Julia Hartelius will be a guest researcher at the School of Global Studies during 2022. With a professional background in human rights, sustainability and governance, her current studies focuses on the impact of evidence-based practice on local agency in the context of international aid.
Tell us a little about yourself?
"I am returning to my home town of Gothenburg after living in different parts of the world for the last 10 years. During these years, I have been working for different international humanitarian and development agencies, mainly for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and mainly in the Asia Pacific. Recently, my work has focused on increasing environmental sustainability and accountability within humanitarian action, but my work experience has also included human rights in disaster risk management and governance. I have a Master's in Human Rights from Uppsala University, which has shaped how I have approached humanitarian action and development in my work. Since 2019 – with a break to have my daughter – I have been a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. In my study, I am looking at the impact of evidence-based practice on local agency in the context of international aid."
What is your area of expertise?
"My professional background has focused on human rights, sustainability and governance. My academic interests center around the use(fulness) of evidence in international aid, with particular interest in power and knowledge and the decolonisation of aid."
What will you be working on during your time here at the School of Global Studies?
"I will be collaborating with Fredrik Söderbaum and Kilian Spandler on TRANSFORM: Regional Cooperation and the Transformation of National Sovereignty. I also look forward to the opportunity of engaging with other research activities at the department that align with my area of study."