The impact of abortion legalization on fertility and female empowerment - New Evidence from Mexico

Damian Clarke, Hanna Mühlrad

Hanna Mühlrad is a Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Economics at Lund University, Sweden. Her primary fields of interest are health economics, development economics, labor economics and global and public health. The main focus of...



Health Systems bottles - necks and evidence-based district health planning. Experiences from the...

Dorcus Kiwanuka Henriksson

Dorcus Kiwanuka Henriksson is a health systems and public health specialist at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and the Chair of the Emerging Voices for Global Health Network (EV4GH).  In 2017 she defended her doctoral thesis "Health...



Closing the Quality Gap - Investigating health system bottlenecks and quality improvement...

Ulrika Baker

Ulrika Baker is a Medical Doctor with a background in Public Health and Family Medicine. She has lived and worked for several years in Sub Saharan Africa, including in Tanzania, Uganda, Eritrea and Malawi where she has been based since...


Public administration

The rise and fall of "results initiatives" in swedish development aid

Janet Vähämäki

Janet is a researcher at Stockholm Center for Organizational Research (SCORE). In 2017 she defended herdoctoral thesis Matrixing Aid- The Rise and Fall of ‘Results Initiatives’ in Swedish Development Aid at Stockholm Business School,...



Beyond an instrumental approach to religion and development - challenges for church-based...

Josephine Sundqvist

Josephine Sundqvist is a development researcher who defended her thesis ”Beyond and instrumental approach to Religion and Development – Challenges for church-based healthcare” at the Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre at...


Results and ownership in swedish development cooperation

Therese Brolin

Therese Brolin defended her PhD thesis ”Ownership or Donorship? Results and ownership in Swedish international development cooperation” in Human Geography at the University of Gothenburg in September 2017. Prior to her doctoral studies...


War, security and conflict

Peace and Politics: Promoting Durable Solutions to Communal Conflicts

Emma Elfversson

Emma Elfversson is a researcher at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. She will defend her dissertation “Central Politics and Local Peacemaking: The Conditions for Peace after Communal Conflict” on 6...


War, security and conflict

Peacemaking Up Close: Explaining Mediator Styles of International Mediators

Mathilda Lindgren

Mathilda Lindgren is a Peace Researcher who defended her thesis ”Peacemaking Up Close: Explaining Mediator Styles of International Mediators” at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in October 2016. This...


Equality, War, security and conflict

Educating for Peace - A Theological Task in Contemporary Times

Sara Gehlin

Sara Gehlin is a post-doctoral researcher in theology. Her current research project Women and Peace: Vision and Reality at the Intersection of Peace - and Feminist Theology concerns the impact of Resolution 1325 in contemporary...


Health, Research

Effects of violent conflict on women and children: sexual behvaior, fertility, and infant mortality...

Elina Elveborg Lindskog

Elina Elveborg Lindskog defended her thesis "Effects of violent conflict on women and children. Sexual behavior, fertility, and infant mortality in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo" in June 2016. This is a summary of her...



Increasing access to abortion

Susanne Sjöström

Susanne Sjöström is an obstetrician at Danderyds sjukhus. She defended her thesis "Increasing acces to abortion - perspectives on provider availability in different settings" at Karolinska institutet in Januari 2017. Her work has...


Health, Research

The quest for maternal survival in Rwanda – Paradoxes in policy and practice

Jessica Påfs

Jessica Påfs works as a SRHR-advisor for Plan Sverige. She defended her thesis in December 2016 at Uppsala university with the thesis "The Quest for Maternal Survival in Rwanda - Paradoxes in Policy and Practice". This is a summary...


Health, Research

Moving upstream: Gender norms and emerging sexual experiences in early adolescence

Anna Kågesten

Anna Kågesten is a researcher at Karolinska Institutet. She defended her thesis ”A window of opportunity: Gender attitudes and patterns of romantic and sexual experiences in early adolescence” at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School...


Health, Research

Strategy for supporting low-income countries in building a midwifery profession

Malin Bogren

Malin Bogren defended her thesis "Building a midwifery profession in South Asia" in 2016 at the University of Gothenburg. "Strategy for supporting low-income countries in building a midwifery profession" is a summary of her thesis. The...


Exporting Agrarian Expertise: Development Aid at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences...

Karl Bruno

This Development Dissertation Brief is a summary of Karl Bruno's doctoral dissertation in agrarian history, which he defended in June 2016. It is a historical study, the findings throw new light on formative episodes in Swedish rural...


