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Molly SundbergAssistant Professor, Director of Studies Global Development

About me

I am an assistant professor/senior associate lecturer in social anthropology at the Dept. of Social Anthropology.

I am also Director of Studies for the Bachelor’s Programme in Global Development.

Currently, I am pursuing a research project financed by the Swedish Research Council on for-profit aid and development contracting (2020-2024). 

My main research interests concern development, aid, governance, security and organization. I defended my PhD thesis in cultural anthropology at Uppsala University in 2014 on the topic of civic education and state-making in post-genocide Rwanda. After that I did a research project on  locally recruited development experts among foreign state agencies in Dar es Salaam Tanzania (2017-2020, funded by the Swedish Research Council). I have also undertaken resarch on student dropout and retention in higher education (2016-2017, together with Paul Agnidakis).

Before I began my PhD studies (2010-2014), I worked for Sida (Swedish International Development Agency) during four years, in Stockholm and Kigali (2007-2010).

During my time at Uppsala University, I was Coordinator of Forum for Africa Studies, a multidisciplinary center supporting Africa-oriented research, higher education, and inter-institutional collaborations within Uppsala University and between Uppsala University and universities in Sweden, Europe and Africa.

My teaching focuses on development studies, conflict studies, African studies and anthropological methods.

Research projects