I have a keen interest in discussions about the state and politico-legal institutions, and the ways in which social action produces public authority. My research focuses on property, local politics and state formation; in particular socio-legal processes of conflict over land and natural resources.
My main work has been conducted in Niger, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Indonesia. I am directing the ERC funded research programme Rule and Rupture. http://www.ruleandrupture.dk
I am Professor of Development, Resource Management, and Governance, at the Department of Food and Resource Economics, at Copenhagen University. I previously held a professorship in International Development Studies at Roskilde University for a number of years. I have been a Visiting Scholar at University of Leiden, University of California, Berkeley, London School of Economics, Centre for Development Research, Copenhagen, and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Marseille.