests in applied economic and policy analysis in developing countries, focussing on sub-Saharan Africa and Lusophone Africa in particular. He works extensively with macro- and micro- economic data from developing countries, applying a range of empirical tools. His primary research intersts cover the economics of foreign aid, education quality, labour markets, policy (impact) evaluations, economic growth and poverty/welfare analysis including multi-dimensional deprivation. Sam is currently teaching a Master’s course on applied macroeconomic and policy analysis in developing countries in the Department of Economics. For Global Development he teaches the Field Methods and Fieldwork course.

Thomas Markussen is Associate Professor and international coordinator at the Department of Economics. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and Danida and taught at University of Nairobi. Professor Markussen has a background in political science as well as economics. His research focuses on collective action, economic development, political economy, experimental economics, land rights, good governance and democracy. Thomas is part of several research groups, Development Economics Research Group (DERG) and Centre for Experimental Economics (CEE) at University of Copenhagen, as well as the Copenhagen Network for Experimental Economics (CNEE). He uses data from laboratory experiments, household surveys and other sources. Professor Markussen has lived in Kenya and has been involved in research projects in Denmark, Ghana, India, Kenya and Vietnam. He teaches health economics at the Global Health programme and ” GD: Theories, Facts and Current Issues at the Global Development programme.