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Dr Halfdan Lynge

Senior Lecturer

DPhil (University of Oxford), MSc and BA (University of Copenhagen)
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Wits School of Governance

Halfdan Lynge is a Senior Lecturer at the Wits School of Governance. His research explores the effects of politics on public policy; i.e. how the cost-benefit calculations of politicians affect the lives of ordinary citizens. In addition, he has an interest in data science and its application in public policy.

He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Oxford, UK and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the founder and board chair of Sauti, a market and public opinion research company specialised in mobile-based surveys, and a member of the Civic Tech Innovation Network reference group. He previously worked five years with the UN in Africa and Asia. His last position was as Head of the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he supervised a team of advisors to the UN Country Team. Lynge started his career as a governance specialist and continues to work as a governance consultant.


Does corruption affect firm growth? New evidence from Mozambique
Studies in Economics and Econometrics
2023-04-03 | Journal article
DOI: 10.1080/03796205.2023.2218056

Developing neighbourhood typologies and understanding urban inequality: a data-driven approach
Regional Studies, Regional Science
2022-12-31 | Journal article
DOI: 10.1080/21681376.2022.2132180
CONTRIBUTORS: Halfdan Lynge; Justin Visagie; Andreas Scheba; Ivan Turok; David Everatt; Caryn Abrahams

The effect of economic downturns on voter turnout in Africa
Electoral Studies
2022-04 | Journal article
DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2022.102456
CONTRIBUTORS: Halfdan Lynge; Ferran Martinez i Coma

Constraints, competition, and competitiveness: explaining the non-linear effect of democratization on political budget cycles
European Political Science Review
2017-11 | Journal article
DOI: 10.1017/s1755773916000205
Part of ISSN: 1755-7739
Part of ISSN: 1755-7747
CONTRIBUTORS: Ferdinand Eibl; Halfdan Lynge-Mangueira

Electoral Confidence and Political Budget Cycles in Non-OECD Countries
Studies in Comparative International Development
2017-03 | Journal article
DOI: 10.1007/s12116-016-9230-x
Part of ISSN: 0039-3606
Part of ISSN: 1936-6167
CONTRIBUTORS: Max Ferdinand Eibl; Halfdan Lynge-Mangueira