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dr. Sylvia I. Bergh

dr. Sylvia I. Bergh

States, Societies and World Development (SG2)

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Erasmus University Rotterdam

 

Senior Lecturer

 

T: +31 70 4260769

E: bergh@remove-this.iss.nl

Room: 3.16

Personal website: http://www.iss.nl/cvBergh


 

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Professional experience

Senior Lecturer
University Erasmus University Rotterdam
School International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Department States, Societies and World Development (SG2)
   

Research

Sylvia I. Bergh (a Swedish national) is senior lecturer (assistant 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).

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

ISS: Individual Research SGII
Role Researcher
 

Publications

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  • Bergh, S. & Tandian, A. (2013). From Temporary Work in Agriculture to Irregular Status in Domestic Service: The Transition and Experiences of Senegalese Migrant Women in Spain. In T Truong, D. Gasper, J. Handmaker & S. Bergh (Eds.), Migration, Gender and Social Justice: Perspectives on Human Security (pp. 47-67). Berlin: Springer.
  • Bergh, S. (2012). Governance Reforms in Morocco - Beyond Electoral Authoritarianism? In A. Kadhim (Ed.), Governance in the Middle East and North Africa: A Handbook. London: Routledge.
  • Bergh, S. (2010). Morocco case study. In A. van de Pas, S. Rottenberg & K. Hassan (Eds.), Beyond Orthodox Approaches: Assessing Opportunities for Democracy Support in the Middle East and North Africa (pp. 17-27). The Hague: NIMD / Hivos.
  • Bergh, S. (2008). Middle East and North Africa Region: Case Study Morocco. In Globalisation and economic success: policy lessons for developing countries (pp. 356-392). Johannesburg: The Brenthurst Foundation, E. Oppenheimer & Son.
  • Truong, T., Gasper, D., Handmaker, J.D. & Bergh, S. (Eds.). (2014). Migration, Gender and Social Justice: Perspectives on Human Insecurity. (Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, 9). Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Bergh, S. (Ed.). (2013). The Redeployment of State Power in the Southern Mediterranean: Implications of Neoliberal Reforms for Local Governance (A special issue of Mediterranean Politics). London and New York: Routledge.
  • Bergh, S. (2013). Empowered Participation or Political Manipulation? State, Civil Society and Social Funds in Egypt and Bolivia by Rabab El-Mahdi [Bespreking van het boek Empowered Participation or Political Manipulation? State, Civil Society and Social Funds in Egypt and Bolivia by Rabab El-Mahdi]. Development in Practice, 23(1), 152-153.
  • Bergh, S. (2011). Sue Kenny and Matthew Clarke (eds.) (2010): Challenging Capacity Building: Comparative Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan [Bespreking van het boek Sue Kenny and Matthew Clarke (eds.) (2010): Challenging Capacity Building: Comparative Perspectives.]. Development in Practice, 21(3), 445-446.
  • Bergh, S. (2011). Anne-Meike Fechter and Heather Hindman (eds): Inside the Everyday Lives of Development Workers. The Challenges and Futures of Aidland [Bespreking van het boek Inside the Everyday Lives of Development Workers. The Challenges and Futures of Aidland]. Voluntas, 23(2), 532-534.
  • Bergh, S. (2011). J. Pearce (ed.) (2010), Participation and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century City [Bespreking van het boek J. Pearce (ed.) (2010), Participation and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century City]. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 22(3), 550-551.
  • Bergh, S. (2010). Sue Kenny and Matthew Clarke (eds.) Challenging Capacity Building: Comparative Perspectives [Bespreking van het boek Challenging Capacity Building: Comparative Perspectives]. Development in Practice, 21(3), 445-446.
  • Bergh, S. (2010). Sadhvi Dar and Bill Cooke (eds), The New Development Management: Critiquing the Dual Modernization. [Bespreking van het boek The New Development Management: Critiquing the Dual Modernization]. Development and Change, 41(1), 179-180.
  • Bergh, S. (2010). Book review of ''Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity'' ed. by Singerman, D [Bespreking van het boek Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity]. Review of Middle East Studies, 44(2), 258-259.
  • Bergh, S. (2010). Roland Brake and Ulrich Deller (eds): Community Development - A European Challenge. [Bespreking van het boek Community Development - A European Challenge]. Voluntas, 21(4), 631-632.
