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Dr. Feroza Sanjana

Feroza_Sanjana

Abteilung Politik

Gastprofessorin

Adresse
Lansstraße 7-9
Raum 210
14195 Berlin

I am a political scientist and policy analyst based in Berlin. My specialisation is in international political economy with a focus on India and South Asia. In the winter term 2021/22 I will be joining the politics department at JFKI as a visiting professor.

I have been a consultant at United Nations Women (UN Women) in areas of women’s economic empowerment and business and human rights.

I am also adjunct lecturer at the Center for International and Comparative Political Economy at the Freie University Berlin and have been an adjunct lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance.

Previously as Thyssen Fellow as well as a Stanford-Freie University Fellow at Stanford University and Dahlem Research School Visiting Researcher at the Pontifical Catholic University Chile, my research and policy inputs have been submitted to several institutions including most recently, to the Indian Embassy in Berlin, the London School of Economics Investment and Human Rights Project, the United Nations (UNFPA) as well as to a parliamentary committee in the Upper House of the Government of India.

Education

Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies, Freie University Berlin Ph.D. Political Science, 2015-19, Magna cum Laude
Focus: The Politics of the International Investment Regime in the Global South

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
M.A. International Studies and Diplomacy, 2013-14, Distinction

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
M.Sc. Philosophy and Public Policy, 2011-12, Merit

St. Xaviers College, University of Mumbai
B.A. Media and Communications, 2008-11,


Visiting Research

Stanford University, California                                                                                                                                   Visiting doctoral researcher, Department of Political Science, 2018-19

Pontifical Catholic University, Santiago, Chile                                                                                                  Visiting doctoral researcher, Department of Political Science, 2018

Current Positions

Consultant, WeEmpower Asia, United Nations (UN Women), New Delhi, 10/20-present                                             I am a technical expert for WeEmpower Asia, a joint programme by the European Union and UN Women aimed at increasing the number of women who lead and participate in private-sector businesses in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam, to advance inclusive and sustainable growth along with stronger links between European and Asian markets through gender-sensitive trade and supply chains. In this role, I regularly prepare briefing notes, policy papers, reports, speeches and presentations on a range of issues relating to gender, investment and human rights, monitor implementation of multiple programmatic activities, coordinate activities and communication between various stakeholders including government bodies, donors, development partners, research organisations and other UN bodies and undertake regular reporting and evaluation using logical framework and results-based reporting methodologies.  

Research Coordinator, Enhancing Security Cooperation in and with Asia (ESIWA) Project, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 12/2020-present
Project coordinator in research consortium to provide European policymakers with policy advice, specialised research, and analysis on the Asia-Pacific region and on the EU’s relations with Asia-Pacific. My role requires coordination of research activities to strict timelines and support to the production of complex research and analysis of various topics concerning EU-Asia relations, focused on but not limited to geopolitical dynamics of the Indian Ocean region, political developments in South Asia and strategic interdependencies. 


Mentoring and Consulting

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Alumni Careers Service, 2021-present
Mentor and Careers Advisor, 4 students, Masters programmes

Junior Expert, Asia Pacific Research and Advice Network to the European Union & ESIWA, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 04/2020-10/2020
Consultant and expert on South Asia – EU foreign policy issues at the Asia-Pacific Research and Advice Network (APRAN) is a tender project begun by leading global think tanks Chatham House (UK), the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS, Germany) and Clingendael (the Netherlands), funded by the European Union.

Professional Experience

Parliamentary Researcher, Office of Prof. Rajeev Gowda MP, Indian National Congress, Parliament of India, New Delhi, 12/2019- 02/2020  
Researcher to a Member of Parliament of the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of the Indian Parliament) who was also the Head of the Research Unit of the Indian National Congress, one of the oldest and largest political parties in India. My key tasks included drafting policy briefs, speeches and bill summaries, preparing questions and contributions for use by parliamentarians. I was also the principal researcher on an inter- party parliamentary committee constituted by the Upper House in Dec. 2018 on issues pertaining to social affairs where I drafted forty recommendations which were reviewed and accepted by the committee.


Research Assistant, London School of Economics Investment & Human Rights Project, London, 09/2015-09/2018 (part time)
Alongside my PhD research, I supported the research project of two human rights lawyers who were legal advisors to John Ruggie during his mandate on the formation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. I researched, drafted and proofed policy papers relating to the various impacts of business on human rights e.g., on incorporating a gender perspective into human rights due diligence among others. I also edited and proofread a policy paper for the reform of international investment agreements (IIAs) presented at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva in 2015. I assisted as researcher and writer to senior team member appointed as the independent expert by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) under its Project Complaint Mechanism. I analysed whether the Bank’s operations were in line with its Environmental and Social Policies under complaints brought by groups or individuals adversely affected by EBRD-funded projects.

Research and Communications Officer, Jesuit Refugee Service South Asia, 04/2015-07/2015
Responsible for managing communications for an international not-for-profit organization working to educate refugees and internally displaced persons, headquartered in Rome and with 56 offices globally. Led the communications unit for the regional office of South Asia, maintained digital presence, produced and edited visual content and responded to ad-hoc requests of assistance from field workers located in Afghanistan and Nepal.  


Research and Communications Intern, United Nations Information Center for India and Bhutan, New Delhi, 04/2010-06/2010
I assisted the Director in both internal and external communications for India and Bhutan, drafting correspondences with various UN agencies and helping in the organisation of events.