How does China challenge the IMF’s power in Africa?

Johanna Malm

Johanna Malm defended her PhD dissertation “When Chinese development finance met the IMF’s public debt norm in DR Congo” in International Development Studies at the Department of Social Sciences and Business at Roskilde University in...


Democracy, Public administration

Anti-corruption reform – evolution or big bang?

Anders Sundell

Anders Sundell is a researcher at the Department of Political Science, Gothenburg University. He defended his dissertation "Public Administration and Corruption: How to get the institutions that work" at Gothenburg University in June 2015...



Women in african natural resource booms

Anja Tolonen

Anja Tolonen is an assistant professor at Department of Economics at Barnard College, Columbia University. She defended her dissertation "Mining Booms in Africa and Local Welfare Effects: Labor markets, Female Empowerment, and Criminality"...


Equality, Human Rights

Beyond the buzzwords: approaches to gender in humanitarian aid

Elisabeth Olivius

Elisabeth Olivius is a researcher at the Department of Political Science at Umeå University. She defended her dissertation "Governing Refugees through Gender Equality: Care, Control, Emancipation" in December 2014. The aim of this...


Education, Human Rights

Child education, child labor and the agricultural economy

Elin Vimefall

Most poor people in the world live in rural communities, and they are more likely to be women, children, or members of a minority ethnic group. The research presented in this brief focus on these individuals, the most vulnerable in...


Regional development, Regionalt bistånd

Path dependent possibilities of transformation: Agricultural change and economic development in...

Montserrat López Jerez

No doubt, institutions are central to economic and social development, and history provides many examples showing that they have a tendency to be persistent. Nevertheless, several issues remain to be settled before conclusions can be drawn...


Human Rights

The when and why of helping: individual and organizational decision making from a psychological...

Arvid Erlandsson

Within the fields of experimental psychology and behavioral economy helping decisions, i.e. decisions that potentially can benefit someone else than the decision maker, have mostly been investigated at the individual level (e.g. “should...


Public administration, Research

Going with the flow or swimming against the current? Interplay of formal rules, informal norms and...

Yumiko Yasuda

This DDB introduces key findings from broader research that aimed at understanding the influence of formal and informal rules and norms on civil society...


War, security and conflict

Aiding the End of Conflict? Reintegrating Ex-Combatants in Colombia

Michael Jonsson

This Dissertation Brief analyzes Colombian efforts to reintegrate AUC and FARC ex-combatants into civilian life from 2002 and onwards. The paper draws substantially from Michael Jonsson's  Ph.D dissertation "A Farewell to Arms....


War, security and conflict

Causes of Communal Conflicts – Government Bias, Elites, and Conditions for Cooperation

Johan Brosche

Why do communal conflicts turn violent in some regions but not in others? This question has been explored by Johan Brosché in his dissertation "Masters of War – The Role of Elites in Sudan’s Communal...


Equality, War, security and conflict

Stronger than Justice: Armed Group Impunity for Sexual Violence

Angela Muvumba Sellström

Which conditions lead to armed group impunity for sexual violence? This is something that Angela Muvumba Sellström has studied in her doctoral dissertation "Stronger than Justice: Armed Group Impunity for Sexual Violence". The...


Democracy, War, security and conflict

Public participation in constitution building; an effective strategy for enhancing democracy?

Abrak Saati

Abrak Saati is a researcher at the Department of Political Science, Umeå University. This Development Dissertation Brief (DDB) is a summary of her dissertation "The Participation Myth: outcomes of participatory constitution building...


Public administration

Transformative Social Policy in Development? Demystifying Conditional Cash Transfers in Latin...

Johan Sandberg

Conditional cash transfers (CCTs) have been widely promoted for their ability to simultaneously pursue the twin objectives of short-term poverty alleviation through income support (i.e. cash transfers), and long-term poverty reduction...


Research, War, security and conflict

Aiding Science. An analysis of Swedish Research Aid Policy 1973 - 2008

Veronica Brodén Gyberg

Veronica Brodén Gryberg has in this report summarized her dissertation on the topic of Swedish research aid policy. The dissertation investigates how Swedish official aid policy constructed the role of research for development in...



Institutional Impediments and Reluctant Actors - The Limited Role of Democracy Aid in Democratic...

Agnes Cornell

This Development Dissertation Brief (DDB) summarizes Agnes Cornell’s dissertation Institutional Impediments and Reluctant Actors - The Limited Role of Democracy Aid in Democratic Development. The dissertation examines why and under what...