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Research Interests

Civil society, democracy, development, natural resource governance, Algeria and Madagascar.



Jessica Northey is the Director of Postgraduate Research at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. She gained her PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, studying relations between the EU and Algerian charitable associations. Through extensive fieldwork, she examined the impact of external funding on their work and role in political life. As a researcher, Jessica is interested in the work of charities and local activists in different political systems and their potential to contribute to reform. She has carried out numerous research assignments, evaluations and electoral observation missions for national and international organisations, including the British Academy, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, UK Home Office, the EU and World Bank. She has worked with civil society organisations and institutions in Algeria, Madagascar, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mauritania. She is a country expert for Algeria with the Bertelsmann Foundation.


Vision Statement


I have worked for over ten years in countries dealing with environmental, political and developmental challenges in Africa and in Europe. My focus is on associations in these societies which strive to provide practical solutions and foster trust between actors. I seek to understand their work and to communicate positive examples of cooperation. I hope to develop further research initiatives to build bridges between researchers, policy makers and activists to create more enabling environments for communities, associations and the political systems in which they work.

Education/Academic qualification

Social and Political Science, Doctorate, European University Institute


European Politics and Public Administraion, MA, College of Europe

1 Sep 200216 Jun 2003

Law, Degree, University of Hull

1 Sep 199619 Jun 2000

External positions

Country Expert for Algeria, Bertelsmann Foundation

1 Nov 2012 → …

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Research Output 2015 2019

Algeria breaks the wall of fear: Thousands of Algerians march to say 'No!' to a fifth presidential mandate for Bouteflika

Northey, J. A. & Guemar, L., 26 Feb 2019

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchWeb publication/site

Open Access
Open Access

Civil Society in Algeria: Activism, Identity and the Democratic Process

Northey, J. A., 29 Sep 2018, London: I.B.Tauris. 288 p. ( International Library of African Studies)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

civil society
political reform
North Africa
East Africa

Algerian Heritage Associations: National Identity and Rediscovering the Past

Northey, J., 2017, Algeria: Nation, Culture and Transnationalism 1988-2015. Crowley, P. (ed.). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, Vol. 8. p. 101-120 20 p. (Francophone Postcolonial Studies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

national identity
freedom of association

Activities 2011 2019

  • 9 Participation in conference
  • 6 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Visiting an external academic institution
  • 1 Invited talk

The EuroMeSCo Annual Conference 2019 organised by EuroMeSCo network and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed).

Jessica Northey (Speaker)
18 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Jessica Northey (Speaker)
11 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

CTPSR PhD Summer School 2018: In cooperation with Stellenbosch University

Jessica Northey (Organiser)
14 May 201818 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

POLLEN Political Ecology Network Conference 2018

Jessica Northey (Speaker)
19 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Development Studies Association 2018

Jessica Northey (Speaker)
27 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference