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Wondwosen Michago Seide

Doctoral student Political Science

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, He 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.


Main research or teaching areas

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


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, image and memory theories in examining the hydro-political relations of the Nile. The hydro-mentality analytical framework that I am trying to develop will primarily be drawn from the international relations, political psychology and memory theories, and applied to the transboundary river studies through an “interdisciplinary research.”  


Research Groups

Environmental Policy Group

Hydropolitics Group

Political Psychology Group





Seide, Wondwosen Michago (2017) The Nuer Pastoralists – Between Large Scale Agriculture and Villagization: A case study of the Lare District in the Gambella Region of Ethiopia. Current African Issues (CAI) No 64.


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

Book Chapter

Seide, Wondwosen Michago (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.

Mathews, Nathanial, Nicol, Alan and Seide , Wondwosen Michago (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.


Research Paper

Keeley, James, Seide ,Wondwosen Michago, Eid, Abdurehman and Kidewa, Admasu Lokaley (2014) Large-scale land deals in Ethiopia: Scale, trends, features and outcomes to date. London: IDRC and IIED.


Dessalegn, Mengistu, Nigussie, Likimyelesh, Seide, Wondwosen Michago, Tucker, Josephine, Nicol, Alan and Calow, Roger (2013). Voices from the source: Struggles with local water security in Ethiopia. WaterAid, ODI, IDS and Ripple.


Research Report

Anton, Earle, Nordin, Kikki, Cascao, Ana Elisa, Rukundo, Drake, Seide, Wondwosen Michago, Björklund, Gunilla (2013). Independent Evaluation of the Nile Basin Trust Fund (NBTF). Washington, DC: World Bank Group.



Policy Brief

Seide, Wondwosen Michago, Lind, Jeremy (2013) Churning Waters: Strategic Shifts in the Nile Basin. IDS Rapid Response Briefing 4, Brighton: IDS



Short piece

Seide, Wondwosen Michago (2015) Hydro-Mentality over the Nile. Global Water Forum, GWF.


Seide, Wondwosen Michago (2010) On the Nile, Ethiopia goes soft to get tough. Fortune Newspaper. V 10. No. 521. April 25, 2010.


Photo of Wondwosen Seide by Jessica Björck
E-mail: wondwosen [dot] seide [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Doctoral student

Department of Political Science

+46 46 222 47 63



Research Groups

Environmental Policy Group

Hydropolitics Group

Political Psychology

Department of Political Science
Lund University
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Telephone: +46 46-222 89 52

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