Non Violent Resistance and Societal Transformation in Somaliland and Puntland (PhD)

Led by Ebba Tellander
Jul 2017 - Jul 2020

​​​​​PhD project in the social sciences at the International Institute of Social Studies at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

The aim of this research project is to conduct a bottom up investigation of non violent resistence at transformative moments in Somaliland's and Puntland's recent history (1980 – present). It has a specific focus towards the day-to-day acts of common people when they challenge injustices and exclusion in oppressive settings during and after war. 

The project applies a holistic analysis of societal change that incorporates the deeper historical processes and its actors. The project is especially interested in unpacking the role of individuals, who constitute the everyday action of civic mobilization that cuts across societal sectors.

Supervisors: Research Professor Cindy Horst (PRIO) and Associate Professor Kees Biekart (International Institute of Social Studies, the Hauge). 

This is a PhD project that is part of the research project TRANSFORM. It is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. 

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