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Jewellord Nem Singh

Assistant Professor

Dr. J.T. Nem Singh
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Jewellord (Jojo) Nem Singh is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University.

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Jewellord (Jojo) Nem Singh is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. Before coming to Leiden, Jojo received two competitive research fellowships funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2017 and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2016 to conduct research on resource politics, poverty reduction, and state capacity in Asia, Latin America, and Southern Africa. He was based at the Otto-Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany and the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo, Japan. He likewise held a tenure-track post as Lecturer in International Development at the University of Sheffield, UK between 2013 and 2016. Jojo studied Political Science at Sheffield (PhD), Lund (Masters), and University of the Philippines (BA).

He served as Expert Consultant to the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development (UNRISD) for the project Mobilizing Revenues from Extractive Industries: Protecting and Promoting Children’s Rights and Well-being in Resource-rich countries. He was also a Consultant to UNDP Brussels and Publish What You Pay (PWYP) London.


His research focuses on three key areas: natural resource governance, state-building and institutional development, and democratization in the Global South. He is currently working on three projects: (1) a comparative study looking at state capacity for poverty reduction and the politics of inclusive growth in four resource-rich countries; (2) the historical legacies of authoritarian rule in contemporary Latin America and East Asia (with Jean Grugel); and (3) the political economy of corruption, rent-seeking and taxation in Brazil to examine how pockets of state efficiency emerge at the sub-national levels.

His main publications include: (1) a forthcoming monograph entitled Building Developmental Capacity: State-owned Enterprises and Natural Resources in Latin America, which examines the role of extractive SOEs in the development process from a historical institutionalist perspective; (2) a special issue on Developmental States beyond East Asia, which is published as the flagship 40th anniversary issue of Third World Quarterly (2018); and a forthcoming special issue on The Impact of Global Regulatory Norms on Domestic Resource Politics to be published in Environmental Policy and Governance.

Prior to these projects, Jojo was co-editor of Demanding Justice in the Global South: Claiming Rights and Resource Governance and Developmental States in the Global South: Critical International Political Economy Perspectives, plus book chapters and journal articles.


Jojo teaches general and specialised post-graduate and undergraduate modules on International Cooperation and Institutions, Introduction to International Development, Political Economy of Development and Democratisation, as well as Natural Resource-led Growth in the Global South.

Jojo welcomes and encourages PhD and MSc applications in line with and related to comparative politics of state-building and democratization, international and comparative political economy of development, and protest politics and social movements in the Global South.

Major research grants

  • International Co-Investigator, Who is Responsible for Local Development? A Political Geography of New Structuralism in Export Communities, Fondecyt Regular 2016, Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, Chile (US$ 187,000), 2016-2019.
  • Global Learning Initiative (GLI) Programme, University of Sheffield, Participation to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference, Lima, Peru, February 23-25, 2016 (US$ 14,506), 2016.
  • Principal Investigator, Building Effective States: Natural Resource Exploitation and Environmental Management in Southeast Asia, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Award US$ 10,054), 2014-2015.
  • Co-investigator, Interdisciplinary Exchanges: Natural Resource Management in the 21st Century, Economic and Social Research Council (ESCR) Research Seminar Series, led by University of Sheffield (US$ 35,026), 2013-2015.
  • Co-investigator, World Universities Network (WUN) Research Development Fund, Developing Compatible Energy and Climate Strategies, with University of Bergen, Norway (US$ 11,604), 2014-2015.
  • British International Studies Association (BISA) Workshop Grant (only one award in 2013), May 23-24, Sheffield, UK (US$ 4,917), 2013.
  • PSA Development Politics Group Workshop Grant, Demanding Citizenship in the Global South, co-funded by the WUN Transformative Justice Network, September (US$ 4,351), 2012.

Awards and Fellowships

  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers (US$ 80,000), 2017.
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) International Research Fellowship for North American and European Scholars (US$ 45,000), 2016.
  • SIID-ESRC Fellow, sponsored by the Sheffield Institute for International Development and the Economic and Social Research Council, participant in the Regional Consultations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Latin America, Quito, Ecuador, April 21-25, 2015.
  • World Social Science Fellow, sponsored by the International Social Science Council, participant in the Seminar on Global Social Governance, London, UK, July 28-August 3, 2014.
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), University of Sheffield, 3-year funding declined for a permanent post on International Development (US$ 100,000), 2012.
  • Sole Recipient, Overseas Research Scheme (ORS) and University of Sheffield Studentship for PhD studies which covered tuition fees and living expenses, 2008-2011 (US$ 130,000), 2008.

Curriculum vitae Jewellord Nem Singh

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Politieke Wetenschap

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 5B57



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