Ellen Lust is the Founding Director of the Programs on Governance and Local Development at Yale University and at the University of Gothenburg, and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. She also serves as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy in Washington, DC. She received her M.A. in Modern Middle East and North African Studies and PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and has conducted fieldwork and implemented surveys in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia. She was a co-founder of the Transitional Governance Project and a founding associate editor of Middle East Law and Governance and currently chairs its board of directors. In collaboration with Hana Brixi and Michael Woolcock of the World Bank, she published Trust, Voice and Incentives: Learning from Local Successes in Service Delivery in the Middle East and North Africa (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2015). Her currently research is aimed at developing local governance indicators and examining the role of social institutions in good governance. See more at and .
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