Scholarships and Awards

2018-19: Stanford Free University Graduate Fellowship: scholarship awarded by Stanford University through a university-wide call for PhD candidates across all disciplines at Freie University, 1 scholarship award (September 2018-April 2019).
2018: DRS FUBright Mobility Allowance for Young Researchers: field work in Chile. 2017: Indo-German Young Leaders Forum, Indian Embassy Berlin.
2017: DRS FUBright Mobility Allowance for Young Researchers: stipend for conducting field work and conference participation in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2017: Voice of Young Scientists (VOYs), Brussels: 1 of 5 early career researchers awarded science communication stipend across all disciplines at Freie University.
2015-18: Fritz Thyssen Doctoral Fellowship (September 2015-September 2019).
2015: Deloitte Global: Analyst, Political Risk Unit, New Delhi (declined offer).

Professional Certifications

UN Prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA)Training
BSAFE, UNICEF Course
UN Fraud and Corruption Awareness and Prevention Course
UN I Know Gender: An Introduction to Gender Equality for UN staff
UN Women Information Security Course
UN Women Learning Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Abuse Of Authority
Ethics and integrity at UNICEF
UN Human Rights Responsibilities Course

Teaching

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie University Berlin, Winter 2021/22:

B.A. Programme, VertiefungsseminarInternational Investment and the Global South

MA Programme, Hauptseminar/Seminar, Gender and Foreign Policy 

MA Programme, Hauptseminar/Seminar, Introduction to Theories and Methods                                                               

MA Programme Mastercolloquium Political Science (also for GSNAS)

Center for International and Comparative Political Economy, Freie University Berlin, B.A. Programme, 40 students
Winter 2020-21: Proseminar, The Politics of the International Investment Regime


Hertie School of Governance, Department of International Affairs. M.A. Programme, 20 students
Winter 2020-21: Research Methods Workshop - Case Studies

Winter 2020-21: Research Methods Workshop - Interviews

Winter 2020-21: Research Methods Workshop - Process Tracing


Center for International and Comparative Political Economy, Freie University Berlin, B.A. Programme, 40 students

Summer 2020:  Proseminar, The International Investment Regime: Perspectives from IPE


Hertie School of Governance, Department of International Affairs, M.A. Programme, 20 students

Winter 2017-18: Introduction to Methodology


Center for International and Comparative Political Economy, Freie University Berlin, B.A. Programme, 40 students

Winter 2017-18: Proseminar, Multinationals, Investment Policy and Sustainable Development

ONGOING RESEARCH

Global Economic Governance

What are the techniques by which experts can influence policy making and the formation of international governance regimes? Using the case of the United Nations in the spread of bilateral investment treaties in the Global South, my research demonstrates how international organisations like the UN have been a key source of scientific knowledge in the developing world, and even in a “post-truth” policy environment, continue to play an important role today through agenda setting, issue framing and by influencing the ideas of key decision makers.

South-South Bilateral Investment Treaties

Why did developing countries sign South-South Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) with one another despite their long-standing historical opposition to investment rules? The proliferation of South-South BITs in the 1990s and 2000s is an unexplored aspect of the politics of international investment treaties. This is surprising given that South-South BITs form almost forty percent of the BIT universe today. My research provides unique comparative case studies on India and Chile, providing crucial insights into economic decisions of developing countries and a much needed micro-level focus to existing BIT literature.

Emerging Powers and Foreign Policy

This ongoing exploratory project considers the growing role of foreign direct investment (FDI) as a tool for emerging powers to build strategic relations with smaller developing countries. First, it maps using network visualisation countries, particularly in the volatile Indian Ocean Region, which have received investments from India and China. In a second step, using text analysis, it argues that there has been a notable shift in traditional discourse on FDI as having purely economic objectives to instead becoming increasingly linked to a security agenda.

Presentations

“Investment clauses to leverage for trade? The politics of Chilean FTAs 1990-2009” Paper at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, 27 March, 2019
“The politics of investment treaties: A comparative anaylsis of India and Chile”,  International Political Economy Colloquium, Stanford University, 10 January 2019
“International political economy meets social psychology: learning and ‘the wisdom of  crowds’ in international economic governance”,  Paper presented at the Kolleg-  Forschergruppe: The Transformative Power of Europe Colloquium (KFG), Berlin, 14 May, 2018
“International organizations, economic policy and the politics of numbers: UNCTAD and the spread of South-South BITs”,  Paper presented at the European Consortium for Political Science Research, Oslo, 09 September, 2017  
“The relevance of the United Nations for India’s foreign policy”, Invited as Panelist, Videsh Niti Series, Embassy of India, Berlin, 27 February, 2017
“Power-knowledge in the international investment regime,” Annual BTS Colloquium, Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies, Berlin, 05 May, 2015

Publications

2021: (under peer review) Mechanisms matter: South-South bilateral investment treaties (BITs) as “multi-purpose” tools in India and Chile, submitted to Review of International Political Economy Journal.
2021: “Could a German Labour Policy Innovation soothe India’s Unemployment Woes amid COVID-19?” South Asia @ London School of Economics, 01 February 2021.  
2020: Principal Author, Report Of The Ad-hoc Committee Of The Rajya Sabha To Study The Alarming Issue Of Pornography On Social Media And Its Effect On Children And Society As A Whole, Presented to theChairman, Rajya Sabha on 25th January, 2020, Parliament of India. 2018: “The urgent need to rethink investment policymaking”. UNCTAD Investment Policy Blog, 16 July 2018 (Contributor).
2017: “How nudge units can aid development” South Asia@ London School of Economics, 21. March 2017.
2016: “Is India's treaty signing strategy increasing FDI?” Offprint Magazine India, 24 Aug. 2016.
2015: “TTIP and its discontents- mapping the way forward for sustainable investment agreements” The Governance Post Magazine Berlin, 11 Nov. 2015.
2014: “Report: Drawing the Line: Creative Freedom versus Gender Sensitivity”, United Nations Population Fund, United Nations. 2014.