Lisa-Marie Selvik, Ph.D.

Profilbild Lisa-Marie Selvik
Bernhard Ludewig


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Research Fellow of the Research Department

Lisa-Marie Selvik is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the project “The International Diffusion of Democratic Backsliding”, led by Dr. Alexander Schmotz. She is a political scientist interested in information controls, rights advocacy, and civil society and political elite interactions. In her dissertation, Selvik focused on the politics of liberal rights in young multi-party democracies in Africa. Currently, she is studying processes of democratic regression and diffusion mechanisms.


Postdoctoral researcher, Global Governance Unit, WZB

Researcher. NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, Bergen, Norway

Ph.D. Candidate, University Lecturer, and Researcher. Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Norway

Research Assistant. Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway


Ph.D. in Political Science. Department of Comparative Politics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bergen, Norway

Master in Political Science. Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway

Selected Publications

Skaar, Rudling, Selvik, Wiebelhaus-Brahm & García-Godos. (2024). ‚The implementation of truth commission recommendations: Exploring the ‘beyond words’ database for Latin America’. Conflict Management and Peace Science, 0(0).

Selvik & Dupuy. (2023). ‘Government repression and citizen support for democratic rights in Africa’. Democratization.

Oduro, Selvik & Dupuy. (2023). ‘Ghana: A Stagnated Democratic Trajectory’. In: Arriola, Rakner & van de Walle (Eds.). Democratic Backsliding in Africa? Autocratization, Resilience, and Contention. Pp. 112-136. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780192867322.

Selvik. (2022). ’The Politics of Liberal Rights in Africa: Regulating and legislating freedom of association, expression, and information’. Doctorate thesis, University of Bergen. Available at Bergen Open Research Archive (BORA),

Selvik. (2022). ‘Haiti's Truth and Justice Commission: Forgotten Recommendations, Living Demands’. In: Skaar, Wiebelhaus-Brahm and García-Godos (Eds.). Latin American Experiences with Truth Commissions. Vol. II, pp. 409-450. Cambrigde: Intersentia. ISBN: 9781839701795.

Selvik. (2021). ‘A Platform or Partner: Engaging the Media in Advocacy’. Global Policy.

Garbe, Selvik & Lemaire. (2021). ‘How African countries respond to fake news and hate speech’. Information, Communication & Society.


Completed Research Projects

PROTECT: The Right to International Protection
project member
Duration: 2022-
Funding: European Research Council, Horizon 2020.
Breaking BAD: Understanding the Backlash Against Democracy
Project member/PhD Candidate
Duration: 2017-2022
Funding: UiB/CMI, Norwegian Research Council
Political determinants of sexual and reproductive health: Criminalisation, health impacts and game changers
Research Assistant
Duration: 2017
Funding: CMI, Norwegian Research Council.
Beyond Words: Latin American Truth Commissions' Recommendations
Project member
Duration: 2016-2017
Funding: CMI, Norwegian Research Council.