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Stina Hansson

About Stina Hansson

Stina Hansson is a PhD candidate in Peace and Development Research. She started her research education in 2006 and holds previously a master in economic history and a bachelor in political science from Stockholm University. During her year as a PhD candidate she has been a visiting scholar at the Institute for Africa Studies, Columbia University, USA.

Areas of interestAreas of interest are water politics, governance of public services, African states under construction/at work, development cooperation/intervention, postcolonial theory, governmentality, power and agency.

Dissertation in progressThe thesis Who Brings the Water? Negotiating state responsibility in water sector reform in Niger deals with the possibility of water politics in a context of high dependency on aid. Analysing narrative interviews with Nigerien state agents in the water sector it asks how they concieve of and rationalize the role and responsibilities of the state in water services provision as a consequence of new mechanisms of development cooperation, such as the implementation of the programme approach, decentralisation and privatisation. Stina Hansson is also engaged in a methodology project, together with Maria Stern and Sofie Hellberg, which deals with how we methodologically can approach the agency of being governed. It deals with questions such as how we can understand and apply the concepts of agency of freedom from governmentality and biopolitics perspectives and how we can do so in methodologically rigorous ways.

In 2012 Stina Hansson will start working in two ongoing projects;

  1. Stemming Violence against Civilians? Effective External Security Sector Reform in Conflict/Post-Conflict Settings - the case of the DRC Together with Maria Stern, Maria Eriksson Baaz and Fredrik Söderbaum  
  2. Changing Parameters for Hydropolitics in Light of Global Climate Change: The Governance of Transboundary Waters to meet the Water Crisis Together with Ashok Swain Uppsala University, Anders Jägerskog SIWI and Joakim Öjendal SGS.

Teaching and tutoringStina Hansson teaches and administers a course in Global Development Studies, and teaches in courses on International Relations, Africa Studies and Resistance Studies, as well as at Folkhälsovetenskap at Karolinska Institutet. Her teaching is focused on postcolonial theory, discourse analysis and natural resources governance.