Post Doctoral Research Associate, Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC)
Dr Nicole Beardsworth is a postdoctoral researcher at the IGDC. Nicole holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Warwick, an MA in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand and an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford. Her PhD research focused on opposition parties and electoral coordination in Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Her broader research is on the history and politics of sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on political parties, governance, democratisation and elections in Southern and Eastern Africa.
In December 2018, Nicole was awarded a 12-month, £30 000 project grant by the AHRC-funded Global Research Network on Parliaments and People. Titled “Democratisation and Ethno-Federalism in Ethiopia: shifting relationships between youths and parliaments at state and federal level,” this project commences in February 2019. With Co-Investigator Professor Assefa Fiseha (University of Addis Ababa) and three research assistants, this project will use innovative ethnographic video methods to foster conversations between youths and parliamentarians on the efficacy of the country’s representative institutions, and how to ensure they are more inclusive and representative of young people.
It will build on existing literature on Ethiopia’s ethno-federal political system and contribute to broader theory on bottom-up pressures for change and youth participation in reform and democratisation in developing countries.
She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org