School: 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 examines the network politics of statebuilding and its impact on the consolidation of a 'network state' in post-2001 Afghanistan. His research combines various fields of studies including post-conflict peacebuilding, the anthropology of the state, and 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, an MRes in Politics from University of Exeter, and a BA in International Relations and Politics from University of Essex. He has four years of work experience in different policy and research organisations in Afghanistan including Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), DfID and USAID. He has managed and supervised a wide range of research and evaluation projects for various international organisations including the UNODCís 2009 annual assessment report on poppy cultivation and food insecurity in Afghanistan, a World Bank assessment report on land conflict, and a research study of aid effectiveness and mutual accountability. Most recently, he was hired as a Governance Consultant 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. He was also 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 and a founding member of Afghanistan Intellectual Property Rights Association.
Mr. Sharan's latest publications are:
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.