PhD candidate, Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University (Roskilde, Denmark)
Research Interests: international relations, sovereignty, aid relations, the Chinese presence in Africa, Chinese development finance, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the International Monetary Fund
Languages: English, Swedish, French (fluent), IsiXhosa (conversant)
Bio: Johanna Malm (previously Jansson) is a PhD candidate in International Development Studies at Roskilde University in Denmark. Her dissertation draws on constructivist approaches to sovereignty and explores whether and how the Sicomines agreement, a Chinese commercial development finance offer, impacted the IMF’s ability to set norms in terms of public debt management in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The dissertation, entitled “When Chinese development finance met the IMF’s norms for public debt management in DR Congo,” is based on a total of five months of fieldwork in the DRC. Malm submitted her dissertation in December 2014 and will defend it during the first months of 2015.
Prior to starting her doctoral research, Malm was a researcher at the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. At the Centre for Chinese Studies she explored diverse aspects of the Chinese presence in African countries by means of fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, and Uganda. She authored and edited a variety of publications and gave numerous talks on the subject. Malm holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies (Umeå University, Sweden), a BA with Honours (cum laude) in Political Science (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), and a BA in political science (Lund University, Sweden).