Dr. Meike de Goede

Meike de Goede holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of St Andrews (UK). After completing her studies in African History at Leiden University and Peace and Conflict Studies & Human Rights at Utrecht University, Meike worked for several years in the development sector. She has worked in several African countries, including Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and the DRC, and collaborated with the Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa (NIZA), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), and the delegation of the European Union in Kinshasa. Before joining Leiden University as a university lecturer in 2013, she worked at Edinburgh University.

Meike de Goede has conducted research on the security sector, elections, democracy, and governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Her PhD research focused on the National Assembly in the DRC, as a case study of international state building practice as a hegemonic project that pursues a liberal agenda through illiberal means. Her thesis ‘Consuming Democracy. Local Agencies and Liberal Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo’ (2012) highlights hidden, everyday forms of resistance through which domestic agents of the liberal peace seek to divert the process of democratization in order for it to be responsive to their own aspirations.

Building on her PhD research, her current research is concerned with how recipient societies experience the interface between domestic actors and international interventions. She explores historic and present-day relations between Africans and the donor community, but also how these interactions influence and shape ideas about governance in African recipient societies. A specific theme of interest concerns the interface between technology, information and agency in Africa, with a specific interest in governance, development and technology/ ICTs.

Meike de Goede’s bibliography can be viewed here.


CTD publications by Meike de Goede:

Book chapters:

  • de Goede, M. & I. Ligtvoet (2018), ‘Fields of Insecurity: Responding to flows of information’ in: B. C. Browne & A-M Rivas (eds.), Experiences in Researching Conflict and Violence. Fieldwork Interrupted, Policy Press.


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