"Health effects without treatment? Unanticipated consequences of Conditional Cash Transfers in rural Guatemala"

Apr 7, 2016, 12:15 pm1:15 pm
015 Robertson Hall
Students, Faculty, Fellows & Staff - registration required


Event Description

Lunch Seminar

Johan Sandberg, Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Migration and Development, Princeton University

Johan Sandberg is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the Center for Migration and Development (CMD) at Princeton University, completing a five-year research project on new social policy developments and conditional cash transfers (CCTs) in Latin America, while initiating post-doc research on socio-economic exclusion of migrant families with children in urban areas in Scandinavia.

In essence, his PhD-research on CCTs at the Department of Sociology at Lund University entailed two major fieldworks in Montevideo, Uruguay and three municipalities around Lago Atitlán in Guatemala. Using a mixed-methods approach, his research included quantitative analyses of primary survey data in Guatemala and secondary data in household surveys in Uruguay, as well as focus groups and semi-structured interviews in both countries. He applied explanatory mechanisms in economic sociology to investigate the role of CCTs in recent Latin American social policy developments and in the recent rise in evidence-based social policymaking, the programs’ intended effects and unintended consequences, as well as their institutionalization in State and public policies. The work culminated in a thesis defense on April 10, 2014 with Professor Alejandro Portes as specially invited opponent, and a set of publications in peer-review journals such as Development & Change, Development Policy Review, and Social Policy & Administration.

Since January 1 of 2015, Johan is the Director of Studies for Lund University Master in International Development and Management (LUMID) program, an internationally renown development practice oriented program with membership in the network of Global Master’s in Development Programs (MDP), coordinated by the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

At Lund University he has been teaching some 2,500 clock-hours on both bachelor and masters levels in various departments of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Topics range from research methods, theory of science, economic sociology, to welfare and social policy, poverty and inequality, and global governance issues. Before pursuing a PhD he attained an MA in Global Studies in 2008, and an MA in Sociology in 2006 that included studies at the Fudan University in Shanghai.

Most of his professional experience outside academia lies in development finance and he spent three years as Development Finance consultant in Washington, D.C. between 1999-2002. In this capacity he structured trade and project finance solutions for Fortune 500 clients in infrastructure, health, and education projects in developing countries. He also managed key clients’ multilateral development bank (World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank) and EU project bidding in the environment and education sectors.

During 1998 he worked as a research assistant while interning at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) where he conducted research on socio-economic impacts of the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). This internship began four days after his completion of an MBA with focus on international and development economics at the University of South Carolina, the university where he also attained a BA in business administration as a Scholar-Athlete in tennis.

Lunch will be served.

RSVP required.
Non-WWS students: to RSVP, email [email protected] by April 1st.
WWS students will receive a separate invitation on the week prior to the event. 

This event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School's Center for Health & Wellbeing.