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Dr. (sylvia I.) S.i. Bergh

Associate Professor
Development Management and Governance
Erasmus University Rotterdam


Sylvia I. Bergh (a Swedish national) is Associate Professor in development management and governance at the ISS. She completed her D.Phil. thesis in Development Studies at the University of Oxford in 2008, focusing on decentralisation and local governance in Morocco. Previously, she worked at the World Bank, both in the President's Office in Washington D.C. and in the Morocco Country Office. Her academic background includes a strong focus on the Middle East/North Africa region; having gained a First Class degree in Arabic and International Relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 1999, she obtained an M.Phil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford in 2001. She has extensive consultancy experience, including for UNIFEM (evaluating the Gender Responsive Budgeting Program in Morocco) and Dutch NGOs (on democracy promotion in Morocco). Sylvia is currently working on an NWO-ICSSR financed research project on 'Service with Accountability: Examining public service characteristics in differing political regimes'. She is in particular focusing on social accountability initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa region, including projects using the Community Score Card methodology in Morocco. Areas of Interest: Decentralisation and local governance, capacity building and institutional sustainability, participatory approaches to rural development, natural resources management and collective action (water governance in particular), project implementation and evaluation, donor policies and aid harmonisation, migration and developmental impact of remittances. Geographical focus: Morocco, Middle East and North Africa region, Uganda, Suriname, Georgia

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Development Management and Governance


  • S.I. Bergh & D. Rossi-Doria (2015). Plus ça Change? Observing the Dynamics of Morocco's ‘Arab Spring’ in the High Atlas. Mediterranean Politics, 20 (2), 198-216. doi:

  • C.L.A. Willemse & S.I. Bergh (2016). Struggles over access to the Muslim public sphere: Multiple publics and discourses on agency, belonging and citizenship (Introduction to the Themed Section). Contemporary Islam, 10 (3, Themed Issue: Struggles over access to the Muslim public sphere), 297-309. doi:[go to publisher's site]

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