College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Department: International Relations
Timor Sharan is a final-year PhD candidate in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. Mr. Sharan's research is on post-2001 international intervention and statehood in Afghanistan. More specifically, he examines the political economy of a 'network state' in Afghanistan. His research combines various fields of studies including post-conflict peacebuilding, the anthropology of the state as well as network, organisational and institutional theories. His doctoral research is funded by the UK's Economics and Social Science Research Council (ESRC).
Mr. Sharan holds an MPhil degree in Development Studies from University of Cambridge and MRes in Politics from University of Exeter. He has worked as a specialist for the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as at a research position for the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU). Mr. Sharan has managed and supervised a wide range of research and evaluation projects for various international organisations including the UNODC's 2009 annual assessment report on poppy cultivation and food insecurity in Afghanistan. Most recently, he was hired as a specialist for DfID to help evaluate the current state of political entities in Afghanistan and make recommendations on how best to target UK Government resources to support greater political participation. In addition, he was employed as a Technical Research Consultant to Afghanistan Stabilisation Initiative (ASI), a USAID funded project, to help assess the impact of USAID projects on security and governance in ten districts of South and South East Afghanistan.
Mr. Sharan is a founding member of Afghanistan Knowledge Management Institute (AKMI) and a founding member of Afghanistan Intellectual Property Rights Association (AIPRA). AKMI was established with the aim of disseminating up-to-date global knowledge and resources to the Afghan population.
Mr. Sharan's latest publications are:
Sharan, T. (2013), "The Dynamics of Informal Political networks and Statehood in Post-2001 Afghanistan: A Case Study of the 2010-2011 Especial Election Court Crisis", Central Asian Survey, (Forthcoming)
Sharan, T. (2011), "The dynamics of elite networks and patron-client relations in post-Bonn Afghanistan", Europe-Asia Studies Journal, Vol 63 (6), August.
Sharan, T. & Heathershaw, J. (2011), "Identity politics and statebuilding in post-Bonn Afghanistan: the 2009 presidential election", Ethnopolitics, Vol 10 (1), September.