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Malin Nystrand


Malin Nystrand
+46 31 786 5928

Postal Address: Global hälsa och folkhälsa, Avdelningen för samhällsmedicin och folkhälsa, Box 463, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Medicinaregatan 18A , 41390 Göteborg

Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Institute of Medicine (More Information)
Box 414
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Medicinaregatan 16 , 413 90 Göteborg

About Malin Nystrand

Malin is a Post-doctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. She is also affiliated post-doc at the Department of Social Science and Business, Roskilde University, Denmark. 

She is currently working primarily on two research projects, one concerning local and global norms around the social responsibility of business, and one concerning the relation between investors and smallholders in large-scale agricultural investments. The empirical focus of both projects is Uganda.

In addition to a PhD in Peace and Development Research she has a BA in Business Administration and Economics and an MA in Economics, based on studies at Linköping University, University of East Anglia (UK) and University of Gothenburg.

Areas of interest

Malin's areas of research interest revolves around local business focusing on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), social responsibility, investments in land and land conflicts, informal social safety nets, small business owners' role in reconstruction after war, corruption, the relation between the political and the economic spheres, critical perspectives on the development discourse, etc. She is particularly interested in local empirical perspectives and how these can contribute to conceptual and theoretical development. Empirically her research focuses on Uganda.

Current research

Malin is currently working on two externally funded research projects:

- “Conflicting global-local norms in taking responsibility: A study of business owners in Uganda”. A 6 months post-doc project funded by Adlerbertska stiftelsen, placed at Gothenburg Research Institute at the School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg (gri.gu.se). The study focuses on how Ugandan business owners’ view of social responsibility relates to the global discourse of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

- “Degrees of contestation - relations between smallholders and investors in large-scale agricultural investments”. A 3 year post-doc project funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), placed both at the School of Global Studies at University of Gothenburg and at Roskilde University in Denmark. The purpose of the research project is to analyse the diversity of reactions among smallholders to large-scale agricultural investments by domestic investors. Focus will be on cases involving domestic investors instead of the more common focus on external investors. The degree of smallholders' contestation of these investments will explored in relation to two factors: 1) the terms of inclusion of smallholders in the land deal, 2) the relations between the smallholders, investors and political/state power holders. The study is conducted in close collaboration with the larger research programme “Hierarchies of Rights” at the Institute for Society and Globalization at Roskilde University in Denmark.The project has so far resulted in a publication of an analytical framework for political economy anlysis of investments in land and natural resources (Buur, Nystrand and Pedersen, 2017, see below).

The PhD dissertation, which was defended in June 2015, was a study of social responsibility of local business owners in Uganda. This study has also led to spin-off studies on the following themes: the role of local business owners in reconstruction after war; corruption; informal and formal welfare systems. Several of these research themes are continously pursued.

One spin-off is a blog post about being cheated by relatives, published in January 2016 on the web page of the Review of African Political Economy (http://roape.net/2016/01/04/being-cheated-by-family/).

Teaching and tutoring

Malin has been teaching regularly since 2005, primarily within Global Studies and Global Development Studies at School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.

Malin has been course director and regular teacher within the following courses at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg:

  • Global development studies, basic course ‘Poverty, Resources and Redistribution’
  • Global studies, course: ‘Project Management and Evaluation’
  • Africa studies, course: ‘Economic conditions and international development cooperation in Africa’
  • Supervision of Bachelor and Master Theses within Global Studies

Furthermore, she has been teaching social science research methods, evaluation methods, welfare economics and related themes at other departments and universities in Sweden.

During the autumn semester 2017 she is giving a course in 'Economic Development in Africa' within the Master programme in African Studies, Centre for African Studies, Copenhagen University, Denmark.


Malin has worked for several years with studies and evaluations within international development cooperation, partly in parallell to the PhD education and teaching.

Latest publications

Social service provision and social security in Uganda: entrenced inequality under a neoliberal regime
Malin Nystrand, Gordon Tamm
Wiegratz Jörg, Martiniello, Guiliano and Greco, Elisa (eds), Uganda: The Dynamics of Neoliberal Transformation, London, Zed Books, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

The Political Economy of Land and Natural Resource Investments in Africa: An Analytical Framework
Lars Buur, Malin Nystrand, Rasmus Hundsbaek Pedersen
Copenhagen , DIIS - Danish Institute for International Studies, Working paper 2017
Working paper

Being Cheated by Family
Malin Nystrand
ROAPE Online (Review of African Political Economy Online), Magazine article 2016
Magazine article

Social entrepreneurship and post conflict recovery in Uganda
A. Sserwanga, R. I. Kiconco, Malin Nystrand, R. Mindra
Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., Journal article 2014
Journal article

The Social and the Economic in Business Practice in Uganda – Employment of Relatives
Malin Nystrand
4h European Conference on African Studies, Uppsala, Sweden, June 2011, Conference paper 2011
Conference paper

”So basically it has been bad” – challenges and opportunities for local business in war and reconstruction in Gulu, Uganda
Malin Nystrand
Peace Conflict Development Research Network (PCDRNET) Biannual Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, May 2011, Conference paper 2011
Conference paper

The Social and Economic in Business Practice in Uganda
Malin Nystrand
2nd International CIRIEC Research Conference on the Social Economy, Östersund, Sweden, October 2009, Conference contribution 2009
Conference contribution

Ugandan Regional Trade Networks - an Empirical Perspective
Malin Nystrand
Markets for Peace Workshop 3: Conceptualising Market and Political Agencies, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2008, Conference contribution 2008
Conference contribution

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Trade Networks - Conducive to Development?
Malin Nystrand
The International Conference on The Great Lakes Region: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities, Kigali, Rwanda, March 2008, Conference contribution 2008
Conference contribution


Moral Economy - an Informal Institution in Business Practice in Uganda
Malin Nystrand
The Annual Conference of the Norweigian Association for Development Research, Bergen, Norway, November 2007, Conference contribution 2007
Conference contribution

Moral Economy and Business Owners in Uganda
Malin Nystrand
Second European Conference on African Studies, Leiden, Holland, July 2007, Conference contribution 2007
Conference contribution



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