Fellows Global Social Governance

We’re pleased to introduce the WSS Fellows selected to participate in the seminar on Global Social Governance, which took place between 28 July and 3 August 2014 in London, UK.

Research careers are dynamic, especially for early-career scientists. This information was correct at the time of each Fellow’s application to the WSS Fellows programme, but may have changed since.


Karen Anderton

Dr. Karen Anderton is a Research Fellow in Low Carbon Policy and Governance at the Transport Studies Unit in Oxford University’s Centre for the Environment. With a background in law and international relations, she has a strong interest in examining how long- and short-term policy processes and governance structures will need to shift to deliver measures, across scales, which can address some of the world’s most complex policy problems.


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Roderick Galam

Roderick G Galam is currently a Postdoctoral International (POINT) Research Fellow at the Center for Area Studies, with affiliation to the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He obtained a PhD in sociology from Cardiff University and has researched on the spatiotemporalities of subjectification in the context of labor migration. He is currently preparing a book manuscript — tentatively entitled Navigating Migration: Women and the Spatiotemporalities of Subjectification — on this subject. His current research examines the social experience of time and the temporalities of waiting among Filipino youth looking for work in the global maritime industry. It examines the nexus between migration and youth employment and seeks to provide a ‘youth perspective’ to Philippine migration research and policy. He has worked as a researcher at the University of Southampton and Seafarers’ Rights International (London) and taught for almost ten years in the Philippines. His book ‘The Promise of the Nation: Gender, History, and Nationalism in contemporary Ilokano Literature’ was a finalist in the 2009 Philippine National Book Award.



Nuria Giniger

Nuria Giniger is an anthropologist who specializes in work, workers and corporate policies. She holds a PhD from Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and she is a researcher in the National Council of Scientific and Technical Researches (CONICET) of Argentina. She has published more than a dozen of papers in scientific reviews, several book chapters and her own book is coming up. She participates frequently in seminar and scientific conferences. Also, she is a professor in Universidad de Buenos Aires and she gives many courses in different national universities in Argentina.



Alexandra Kaasch

Alexandra Kaasch is currently a senior researcher at the Collborative Research Centre ‘Transformations of the State’ (University of Bremen, Germany). She has published in the fields of global social and health policy and governance; and is editor of the Global Social Policy Digest and Observatory. Among her recent publications is ‘Transformations in Global and Regional Social Policy’ (co-edited with Paul Stubbs).


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Tatjana Kiilo

Tatjana Kiilo is part-time researcher at the Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu, since January 2014. She also holds a full-time position as Deputy Head of European Union and International Cooperation Department at the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. Her main fields of research are ethnic relations, social problems and welfare. Tatjana Kiilo was born on July 26, 1981, in Estonia. She acquired her master´s degree from the University of Tartu in Public Administration. In November 2013 she defended her PhD thesis in Sociology. Tatjana Kiilo is fluent in Estonian, Russian and English.



Lindsey Kingston

Lindsey Kingston is an Assistant Professor of International Human Rights at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. She directs the university’s Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, which includes their undergraduate human rights program. An interdisciplinary social scientist, Kingston earned her Ph.D. in Social Science in 2010 at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Her current research interests include statelessness, transnational human rights advocacy, indigenous rights, and genocide prevention. She is an affiliated researcher with the International Observatory on Statelessness, based at Middlesex University London, and an editorial board member for Human Rights Review.


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Declan Kuch

Declan Kuch is a sociologist of science and technology at the School of Law, University of NSW. Following the completion of his PhD on emissions trading at UNSW, he worked as a Research Academic on “Managing Low Emissions Coal Technologies project risk: The role of public awareness.” Dr. Kuch was a consultant to the Australian Council of Learned Academies project on Unconventional Gas as part of ‘Securing Australia’s Future.’ He is currently researching socio-legal dimensions of the ‘Sharing Economy’ with ARC Future Fellow Professor Bronwen Morgan.



Tahu Kukutai

Dr Tahu Kukutai is an indigenous demographer from Aotearoa New Zealand who specialises in Maori and indigenous population research. Tahu has undertaken numerous research projects with Maori communities and works collaboratively with researchers at the Centre for Sami Research (Sweden) and Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (Australia). Tahu currently leads a major project investigating how governments around the world count and classify their populations by ethnicity. She has a PhD in sociology from Stanford University and is Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis at The University of Waikato, New Zealand.


Angela Last

Angela Last

Angela Last obtained her PhD in human geography from the Open University, UK. She holds a position as Postdoctoral Researcher in Feminist Geopolitics, in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow. An interdisciplinary researcher with a background in design and geography, her work explores the possibilities of ‘active citizenship’ in the context of geopolitics and global institutions. In particular, she is interested in the tension between international institutions that are ‘fashioning’ policy and opportunities for ‘global civil society’ to influence these policies. Her most recent project focuses on institutional innovation by globally so-called ‘parallel institutions’ across the world. In particular, she is interested in the kinds of interaction between these institutions – that are frequently set up by disenfranchised citizens – and national governments.


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Alex Lo

Alex Lo is a political economist and geographer based at Griffith University, Australia. He completed master degrees in Hong Kong and received his PhD in environment and political economy from the Australian National University in 2011. He conducts research into climate change mitigation and adaptation, with a focus on the contributions and limits of market-based governing approaches in the context of globalisation. His current research projects explore aspects of household’s economic resilience to natural catastrophes and the role of economic development and social capital in climate change adaptation. He is an editorial board member of the journal Environmental Values and the first or sole author of more than 25 referred journal articles.


