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Research Interests

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



Jessica Northey gained her PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, where she studied relations between the EU and Algerian charitable associations, examining, through extensive fieldwork, the impact of external funding on their work and role in political life. As a researcher, she 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 Westminster Foundation for Democracy, UK Home Office, Commonwealth Secretariat, the EU and the World Bank. She has worked with civil society organisations and institutions in Madagascar, Algeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mauritania. She is a country expert for Algeria with the Bertelsmann Foundation and is the International Coordinator for the Green Party of England and Wales. She is involved in local environmental campaigns in the UK and advises the East African Green Federation on its strategy and international links.


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


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Research Output 2015 2018


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
2 Citations (Scopus)
41 Downloads (Pure)

Associations and Democracy in Algeria

Northey, J., 2017, In : Democratization. 24, 2, p. 209-225 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
North Africa

Activities 2011 2018

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

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

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

British International Studies Association (BISA) 42nd Annual Conference

Jessica Northey (Convenor)
16 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

CTPSR PhD Summer School 2017

Jessica Northey (Organiser)
22 May 201726 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course