PhD defence by Sabna Mohamed Abbass Ali

With her thesis on extractive industries and development
PhD student

Sabna Mohamed Abbass Ali

Friday 3 Dec 2021, 16:00 - 17:30
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Aula B and livestream
International Institute of Social Studies
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A limited number of people may attend this defence in-person.
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On 3 December, Sabna Mohamed Abbass Ali will defend her thesis 'Extractive industries and development: An investigation into the resource curse impact on happiness, growth, export diversification, and institutions'

In her study, she investigates the underperformance of the majority of resource-rich countries.

In four articles based on research in Sudan and South Sudan Sabna Ali probes into a new perspective on the 'resource curse', looking respectively at happiness and the resource curse; post-succession Sudan and South Sudan; oil, export diversification and economic growth in Sudan; and an evaluation of the impact of oil reserve loss on Sudan's growth.

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PhD defence Sabna Ali

Doctoral Board


Professor Inge Hutter

Doctoral dissertation supervisors

Professor Mansoob Murshed
Dr Elissaios Papyrakis

Members of the Full Doctoral Committee

Professor Thorvaldur Gylfason, University of Iceland
Professor Scott Gates, University of Oslo
Professor Rhys Jenkins, University of East Anglia
Dr Natascha Wagner, ISS
Dr Zemzem Shigute Shuka, ISS

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The ceremony will begin promptly at 16.00 hrs in the Auditorium of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.


Professors are invited to join the academic procession.

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