Saadia Majeed

Saadia Majeed

Saadia Majeed is a Doctoral student in the Department of Management at Monash University. She is also a research scholar affiliated with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia. She holds a double Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Disaster Management. Her research primarily concentrates on disaster risk management, policy and planning. Currently, she is working on developing an integrated governance approach to disaster risk management which will be especially applicable in Bangladesh but which will have potential for wider application in other disaster prone regions.


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Jewellord Nem Singh

Dr. Jewellord (Jojo) Nem Singh holds a permanent position as Lecturer in Development in the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, UK. He received his PhD Degree in Politics at the University of Sheffield for his research on the political economy of natural resources in Brazil and Chile. He is co-editor of Resource Governance and Developmental States in the Global South: Critical International Political Economy Perspectives (with France Bourgouin, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) as well as Demanding Justice in the Global South (with Jean Grugel, Anders Uhlin and Lorenza Fontana, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He is also finishing a monograph entitled Resource Developmentalism: Post-neoliberal Experiments in Brazil and Chile. Dr. Nem Singh’s main research is on how resource rents can be used for pro-poor development with a special focus on middle-income countries in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. He is currently the Convenor of the Political Studies Association’s Development Politics Specialist Group and holds a research affiliation with the Sheffield Institute for International Development.


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Kate Neville

Dr. Neville is a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. With a passion for global environmental politics, her research focuses primarily on energy developments, water governance, and environmental activism. Dr. Neville’s current project explores the politics and political economy of energy developments, particularly unconventional extraction of oil and gas resources, with a focus on hydraulic fracturing. She is currently working on her first book, on the contested politics and political economy of biofuels, drawing on case studies in eastern Africa. When not in North Carolina, she lives in an off-grid cabin in northwestern British Columbia.


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Victor Peña

Victor S. Peña is currently a professor researcher at El Colegio de Sonora, Mexico. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from the Tecnologico de Monterrey. His research interest involve transparency, public participation, open government and fight against corruption. He has experience both at governmental level and in the academy, where he has taught and coordinated local, national and international projects. His current research project includes transparency in subnational public debt and open government´s implementation as a public policy. As an author, he has published numerous journal articles, chapters and books. He is member of the Mexican Researchers’ System (SNI).



Lee Pugalis

Lee Pugalis is an entrepreneurial urbanist based at Northumbria University where he chairs the Research group for Economic Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (REDIE). He has had an action packed career spanning local, regional and national government, academia and consultancy. Lee is an expert advisor to the Assembly of European Regions, and his research interests include the global-local interplay of urban crises, enterprising places and urban governance to which he has published widely.


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Pooja Ravi

Pooja Ravi is a PhD student at Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has done her bachelors and masters in Political Science and MPhil in Law and Governance. She has been academically trained in topics such as public policy, administrative reforms, urban and rural governance, politics of sustainable development, regulation of basic services, social exclusion, public private partnerships, solid waste management and water governance. Her key research interests lies in examining administrative reforms in the area of delivery of public services which led her to work in projects on the evaluation of governmental policies and programs and also create modules for public policy governance in India.


Rushil Ranchod

Rushil Ranchod

Rushil Ranchod is a research specialist and post-doctoral fellow in the Education and Skills Development programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). He holds an MA in International Political Economy at Newcastle University (UK), an MPhil in African Studies from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD in Geography from Durham University in the United Kingdom. Before joining the HSRC in July 2012, he worked at the University of Cape Town and and at Durham University. He was also previously a research fellow at the Institute of Society and Globalisation at Roskilde University in Denmark. His areas of research interest include: South African politics, political and governmental communications, African political economy and development. His emerging research interests lie in problematizing the research-policy nexus in developing countries. He has recently published a book entitled ‘A Kind of Magic’: The Political Marketing of the African National Congress.


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Danica Santic

Danica Šantić obtained her PhD in Human geography from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Geography, Serbia. She is Asisstent Professor at the University of Belgrade. Her main fields of research are migration and population geography (spatial distribution, population an sustainable development). She is currently developing  research proposals about asylum seekers in Serbia, which is a growing phenomenon. She has published more than 30 papers in national and international scientific journals, and freqently participates in seminars and scientific conferences in Serbia and the EU. She is a member of national demographic and geographical societies in Serbia and abroad, and fellow of ECIA.

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Mulyadi Sumarto

Mulyadi Sumarto is a faculty member at the Department of Social Development and Welfare Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, as well as a researcher at the Center for Population and Policy Studies in the same university. Mulyadi received PhD in social policy from the Australian National University, Australia in 2013. He has conducted researches and published academic works on welfare regime, social protection, social capital, social conflict, and clientelism. Over the last decade, Mulyadi received some research funds from UN agencies and government bodies to undertake researches on these topics and provide policy advice.


Brooke Wilmesen

Brooke Wilmsen

Dr Brooke Wilmsen is a Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences and Communications at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She is predominantly interested in the issues of displacement and settlement and works in a variety of contexts. She is currently undertaking a longitudinal study of those displaced by the Three Gorges Dam in China funded by an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.