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In Denmark, taxation is a binding link between the state and us as citizens, and it forms the foundation of our welfare state. In countries in the Global South, this is not necessarily the case. Here, the incidence of taxation is limited and its contributions to total revenue are often limited. Though taxation is sometimes politicised, it is rare to see political discussions about the vision for countries’ fiscal constitution and redistribution, linking taxation with public policy and welfare state development. In my research, I take a grounded, empirical approach to exploring the role of taxation in state-society relations, redistribution, welfare state development and accountable governance.

My strongest competencies lie with qualitative research and I draw extensively on social anthropology in my approach to political science research. I have extensive experience in conducting case studies, process-tracing and ethnographic research, based on interviews, fieldwork and written data sources, and within both positivist and interpretivist methodologies. 

I currently work on the JUST SOCIETY-project which aims to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 'Peace, Jutice and Strong Institutions' by exploring theoretically and empirically the role of public institutions in ensuring access to social justice. The JUST SOCIETY-project will develop and implement targeted, research-based courses on access to social welfare and justice in parallel with conducting research within this scope.

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science, PhD, When the fiscal social contract is not about tax: Understanding the limited role of taxation in social accountability in Senegal, Aarhus University

1. Feb 201615. Aug 2019

Award Date: 8. Nov 2019

Research areas

  • Welfare State
  • States Developement
  • Democracy and Power
  • Citizenship and Society
  • Democracy Notion
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Comparative Methods
  • Interview

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