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Anna Lührmann

Universitetslektor, biträdande

Sprängkullsgatan 19
41123 Göteborg
Box 711
40530 Göteborg

Om Anna Lührmann


Anna Lührmann is an Associate Professor at the University of Gothenburg (Docent) and the Deputy Director of the Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem). Prior to turning to academia, Anna was a Member of Parliament in the German National Parliament (2002- 2009) and later worked in Sudan for two years. She received her PhD in 2015 from Humboldt University (Berlin) with a thesis on United Nation’s electoral assistance. Anna Lührmann holds a M.A. degree in “Research Training in Social Sciences” from Humboldt University (Berlin), a M.Sc. degree in Gender and Peace Studies from Ahfad University (Sudan) and a B.A. in Political Sciences from FernUniversität Hagen (Germany). She served as a consultant for UNDP, the World Bank and others. Her research has been published among others in the American Political Science Review, Electoral Studies, Democratization and the Journal of Democracy.

Current research

Anna's current research focuses on how and why democracy is eroding in many countries across the world and what we can do to stop it. Furthermore, she leads V-Dem’s Pandemic Backsliding project, which investigates how government responses to Covid-19 affect democracy. She also contributes to the Failing and Successful Sequences of Democratization- Project.