I am a political scientist and cultural anthropologist. My research interests include international relations, foreign policy, security, political power, climate change, identity, discourses, practices, small and Pacific Island states.
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My research investigates the political economy of governance and environmental management in developing countries. One main strand of my research addresses the ways that foreign donors can support better environmental management in the countries where they work. My book Giving Aid Effectively examines when and why member states and civil society groups can make the multilateral development banks, which manage approximately half of all international development finance, responsive to their environmental performance. Other recent projects investigate when foreign aid catalyzes private sector investment in emerging technologies, when externally-financed institution building persists over time, and how remotely sensed data can be used as part of geospatial impact evaluation to improve the evidence behind environment and development interventions.
Another main strand of my research investigates experimentally the effects of transparency on governance and political accountability. I am currently leading or co-leading several field experiments that investigate when information about the programmatic performance of politicians changes vote choice, whether citizen-sourced data on public services improves the governance of urban public services, how transparency encourages citizens to seek accountability from governments, why national-level transparency rating programs affect the actions of local governments in authoritarian contexts. All of these field experiments are designed and implemented as part of strong partnerships with implementing agencies around the world.
Current research is in the area of global environmental politics; governance and political structures at the local level through to the level of international organisations that include the United Nations and the World Bank; the participation of indigenous peoples in global governance; and the role of the indigenous peoples of Ecuador in environmental protection based on fieldwork conducted in 2016. Ongoing primary research in New York with participants from Ecuadorian indigenous communities, environmental lawyers and Corporate Social Responsibility institutions.
Introducing the Resilience Action Plans Project by Kakia Chatsiou, Senior Research Officer, Dept. of Government, University of Essex Across the policy world and a variety of disciplines, the concept of resilience is a buzz-word that has become so ubiquitous as to be almost meaningless. Political scientists rarely grapple with conceptualizing or measuring resilience, despite [...]
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) United Kingdom Academic Discipline: Political Science Interests Keywords: political economy; global governance and organizations; environmental policy; international crises About me: Sustainable Development Goals: Affordable and Clean Energy, Climate Action I am interested in the following geographical area(s): Europe, Western Hemisphere Components of the GCRF I am interested in: Projects on comparative politics [...]
I hold a PhD in public international law and political science from the school of law of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The theme of the thesis is human security within the framework of collective security and the use of force. I am currently a post- doc researcher in international law at the University of Macedonia and member of the International Laboratory for International Studies in the Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean, which is located at the school of Economics and Political Science of Aristotle University. Apart from public international law I have studied at the postgraduate level, public law, focusing on migrants’ rights and political philosophy and I have conducted my Mphil at international terrorism. I have presented papers in international conferences and I have publications in international journals. I am a lawyer, focusing on human and refugee rights. I am also a columnist and politically active in Greece. I am currently working on issues related to Artificial Intelligence.
My research was inspired by the wide concern about the security implications of climate change. I especially pay attention to the mechanism under which climate variability might exacerbate different types of intrastate conflicts, including non-violent and violent conflicts. In addition, I am also interested in how information-driven coordinating collective phenomena unfold with security threats in place. Specifically, I will focus on the signal processing between political elites and mass public to identify the relationship between information signal processing and the diffusion of conflicts in space and time. Individuals do not form opinions, beliefs, and actions in an isolated environment but are exposed to social influence through social networks and physical, ideological, cultural, or emotional proximity to others.
I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the Department of Government, University of Essex. I specialize in Methodology and Political Economy and I have a strong interest in the Political Economy of Natural Disasters.
I study the political economy of disasters and international development. I live in the UK and focus much of my current work on evaluating development programs locally and in Sub-Saharan Africa. I examine programs designed to build resilience and adapt to climate change, as well as social programs aimed at improving the lives of underserved populations (isolated persons, single mothers, victims of domestic abuse, homeless), and their effects on community resilience, political trust, public opinion, and more.