Dr Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre

Senior Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg
Deutschland

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5248
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: deloffre@gcr21.uni-due.de

Fellowship

Dr Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre joins the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Research Fellow from July 2019 to June 2020. She conducts her research in the Research Group 'Pathways and Mechanisms of Global Cooperation'.

 

Research Project

Collective Accountability in Humanitarian Governance

Global governance increasingly involves polycentric arrangements to effectively tackle complex, transborder policy problems such as climate change, the spread of infectious disease and the migrant crisis. Polycentric governance is characterized by multiple actors with decision-making powers operating autonomously in a given policy arena. Polycentric systems include actors—non-governmental organizations (NGOs), multi-national corporations, inter-governmental organizations, and states— with varying types of power and authority who are accountable in different ways to their legitimating audiences. Accountability in polycentric governance is therefore multi-faceted and diffuse and defining collective accountability requires agreeing upon shared values and goals. Yet, we know little about how accountability is defined, negotiated and ensured in polycentric systems of governance.

Beginning in the 1990s first NGOs, then state aid agencies, established shared collective accountability standards, such as the Core Humanitarian Standard, to regulate their behavior and improve the quality of humanitarian aid. My project examines collective accountability in humanitarian governance and is guided by three main research questions: which actors are shaping how collective accountability standards are defined, practiced, and enforced? How do (and do) collective accountability standards diffuse across levels of analysis? What are the political, social, and operational effects of these collective accountability standards? The project objectives include creating understanding of whether and under which conditions polycentric governance might improve accountability, collaboration, and trust, and transform power relations.

 

Vita

From 08/2020

The George Washington University

Elliott School of International Affairs

Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Humanitarian Assistance Initiative

06/2018 – 06/2019

Temple University

Department of Political Science

Visiting Research Scholar

06/2017 – 06/2018

Arcadia University

Department of Historical and Political Studies

Associate Professor of Political Science

08/2011 – 06/2017

Arcadia University

Department of Historical and Political Studies

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Research Interest

  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Accountability in global governance
  • Global humanitarianism
  • Global health

Current Projects

  • Bridging the Peace-Humanitarianism-Development Nexus: Imagining better governance through learning and revision
  • Power in Humanitarian Governance

Publications

International NGO Legitimacy: Challenges and Responses in Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations Thomas Davies (Ed.). Taylor and Francis (2019): 606-620 with Hans Peter Schmitz.

“Making Change-makers: Integrating Project-based Learning in NGO Management Courses,” In Agnieszka Paczynska and Susan F. Hirsch (Eds.) Conflict Zone, Comfort Zone: Ethics, Pedagogy, and Effecting Change in Field Based Courses. Ohio University Press, pp. 159-179 (2019).

“What role for Political Scientists? Civic engagement, citizen empowerment, advocacy and activism,” edited Symposium and Introduction, with Carrie Booth Walling, PS: Political Science and Politics, 50 (4): 985-989 (2017). DOI: doi.org/10.1017/S1049096517001111

“Global Accountability Communities: NGO Self-Regulation in the Humanitarian Sector,” Review of International Studies, 42 (4): 724-747 (2016). DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0260210515000601

“Human Security Governance: Is UNMEER the Way Forward?” Global Health Governance: The Scholarly Journal for the New Health Security Paradigm, Vol. X, No. 1: 41-60 (Spring, 2016).

“Policymaking in the Global Context: Training Students to Build Effective Strategic Partnerships with Nongovernmental Organizations,” Journal of Public Affairs Education 21(3): 417-434, (2015) with Cristina M. Balboa.

“NGO Accountability Clubs in the Humanitarian Sector: Social Dimensions of Club Emergence and Design.” In Mary Kay Gugerty and Aseem Prakash (Eds.) Nonprofit Clubs: Voluntary Regulation of Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations. Cambridge University Press, pp. 169-200, (2010).