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Political scientist with comprehensive experience from research and Country of Origin reports. Research experience on political economy, opposition and political parties, political rights, democratic institutionalisation, NGOs. Expert on human and political rights abuse, opposition and political persecution, risk of return and of brutal and degrading treatment and torture and document authentication.

Dr Inge Amundsen
Senior Researcher in Political Science, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway

Amundsen is a political scientist and senior researcher (professor) at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Bergen, Norway. He is focusing on democratic institutionalisation, parliaments, political parties, political corruption, and natural resources (petroleum resources management and revenue management). His main areas of study are Malawi, Bangladesh, Angola, Ghana, Nigeria, and Francophone West Africa. Amundsen was Research Director at CMI from 2000-2003, Director of the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre from 2002-2006 and he has coordinated three CMI institutional cooperation programmes.

Amundsen has conducted research in Bangladesh over several years, in co-operation with the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD, a Bangladeshi think tank), covering the parliament, political parties, corruption, and the general political climate.

Amundsen has conducted research in Angola over almost 20 years, following and analysing the political landscape in detail. A special focus has been on the institutions of oversight and control, the political parties, political corruption, and the political economy.

Amundsen has also done research on the political economy, ethnic relations, and gender in Malawi, and on the political economy, opposition, development aid and democratic institutionalization in Nigeria.


Amundsen has broad experience in political background and human rights situation descriptions, political persecution, the conditions of opposition and dissent, and the situation of religious, ethnic and regional minorities.

Amundsen has produced over 10 expert reports for asylum appeals (by mid-2017) on Angola and Bangladesh, with political situation analysis, background information, human rights, legal issues, document verification/authentication, and some translation (from Portuguese), for UK, American, and Canadian solicitors and law firms.



  • 'Pay up and off you go!' Buying political positions in Bangladesh. Book chapter 11 (pp 140-147) in T. Søreide and A. Williams (eds.): Corruption, Grabbing and Development: Real World Challenges. Cheltenham/UK and Northampton/MA, USA, Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Democratic Dynasties? Internal party democracy in Bangladesh. Party Politics, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 49-58.
  • The Parliament of Bangladesh. Representation and Accountability. With Rounaq Jahan. Dhaka and Bergen, CPD-CMI Working Paper Series 2:2012.


  • Drowning in Oil. Angola and the Resource Curse. Comparative Politics, vol. 46, no.2, January 2014, pp. 169-189.
  • Institutions of Checks and Balances: The Election Commission of Angola. Bergen: CMI. CMI Report R 2013:5.
  • Opposition Parties and the Upcoming 2008 Parliamentary Elections in Angola. With Markus Weimer. Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute. CMI Working Paper WP 2008:9.
  • Civil Society in Angola: Inroads, Space and Accountability. With Cesaltina Abreu. Bergen, CMI. CMI Report 2006:14.

Malawi : 

  • Women in Politics in Malawi. Inge Amundsen and Happy Kayuni (Eds.) Bergen and Zomba, 2016, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and University of Malawi, Chancellor College, Department of Political and Administrative Studies (PAS).


  • Nigeria: Defying the Resource Curse. Inge Amundsen. Chapter 1 (pp. 17-27) in Aled Williams and Philippe le Billon (Eds), Corruption, Natural Resources and Development. From Resource Curse to Political Ecology. Cheltenham/UK, 2017, Eward Elgar Publ.
  • Good Governance in Nigeria: A Study in Political Economy and Donor Support. Oslo, Norad, Norad Discussion Report 17/2010.
Norwegian, English, French (reading) and Portuguese (reading)
Political groups expertise: 
Angola: opposition, opposition parties, NGOs and civil society, and ethno-regional groups (Cabinda). Bangladesh: opposition, opposition parties, the parties’ youth and student wings and radical Islam. Malawi: opposition parties, women, and ethnic minorities.
Religious groups expertise: 
Radical Islam and religious opposition parties and organisations in Bangladesh
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Countries of expertise:
Angola, Bangladesh, Malawi, Nigeria