Research Staff

Lovise Aalen

Research Professor

Political scientist focusing on democracy, governance and women's employment and empowement in the Horn of Africa

Lovise Aalen, research professor at CMI,  has researched African politics for the last two decades (including several long term fieldworks), and has developed an extensive knowledge of the social, economic and political conditions of the wider Horn of Africa region in particular. Her work focuses on politics after war, decentralisation and federalism, the developmental state and women's empowerment in autocratic settings. Her PhD dissertation explored the Ethiopian ethnic based federal system (published by Brill, 2011). For her post doc, (including a visiting fellowship at the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford), she conducted research on the post war power sharing in Sudan and Ethiopia.  In 2015, she received the prestigious Young Research Talent grant from the Research Council of Norway (RCN). She is currently leading two research project funded by the NORGLOBAL programme at the RCN.