  • Bergh, S. (2010). Jenny Pearce (ed.): Participation and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century City. [Bespreking van het boek Participation and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century City]. Voluntas, 22(3), 550-551.
  • Bergh, S. (2009). Andrea Liverani, Civil Society in Algeria: The Political Functions of Associational Life. [Bespreking van het boek Civil Society in Algeria: The Political Functions of Associational Life]. Voluntas, 20(3), 316-317.
  • Bergh, S. (2009). Duncan Green, From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World. [Bespreking van het boek From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World]. Development and Change, 40(4), 806-807.
  • Bergh, S. (2008). Book Review of "Political Life in Cairo's New Quarters: Encountering the Everyday State" by S. Ismail. [Bespreking van het boek Political Life in Cairo's New Quarters: Encountering the Everyday State (S. Ismail (2006 ed.. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press; review available at : http://wings.buffalo.edu/ARD/cgi/showme.cgi?keycode=3034)]. Anthropology Review Database.
  • Bergh, S. (2008). Book Review of Africa and Development Challenges in the New Millennium: The NEPAD Debate (By J.O. Adesina Y. Graham, and A. Olukoshi (eds.) (2006). London and New York: Zed Books, Pretoria: UNISA Press, in association with CODESRIA, Dakar) [Bespreking van het boek Africa and Development Challenges in the New Millennium: The NEPAD Debate (By J.O. Adesina Y. Graham, and A. Olukoshi (eds.) (2006). London and New York: Zed Books, Pretoria: UNISA]. Journal of International Development, 20(3), 403-404.
  • Bergh, S. (2007). Book Review of "The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations" by D. Lewis [Bespreking van het boek The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations; 2nd ed.]. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 18(3), 308-309.
  • Bergh, S. (2004). Book Review of "Managing and Measuring Social Enterprises" by R. Paton (ed.) [Bespreking van het boek Managing and Measuring Social Enterprises]. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 15(2), 213-214.
  • Bergh, S. (2004). Book Review of "A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe" (B M. Garc Arenal and G. Wiegers eds., Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) [Bespreking van het boek Book Review of "A Man of Three Worlds: Samuel Pallache, a Moroccan Jew in Catholic and Protestant Europe" (B M. Garc¿Arenal and G. Wiegers eds., Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003)]. Canadian Journal of History, 39, 118-120.
  • Bergh, S. (Ed.). (2012). Mediterranean Politics, 17(3).
  • Bergh, S. (). Video review of ''Water First: Reaching the Millennium Development Goals'' / Amy Hart (2008). Retrieved Sep 09, 2010, from http://wings.buffalo.edu/ARD/cgi/showme.cgi?keycode=3361
  • Bergh, S. (2006 oktober 03). Alice Cherki. Frantz Fanon: A Portrait (Book review).. Retrieved Dec 01, 2011, from http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=12424
  • Bergh, S. & Jari, M. (2010). Local Governance in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Bergh, S. (2009). The 2009 Municipal Elections in Morocco: Some observations on the interplay between formal and informal institutions in a rural area. Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting 2009: Boston (2009, november 24).
  • Bergh, S. (2009). Participation and decentralisation in the World Bank¿s `Good Governance¿ Agenda ¿ some unintended consequences for local governance in Morocco. 5th (Post-) Doctoral Workshop on the World Bank: Washington DC (2009, april 27).
  • Bergh, S. (2009). Local Co-Governance Innovations in Morocco and Brazil - some Insights from a Comparative Analysis. Presented at the workshop entitled ‘Spaces for Change? Decentralization, participation, and local governance in MENA’, held at the Tenth Mediterranean Research Meeting: Florence, Italy (2009, maart 25 - 2009, maart 28).
  • Bergh, S. (2008). Policy Incoherence in the 'Good Governance' Agenda: the Case of Decentralisation and Community-based Development in Morocco. 12th EADI General Conference on ''Global Governance for Sustainable Development: The need for Policy Coherence and new Partnerships": Geneva (2008, juni 24 - 2008, juni 28).
  • Bergh, S. (2008). The emergence of hybrid political orders as a result of government and donor policies – The case of ''civil'' and ''political'' societies in rural Morocco. Global Conference of the International Peace Research Organization (IPRA): Leuven, Belgium (2008, juli 15 - 2008, juli 19).
