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December 2019

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  • New Working Paper
  • New Podcast
  • Upcoming Workshop with Claire Adida
  • And Much More!

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New Working Paper: Creating Coexistence - Intergroup Contact and Soccer in Post-ISIS Iraq

Can intergroup contact build social cohesion after war? I answer this question by randomly assigning Iraqi Christians displaced by ISIS either to an all-Christian soccer team or to a team mixed with Muslims. I find persistent changes to behaviors toward Muslim peers: Christians with Muslim teammates are more likely to sign up for a mixed soccer team in the future (12 pp., p < 0.08), vote for a Muslim player (not on their team) to receive a sportsmanship award (16 pp., p < 0.01), and train with Muslims six months after the intervention ends (34 pp., p < 0.01). Players on mixed teams are also more likely to believe that coexistence is possible (63 SDs., p < 0.01). These results seem to be driven by changing norms around social contact as well as a positive experience, with top-performing teams being more likely to patronize a restaurant in Muslim-dominated Mosul. Contact was less effective, however, at shifting generalized tolerance toward Muslim strangers. These findings point to the potential for meaningful social contact to build coexistence after conflict — even if underlying prejudice remains unchanged.

Read the full working paper.

New Podcast: Is Turkey Losing the Integration Battle?



Episode 10: In this month's Governance Uncovered podcast we are joined by Mine Eder (Professor of Political Science, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul) who discusses how migration in Turkey, specifically the influx of around 3.8 million Syrian refugees, has affected the country’s social and political landscape. Ideas about how the country is trying - and often failing - to integrate these new residents are also addressed.

Mine  Eder  is  a  Professor  of  Political  Science  at  the  Department  of  Political Science and International Relations of Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. She received a Fulbright to pursue graduate degree at the University of Virginia where she  received  her  MA  and  PhD  in  Politics.  She  also  taught  at  Lewis  and  Clark College  and  was  a  visiting  professor  at  Yale  and  George  Washington  University. She  specialized  on  comparative  political  economy  of development  and  published widely  on  various  aspects of  Turkey’s political  economy  ranging  from  regional cooperation,  welfare provision,  poverty  and  informality,  problems  of  developmentalism,  populism  as  well  as  Turkey-EU relations.  Since  2006,  her  research  interests  shifted  to  include  an  exploration  of  interstices  of  migration and urban transformation in Istanbul; domestic female migrant workers, shuttle traders, displacement and gentrification in Istanbul's neighborhoods as well as local governance.

Selected Work:

Öz, Özlem and Eder, Mine. (2018.  ‘Problem Spaces’ and Struggles Over the Right to the City: Challenges of Living Differentially in a Gentrifying Istanbul Neighborhood,’ International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 42.6:1030-1047. Chosen as IJJUR’s best article in 2018. Available at:


SAFEResearch Book Coming Soon

Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences will be published April 2020. We would like to thank all those who have contributed to the manuscript over the past 24 months.

We'd also like to thank co-author, Isabell Schierenbeck, who has been involved in two recent seminars on the book at Uppsala University and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency in Karlstad.

For more information about this project click here.

GLD in the Press

GLD's ongoing research in Malawi was featured in this month's edition of GU Journalen. The full text (available in Swedish only) can be found here.


Upcoming Survey Experiment Workshop with Claire Adida

Claire Adida
​Associate Professor
Political Science Department
University of California San Diego

Date: January 9th
Time: 10-12
Location: Gothenburg University, Sweden

Claire uses quantitative methods to study how countries manage new and existing forms of diversity. She has applied this question to the study of immigrant exclusion and ethnic politics in urban West Africa, France, and the United States. Her current research investigates the conditions that reduce out-group discrimination, and the strategies vulnerable minorities employ to navigate discriminatory environments. Her work is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Hellman Foundation, and the Evidence in Governance and Politics Group.

Kristen Kao @ Harvard

This month GLD Senior Researcher Kristen Kao held a seminar at Harvard University entitled "Retribution or Reconciliation? Attitudes Toward Rebel Collaborators in Iraq."

Prisca Jost at 50%

GLD PhD Student Prisca Jost presented her 50% dissertation seminar on "Social Neighbourhood Context and The Political Participation of the Poor." A big congratulations from the whole team on your excellent work over the past two years!  

We look forward to seeing you at your 80% seminar!

In the Field

This month PhD Student Ezgi Irgil undertook fieldwork in Bursa, Turkey in which she interviewed Syrian refugees about their everyday lives. This is the second part of her research. In the first part, she interviewed natives in the same city.

External Funding Opporunity

Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research to Address Global Development Challenges

Are you a social or natural sciences researcher or engineer based in a developing country setting interested in conducting research that has the potential for development related impact?
Or, are you a U.S. based researcher funded by a U.S. Government supported agency interested in applying your research in a developing country context through collaboration with colleagues abroad?
The Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program is a competitive awards program that invites scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics of importance to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and conducted in partnership with select U.S. Government-supported agencies. The program is implemented by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine through USAID support.
The program is currently inviting pre-proposals (due February 10, 2020) for projects up to three years in duration and $100,000 per year (depending on focus area) that will lead to development-related policy or programmatic change from applicants in the following specific countries or regions or working on the following topical areas:
1.       Multiple Countries/ Any Development-Related Research
2.       Multiple Countries/ Advanced Digital Tools
3.       Multiple Countries/ Family Planning and Reproductive Health
4.       Multiple Countries/ Social, Economic, and Behavioral Sciences
5.       Afghanistan/ Urban WASH and Transboundary Water
6.       Bangladesh/ Clean Energy
7.       Tunisia/ Multiple Sectors
8.       Vietnam/ Bioremediation of Dioxin and Furans
The full PEER pre-proposal solicitation, instructions, eligible country lists, details on the special focus topics above, frequently asked questions, and a link to the online application website are available at Potential applicants or partners with questions are also invited to contact the program’s staff at

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