Research team

Imke Harbers

Imke Harbers is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam and Principal Investigator of the CitizenGap project. Her research focuses on subnational political institutions, state capacity, citizenship and democracy. She is interested in multi-method research, and specifically in developing new approaches for integrating geo-spatial analysis and qualitative methods. Her recent work has been published in the British Journal of Political Science, World Development, and Latin American Politics and Society. More information about her publications can be found here

Gulshan Banas

Gulshan Banas is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam. Her research examines citizens’ decisions to acquire identity documents in contexts of uneven state capacity. She is interested in state-society relations in ranked and multiethnic societies, citizenship, local politics, and welfare.

Vy Tran

Vy Tran is a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam. Her primary focus is the quantitative measurement and cross-country comparison of the citizenship gap. She is interested in a broad range of manifestations of socioeconomic inequality, which encompasses disparities in the strength of individuals’ claims to citizenship rights.

Atharv Dhiman

Atharv Dhiman is a research assistant in the CitizenGap project. He is also a Junior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. His research examines violent and non-violent conflicts and social movements in India. He is currently working on questions of access to equal citizenship and the conflictual nature of identity-seeking.

Suhair Killiyath

Suhair is a data product manager with interests in digital public goods and open data. For the CitizenGap project, he is helping build a database of birth registration infrastructure and other identity records. He is a postgraduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. He currently lives in Bangalore.

Victor Hartman

Victor Hartman is a master’s student in Political Science with a background in computer science. His main interests are international development and the intersection of politics with technology. As a research assistant for the CitizenGap Project, he is responsible for computational analyses and data management.