dr. N. Reis

Visiting Fellow International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

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N. Reis (2016). Good Governance as Managerialism: Rationalisation and International Donors in Vietnam's Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Sector. Development Policy Review, 34 (1), 29-54. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12144

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I am on a 1.5-year P.R.I.M.E. fellowship (German Ministry for Education and Research and EU/Marie-Curie funded) from October 2015 to March 2017, affiliated with El Colegio de México (Mexico City) and ISS. My research project 'Land Control and State Power: The Cultural Political Economy of Land in Mexico’s Urban Peripheries’ investigates land control changes in peri-urban areas of Central Mexico in the context of economic liberalisation and financialisation. It aims to contribute to an understanding of how statehood is currently contested, reshaped, and (re-)produced through land control in Mexico.

My general research interest focuses on the role of state power in development and natural resources governance. I am particularly interested in how daily (formal and informal) practices of bureaucrats shape images of the state, and how they facilitate the production of capitalist society in its relation to nature. In the past, I have worked in projects on water resources management, water supply and sanitation, and land, agriculture and food security. I am a critical realist making use of Marxist approaches as well as insights from organisational theory.

For my PhD research, I investigated water supply and sanitation in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, showing that the disjunction between formal and informal policy practices is not a question of ineffective policy cycle dynamics, but rather an inherent feature of the Vietnamese one-party state. The research involved one year of field work in the Mekong Delta.

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