Jon Harald Sande Lie is a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and co-editor of Forum for Development Studies. He holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Bergen completed in 2011. His PhD dissertation is titled: “Developmentality. An ethnography of the new aid architecture and the formation of the World Bank–Uganda partnership”. His research interest pivots on governance, power and globalization as expressed in the humanitarian and development sectors, focusing on the interrelationship between policy and practice, donor and recipient institutions – as well as how they impinge on each other. He has conducted fieldworks in Uganda, Ethiopia and the Sudans, and within the World Bank and the UN at their respective headquarters level.
Lie’s research addresses the linkages between humanitarian policy and practice as seen from the perspective of those at the receiving end of the humanitarian aid chain, thus enabling to explore the various articulations and effects global policies and seemingly universal principles have on the different actors at the beneficiaries’ end.
Lie is currently working on the postdoctoral project “Challenging Humanitarian Principles and Practice” at NUPI. This postdoctoral project explores contemporary changes and challenges to the humanitarian field as seen from the vantage point of the Protection of Civilians (PoC) discourse.
Lie, Jon Harald Sande, Ingrid Marie Breidlid (2013) A Cacophony of Ideas and Practices: UNMIS and the Protection of Civilians in Jonglei State, South Sudan, in Benjamin de Carvalho and Ole Jacob Sending (eds.) The Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping: Concept, Implementation and Practice. Baden-Baden,Nomos.s. 143-162. [url]
Lie, Jon Harald Sande, Benjamin de Carvalho (2013) Conceptual Unclarity and Competition: The Protection of Civilians and the Responsibility to Protect, in Benjamin de Carvalho and Ole Jacob Sending (eds.) The Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping: Concept, Implementation and Practice. Baden-Baden,Nomos.s. 47-62.
Lie, Jon Harald Sande (2013) “Challenging anthropology: anthropological reflections on the ethnographic turn in international relations.” Millennium 41(2): 20.
Lie, Jon Harald Sande (2012) “The knowledge battlefield of protection.” African Security 5(3-4): 142-159.
Lie, Jon Harald Sande and Axel Borchgrevink (2012) “Layer upon layer: understanding the Gambella conflict formation.” International Journal of Ethiopian Studies VI(1&2): 135-159.
De Carvalho, Benjamin and Jon Harald Sande Lie (2011) “Chronicle of a frustration foretold? The implementation of a broad protection agenda in the United Nations.” Journal of International Peacekeeping 15: 341-362.Web site:
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