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Alf Gunvald Nilsen

Associate Professor of Development Studies, University of Agder

I am an associate professor of development studies at the Department of Global Development and Planning at the University of Agder. I research social movements and the political economy of development and democracy in the global South - with a specific focus on India and the BRICS countries. I am also interested in the political economy of capitalist development and the politics of radical popular movements in the world-system more generally. I hold a PhD in sociology from the University of Bergen (2006).


  • 2019–present
    Prof, University of Pretoria
  • 2017–2018
    Prof, University of Agder
  • 2012–2016
    Prof , University of Bergen
  • 2009–2012
    Postdoc, University of Bergen
  • 2007–2009
    RCUK Fellow, University of Nottingham

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Associate Professor of Development Studies
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation