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Tobias Hagmann

ph.d. & cand.polit.

  • Universitetsvej 1, 23.1

    DK-4000 Roskilde

    Denmark

20052019
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Personal profile

Research

I'm a Swiss political scientist with a broad interest in comparative politics and international development. I follow and contribute to academic and policy debates on the political sociology of the state, the causes and consequences of violent conflict and natural resource management in the global South. Since 1998 my research has concentrated on the Horn of Africa - particularly Ethiopia and the Somali territories - whose dynamism and complexities continue to intrigue me. I work predominantly with qualitative research methods and enjoy interdisciplinary collaborations.

I coordinate a four year research programme entitled 'Governing economic hubs and flows in Somali East Africa' (GOVSEA) that studies the nexus between everyday economic activities and state formation dynamics across the Somali territories, see GOVSEA website.

I am also a fellow at the Rift Valley Institute in London/Nairobi and a research associate at the University of Zürich's Political Geography chair.

Research interests

State failure and formation, theories of the state, armed conflict, peacebuilding, natural resource management, development policy, social theory, East Africa.

Academic positions

Associate Professor, Department of Business and Social Sciences, Roskilde University (since 2012).
Visiting scholar, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley (2011-2012).
Public policy scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC (2010).
Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Zürich (2007-2010).
Instructor, Department of Social Sciences, University of Basel (2006-2007).
Visiting researcher (non-resident), Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa (2003-2005).
Researcher, Swiss Peace Foundation, Bern (2002-2007).

Complete CV and publication list

www.tobiashagmann.net

Books

Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa: Development without Democracy, London, Zed Books, 2016 (edited with Filip Reyntjens).

Reconfiguring Ethiopia: The Politics of Authoritarian Reform, Abdington, Routledge, 2013 (edited with Jon Abbink).

Contested Power in Ethiopia: Traditional Authorities and Multi-Party Elections, Leiden & Boston, Brill, 2012 (edited with Kjetil Tronvoll).

Negotiating Statehood: Dynamics of Power and Domination in Africa, Oxford & Malden, MA, Wiley Blackwell, 2011 (edited with Didier Péclard).

Publication network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2005 2019

Abiy Ahmed Won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now He Needs to Earn It.

Hagmann, T. & Tronvoll, K., 17 Oct 2019, In : International New York Times.

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Politics of circulation: The makings of the Berbera corridor in Somali East Africa

Hagmann, T. & Stepputat, F., Sep 2019, In : Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 37, 5, p. 794–813

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Ending impunity: Fostering redress and accountability in Somalia

Hagmann, T. & Said, M. M., 2018, War and Peace in Somalia: National Grievances, Local Conflict and Al-Shabaab. Keating, M. & Waldman, M. (eds.). London: Hurst Publishers, p. 71-82 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

Speaking truth to African power

Hagmann, T., Oct 2017, A Conflict Sensitive Approach to Field Research: Doing Any Better?. 5 ed. Bern: Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 12. p. 19-21 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

Open Access
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The Commodification of African Politics: Book review of Alex de Waal (2015) 'The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa' ISBN: 9780745695587

Hagmann, T., 15 Dec 2017, In : Africa Review of Books. 13, 2, p. 7-9 3 p.

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Press / Media

Three bits of advice for blockchain advocates who think they understand aid

Tobias Hagmann & Adam Moe Fejerskov

07/03/2018

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Tre råd hvis du gerne vil ’hacke’ udviklingssamarbejdet

Tobias Hagmann & Adam Moe Fejerskov

16/12/2017

1 Media contribution

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Tre råd hvis du gerne vil ’hacke’ udviklingssamarbejdet

Tobias Hagmann

16/12/2017

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Hvis man vil arbejde i Etiopien, skal man ikke tale om menneskerettigheder

Tobias Hagmann

13/02/2017

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Etiopien: Journalister løber spidsrod med store personlige omkostninger

Tobias Hagmann

01/09/2013

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