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Wondwosen Seide



Främsta forsknings- och undervisningsområden

  • Hydropolitics, particularly on the Nile River
  • Land and water
  • The politics of memory, remembering, forgetting and emotion

I believe that hydropolitical research nowadays has become dominated by state-and power-centered analysis, particularly by hydro-hegemony, geopolitics, legal and institutional approaches. My research aims to employ an innovative theoretical framework, which adopts the political psychology of emotion, international image and memory theories in examining the hydro-political relations of the Nile. The hydro-mentality analytical framework will primarily be drawn from the international relations, political psychology and memory theories, and applied to the hydropolitcal studies through an “interdisciplinary research.”  



Book Chapter

  • Wondwosen Michago Seide (2016) Lease the land, but use the water: The case of Gambella, Ethiopia” In Emil Sandström, Anders Jägerskog and Terje Oestigaard , eds. Land and Hydropolitics in the Nile River Basin: Challenges and new investments eds. Routledge.
  • Nathanial Mathews, Alan Nicol and Wondwosen Michago Seide (2013) Constructing a new water future? An analysis of Ethiopia’s hydropower development. In Tony Allan, Martin Keulertz, Suvi Sojamo and Jeroen Warner, eds. Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa: Foreign direct investment and food and water security. Routledge. P311-323.


Peer reviewed article

  • Lorenzo Cotula, Carlos Oya, Emmanuel A. Codjoe, Abdurehman Eid, Mark Kakraba-Ampeh, James Keeley, Admasu Lokaley Kidewa, Melissa Makwarimba, Wondwosen Michago Seide, William Ole Nasha, Richard Owusu Asare & Matteo Rizzo (2014) Testing Claims about Large Land Deals in Africa: Findings from a Multi-Country Study, The Journal of Development Studies, 50:7, 903-925, DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2014.901501


Research Reports

  • James Keeley, Wondwosen Michago Seide, Abdurehman Eid and Admasu Lokaley Kidewa (2014) Large-scale land deals in Ethiopia: Scale, trends, features and outcomes to date. London: IDRC and IIED.
  • Mengistu Dessalegn, Likimyelesh Nigussie, Wondwosen Michago Seide, Josephine Tucker, Alan Nicol and Roger Calow   (2013). Voices from the source: Struggles with local water security in Ethiopia. WaterAid, ODI, IDS and Ripple.
  • Earle Anton, Kikki Nordin, Ana Elisa Cascao, Drake Rukundo, Wondwosen Michago Seide, Seide; Gunilla Björklund,. 2013.Independent Evaluation of the Nile Basin Trust Fund (NBTF) : Final report. Washington, DC: World Bank Group. 


Policy Brief

  • Wondwosen Michago Seide , Jeremy Lind (2013) Churning Waters: Strategic Shifts in the Nile Basin, 2013. Rapid Policy Briefing, RPB, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.


Short piece

  • Wondwosen Michago Seide (2015) Hydro-Mentality over the Nile, Global Water Forum, GWF.
  • Wondwosen Michago Seide (2010) On the Nile, Ethiopia goes soft to get tough. Fortune Newspaper. V 10. No. 521. April 25, 2010.


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Wondwosen Michago Seide holds MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from Oxford University, UK, and MA in Development Studies and BA in Political Science and International Relations from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Prior to joining the department as a PhD candidate, I used to work as a researcher and consultant for Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Nile Basin Discourse Forum (NBDF), and Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and lectured, as part-timer, at the Department of Geography and the Environment in Addis Ababa University.


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