Dr Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre

Research Fellow

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

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


Dr Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre joins the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Research Fellow from July 2019 to June 2020. She conducts her research in the Research Unit "Global Cooperation and Polycentric Governance".

Research Project

Global Accountability for Health in Multiparty Systems of Global Governance

The project seeks to develop greater clarity around polycentric governance in global health and the conditions under which it may lead to greater accountability for health outcomes. To this end, it examines how a particular form of polycentric governance, multiparty initiatives, defines and practices accountability over time.  Multiparty efforts, such as Global Health Initiatives (GHIs), involve an array of transnational actors, including states, international organizations (i.e. the UN), NGOs and foundations. GHIs generally focus on a particular disease, population or product and leverage the resources and capacities of multiple actors to help make progress towards the health-related Millennium/Sustainable Development Goals. GHIs include actors with varying degrees of power that are accountable in different ways to different stakeholder groups.

How do GHIs define and practice global collective accountability? How do these definitions change over time? To whom are they accountable and how? How does accountability ‘scale up’ from bilateral relationships to global relationships? Drawing on my previous research on NGO collective accountability communities in the humanitarian sector, my expectation is that in early stages of these multiparty initiatives, actors might espouse transparency and participatory initiatives that will increase information sharing but remain transactional in nature. In these primary stages, actors with the most material power will shape debates. However over time, I expect collective accountability models to involve a more democratic distribution of political and economic power and a transformed global governance architecture that includes deep engagement, shared purpose and aligned interests, which foster long-term collective interests and mutual accountability. Thus, I expect power constellations to shift and governance forms to evolve from partnerships to networks to global communities.



From 08/2020

The George Washington University

Elliot 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


"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).