Dr Eyob Balcha  Gebremariam

Dr Eyob Balcha Gebremariam

LSE Fellow

Department of International Development

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Key Expertise
Development, Africa, Political Economy, Youth, Citizenship

About me

Eyob is an LSE Fellow at the International Development department. He holds BA in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Addis Ababa University, MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam and MA (Research) in African Studies from African Studies Center, Leiden University. Eyob completed his Ph. D. in Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester.  Before joining LSE, Eyob worked as a Teaching Assistant for two years on courses: Development Fundamentals, Politics and Governance of Development, Development Research, and Fieldwork at Global Development Institute (GDI), the University of Manchester. Eyob also hold a Matasa Fellowship position at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton from August 2016 – February 2017.

Eyob’s research interests include: Politics of Development, African Political Economy, Young people in politics, Youth, Youth Employment, Citizenship, Urban Politics, and Regional Integration in Africa. In his doctoral dissertation, Eyob questioned how the politics of building a developmental state in Ethiopia affects the citizenship of young people in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Current research projects include: examining the relationships between the Ethiopian ruling party and different social groups in Addis Ababa and their role for the political dominance of the party, and examining the impact of Ethiopian industrial parks on youth employment. Eyob is also launching a comparative research to study how dominant trends in the political economy of Ethiopia and Ghana are affecting the citizenship rights of young people.

Eyob teaches on the course DV435 – African Political Economy. He is fluent in English and Amharic. 

Selected publications

  • Gebremariam, Eyob Balcha. "The Carrot and Stick of Ethiopian ‘Democratic Developmentalism’: ideological, legal and policy frameworks" in The Democratic Developmental State: North-South Perspectives. Columbia University Press (2018)


  • Gebremariam, Eyob Balcha. "Addressing the Urban Youth Employment Challenge in Ethiopia." (2017). IDS Policy Briefing 138, Brighton: IDS.


  • Gebremariam, Eyob Balcha. "The Politics of Youth Employment and Policy Processes in Ethiopia." IDS Bulletin48, no. 3 (2017).


  • Gebremariam, Eyob Balcha, and Linda Herrera. "On Silencing the Next Generation: Legacies of the 1974 Ethiopian Revolution on Youth Political Engagement." Northeast African Studies 16, no. 1 (2016): 141-166.

Expertise Details

Politics of Development; African Political Economy; Young people in politics; Youth; Youth Employment; Citizenship; Urban Politics; Regional Integration in Africa