Maria Thorson is the Program Manager for the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD). She has a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in societal psychology from the University of Gothenburg. She has previously worked as an assistant researcher and consultant at the Department of Psychology at the University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy, and Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital. Her previous research experience includes environmental psychology, developmental psychology, medical research, and educational research.
Tove is currently an MSc student in Political Science. She holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science from Gothenburg University and has also studied International Relations at Science Po, Lyon. During her studies she did an internship at the Swedish Mission to the UN in Geneva, working with humanitarian affairs and migration issues. She started her master program at Gothenburg University 2015 and has worked as a research assistant at Gothenburg University and Leicester University. Tove is especially interested in gender relations, democratization and institutionalism.
Laura is currently doing her M.A. in Comparative Politics at the University of Konstanz and University of Gothenburg. After completing her undergraduate studies in International Relations and European Studies in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, she worked at the Centre Européen Robert Schuman, Metz and helped organize cultural exchanges for young people from all over Europe. Laura is interested in corruption, quality of governance, endogenous political preference formation, hoping to become a Poli Sci researcher at day and activist for social justice at night. She also loves books, story telling games and grammar rules. Her tasks at GLD will allow her to apply the knowledge in data analysis and research design she gained so far during her first M.A. year in Konstanz.
Petter Holmgren was an intern at the Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg during spring 2016. During the summer of 2016 he was working as a research assistant. Studying the first year of his master program International Administration and Global Governance he is interested in corruption, efficiency in provision of public goods and gender relations. He took his bachelor in Political Science and Economy at Lund University with his thesis “Men, Masculinity and the Military”. During his bachelor Petter also studied at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey and has after his graduation worked at the Swedish Broadcasting Authority and with foreign aid in the Western Balkans before starting his master at the University of Gothenburg in 2015.
Hamdi Charksi is a Statistical engineer from the Graduate School of Statistics and Information Analysis, he is a specialist in Big Data and Business intelligence. He joined the GLD Team in 2014, he participated in two projects realised in Tunisia, as being a supervisor, trainer, and he participated in the process of survey implementation, the data management and data analysis. Hamdi was an intern during spring 2016 at the Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg. He participated in projects of GLD Program on the Local Governance Performance index, focusing on current work in Tunisia, Malawi and China. He contributed to the process of survey implementation, data analysis and dissemination of results. Hamdi is also a Head research assistant in the 2016 Tunisian Political attitudes Project with the University of Texas of Austin.