BiographyDr. Shai André Divon is currently the Chair of the Department of International Environment and Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He currently works on power and politics in Africa. He teaches several courses in International Relations, International Environmental Studies and Development Studies. Divon is a specialist on development politics, and studies a range of issues in the nexus security/environment/development. He has initiated and worked on several research and education projects, including projects granted by the Norwegian Center for International Cooperation and Education, EU Horizon2020, EU FP7, and the Norwegian Research Council. His work and research experience spans over four continents, including work in several African and Asian countries, the Middle East and North America. He is the author of several peer-reviewed articles, and the co-author of 'United States Assistance Policy in Africa: Exceptional Power' (With Bill Derman). Divon has considerable leadership experience anchored in his past military career, including experience in the implementation and management of large projects. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship (2016) and was hosted as a Visiting Scholar at the School of International Service, American University Washington DC.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Development Politics, Power in Society, Political Ecology, Socio-cultural Change, Anthropology of Development, Social Impact Analysis, Development Discourse, Africa, North America, Asia.
Published: Jul 01, 2017 by European Journal of Policing Studies
Authors: Shai André Divon
Post-conflict reconstruction and police reform are located in the security-development nexus where global and state power moves towards individuals. This article offers a conceptual map for the analysis of power across contexts through police reform interventions in post conflict societies. This map facilitates the observation of the police as a technology of power and as a projector of power in post conflict societies.
Published: Jan 05, 2017 by Third World Quarterly
Authors: Shai A. Divon & Morten Bøås
This article seeks to understand how Liberians navigate choices in the plural legal system to address gender-based violence cases. By asking how and why people make the choices they do, we highlight how Liberians solve tensions between institutions, by creating flexible categories that allow them to pursue a course of action that does not compromise their ability to access social networks and resources.
Published: Feb 21, 2012 by Development in Practice
Authors: Shai A. Divon & Cassandra Bergstrøm
The present article conducts a cross-sectoral analysis of development interventions in order to identify unintended consequences resulting in increased risk of acquisition of diarrhoeal diseases. Data was gathered in a Millennium Village Project in Ruhiira, Uganda.