  • Bergh, S. (2008). Assessing the scope for partnerships between local governments and civil society: lessons from Morocco (Paper presented at the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA) Annual Conference on Innovation in the Public Sector, as part of the panel organized by the EGPA Study Group on Local Governance and Democracy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, September 3-6 2008; Paper available at: http://www.eur.nl/fileadmin/ASSETS/fsw/Tufan/EGPA2008/Papers/PSG4/Bergh.pdf).
  • Bergh, S. (2008). What are the conditions for Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) at the local level in rural Morocco? (Paper presented at the International Conference on Decentralization, Local Power and Womens Rights: Global trends in participation, representation and access to public services, organized by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Mexico City, 18-21 November 2008).
  • Bergh, S. (2008). Invited to contribute a session entitled 'Decentralisation et approches participatives au Maroc: quelles implications pour la gouvernance locale?' to the course 88/06 'Decentralisation rurale et gouvernance locale', organised by Wageningen International and The Royal Tropical Institute, Wageningen (NL), 12 September 2008).
  • Bergh, S. (2008). Decentralisation reforms and participatory approaches to rural development: Implications for local governance in Morocco' (Paper presented at the School of Economics, University of Nottingham, Development Economics Seminar, 21 May 2008).
  • Bergh, S. (2008). Decentralisation reforms and participatory approaches to rural development: Implications for local governance in Morocco (Paper presented at ISS Development Research Seminar, 27 February 2008).
  • Bergh, S. (2008). Can there be a developmental state in Morocco? Finding the right balance between autonomy and embeddedness (Paper presented at the 58th Political Studies Association Annual Conference on Democracy, Governance and Conflict: Dilemmas of Theory and Practice, Swansea University, UK, 1 - 3 April 2008; Paper available at: http://www.psa.ac.uk/2008/pps/Bergh.pdf). 58th Political Studies Association Annual Conference on Democracy, Governance and Conflict: Dilemmas of Theory and Practice: .
  • Bergh, S. (2007). Assessing the potential for synergies between decentralization and participatory development projects: the case of Morocco (Paper presented at the conference on "Making Institutions Work for the Poor? Annual Conference of the Norwegian Association for Development Research" organised by Chr. Michelsen Institute and Norwegian Association for Development Research (NFU) Bergen, Norway on 5-7 November 2007).
  • Bergh, S. (2007). Overcoming Tensions in Local Development: the Scope for Synergies between Decentralization and Participatory Approaches in the Case of Morocco (Paper presented at the conference on "Development Dialogue 2007: Development and its Discontents" organised by Institute of Social Studies The Hague on 4 July 2007).
  • Bergh, S. (2007). Public administration capacity to implement 'participatory' development policy: Evidence from Morocco (Paper presented at the conference on "European Conference on African Studies: African Alternatives: Initiative and Creativity beyond Current Constraints organised by Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS) African Studies Centre Leiden on 11 - 14 July 2007).
  • Bergh, S. & Pellissery, S. (2006). Participation discourse as the bridge between individual freedom and group rights: Comparative experiences from development projects in India and North Africa. Paper presented at the 2006 International Conference of the Human Development and Capability Association: Groningen (2006, augustus 29 - 2006, september 01).
  • Bergh, S. (2006). Morocco Case Study (Paper on the Moroccan economy and implications for Africa). Conference "Globalisation and Economic Success: Policy Options for Africa" (invited and sponsored by the Brenthurst Foundation, South Africa): Cairo (2006, november 13 - 2006, november 14).
  • Bergh, S. (2006). Theory-Based Evaluation of Institutional Sustainability in “Participatory” Development Projects – A Case Study from Morocco. Paper presented at the EASY-ECO Conference on ''Improving the Quality of Sustainable Development Projects'': Saarbrücken (2006, oktober 12 - 2006, oktober 14).
  • Bergh, S. (2006). Conceptual Issues in Capacity Building: A Case Study on Local Government and Village Associations in Morocco. Paper presented at the 4th Development Dialogue at the Institute of Social Studies on "Capacity Building in Practice: Does It Really Matter for Development?'': The Hague (2006, juni 09).