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Associate researcher at the Department of political science

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This job opening is posted by the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD). The Department of Political Science is now searching for an associate researcher to join the GLD team for a placement of 11 months to work on the next steps of this project, largely centered around measurement validation.


26 September 2022.

Job description

The main assignment is to assist with the development and validation of the LGPI indicators. This includes among other things:

  • Working with raw data to compute the LGPI indicators.
  • Developing a plan for the validation of the LGPI indicators.
  • Performing extensive literature reviews to discover existing measures that can be used to validate the LGPI indicators.
  • Determining appropriate test cases for the LGPI indicators based on current literature.
  • Designing and performing analyses that compare the LGPI indicators to the existing measures.
  • Designing and performing analyses that demonstrate how the LGPI indicators perform in “typical” models
  • Assisting with the development of data dashboards (R ShinyApps) to display the LGPI indicators
  • Assisting with the development of research articles based on the LGPI indicators


Fixed-term employment, 11 months, full time, start date on or before January 1, 2023, as per agreement.

About GLD

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 56 000 students and 6 600 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.

The Department of Political Science has an open climate that encourages involvement in broader societal debates. Research areas of specialization include elections, democracy, corruption, governance, globalisation, environmental politics, and European studies. The Department hosts research programmes such as the QoG Institute, Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), Centre for Collective Action Research, (CeCAR), Governance and Local Development (GLD) and the Swedish National Election Studies Programme. We offer several degree programmes at undergraduate, Master’s, and doctoral level, as well as freestanding courses. Education is provided in both Swedish and English. We have a total of 1 400 students and a staff of about 160. The Department is centrally located in the city of Gothenburg.

The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) is directed by Professor Ellen Lust, and aims to explain variation in governance and local development in an effort to promote human welfare globally. Read more about the research program on our website at www.gld.gu.se.

GLD’s flagship project, the Local Governance Process Indicators (LGPI), seeks to provide a new approach to measuring, analyzing, and improving local governance. Currently GLD has developed a novel household survey and sampling scheme that produces data that is used to create local level indicators of Corruption, Transparency, Participation, Extraction, and Authority. By assessing governance and service delivery at the local level, the LGPI provides critical feedback to help government officials, political parties, civil society actors, the public, and the international development community in the process of decentralization.