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Mahama Tawat

  • Mahama Tawat has been at HSE University since 2014.

Education and Degrees

  • 2012

    PhD in Political Science
    University of Otago
    Thesis Title: Two Tales of Viking Diversity. A comparative Study of the Immigrant Integration Policies of Denmark and Sweden. 1960-2006, University of Otago, New Zealand.

  • 2006

    Master's in Comparative (European) Political Sociology (Denmark and Sweden Immigrant Integration Policies)
    Dalarna University

  • 2005

    Degree in European Integration (EU Development Policy)
    Malmo University

  • 2004

    Degree in International Communication
    Stockholm University

  • Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies (non degree)
    Uppsala universitet

Current Research Focus

  • Comparative public policy and administration. Integration, immigration and national minority policies. Areas: Sweden/Denmark, European Union and its multilateral partners.
  • Public sector reform and the quality of government in developing countries.
  • The Comparative Method. The Configurational Comparative Method (CCM) and ideational theory.

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Courses (2015/2016)

Courses 2017/2018

Research Workshop («Research Design»)(Master’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; programme "Comparative Social Research"; 1 year, 1, 2 module), HSE.

Research Workshop («Academic Practice»)(Master’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; programme "Comparative Social Research"; 1 year, 3, 4 module), HSE.

Migration and Development Faculty of Social Sciences; programme "Demography and Development"; 1 year, , 3 module), HSE.


Course 2016/2017

Research Design, QCA Analysis (Master’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; programme "Comparative Social Research"; 1 year, 1, 2 module)

Research Seminar (Master's thesis writing) (Master’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; programme "Comparative Social Research"; 2 year, 3 module)

Courses (2015/2016)
Courses (2014/2015)



Chapter Tawat M., Hellström A. Trouble in the Homeland: How Cultural Identity and Welfare Politics Merge in Contemporary Danish and Swedish Politics, in: Nostalgia and Hope: Intersections between Politics of Culture, Welfare, and Migration in Europe.. Switzerland : Springer, 2020. (in press)





Chapter Tawat M. The Ethics of Multiculturalism: A Reappraisal, in: International Perspectives of Multiculturalism: The Ethical Challenges. Nova Science Publishers, 2015. Ch. 1. P. 1-23. doi


Article Tawat M. Danish and Swedish immigrants’ cultural policies between 1960 and 2006: toleration and the celebration of difference // International Journal of Cultural Policy. 2014. Vol.  20. No. 2. P. 202-220. doi


Conferences, Workshops and Seminars

Panel member, Conference on Inequality and Diversity, HSE Saint-Petersburg, October 21-22, 2019. 


Would East Meet West? Refugee Policy in Eastern EU countries, 23rd International Conference of Europeanists, Resilent Europe ?, Philadelphia, PA, April 14-16, 2016.

"Ideational Theory: A Fruitful Terrain of Fertilization for Comparative Politics and Comparative Public Policy", 2nd International Conference on Public Policy, Milan, Italy, 2015.

"Understanding Convergence in Immigrant Integration Policies. The Cases of Denmark and Sweden Since 1960", 73rd Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2015.

"Culture Matters... for Policy Scholars too", seminar series "Culture Matters", International Laboratory for Socio-Cultural Research, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, 18 December 2014.

"Experts and Policymaking under Uncertainty. The Case of Sweden's First Multilateral Policy Provisions" Conference on Analytical Communities in Policy Advisory Systems at the Global and Local Level: Comparative Analysis of Policy Impact, May 27-29 2014, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.

"Two Peas in a Pod? Danish and Swedish Social Democratic Parties and the Integration of Immigrants.” Conference: Is Social Democracy Exhausted? Pathways, Reflections, Dilemmas, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, 17- 18 February 2012.


Tawat, Mahama, Two Tales of Viking Diversity: A Study on the Immigrant Integration Policies of Denmark and Sweden between 1960 and 2006, Public Policy Section, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 2011, Seattle, USA.

The Births of Danish and Swedish Cultural Integration Policies: Ideas from Policy Legacy in Denmark and Olof Palme in Sweden”, New Zealand Political Science Association Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, 30 November-1 December 2011.

The French Republican Model from 1789 to date”. Public Talk at Alliance Française, Dunedin, New Zealand, 14 July 2011.

“Why Different? A Study of Danish and Swedish Integration Policies since the mid-1960s”, International Conference on Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, 19-20 November 2009.

“Same but Different: A Comparative Study of the Integration Policies of Denmark and Sweden”, paper presented at the 14th Migration Metropolis Conference,  Copenhagen, Denmark, 14-18  September 2009.

“Ideas and Multiculturalism. A Comparative Study of the Cultural Integration Policy of Sweden and Denmark since 1969”, 12th Metropolis Migration Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 8-12 October 2007.

“Two Tales of Viking Diversity: Cultural Policies in Denmark and Sweden” presented at the New Zealand Political Studies Association, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 30-31 August 2007.

“Ideas and policymaking” - session on refugee policy, presented at Emerging Scholars Workshop, Swinburne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia 10-12 August 2007.

“Topics in African Emigration ”,workshop, Otago University, New Zealand, 25 May 2007.

Reviewer: Australian Journal of Political Science, European Yearbook of Minority Issues, Council for European Studies annual conference, Sage Open, African Journal of Politics and International Relations, Thomson Reuters survey of best ranking universities in the world.



Students' term papers/theses

-Dmitry Burykin: The Determinants of Germany’s Suspension of the Schengen Agreement during the 2015 Syrian Refugee Crisis (2nd year).

Yana Zdanovich: Reforming under Sanctions. The Mechanisms of Policy Change in the Russian and Iranian Oil and Gas Industries (2nd year).

-Anna Sedy: The Visegrad Countries’ Policy towards Russia during the 2014 Ukrainian Crisis and the 2015 Syrian Refugee Crisis. A Comparative Analysis (2nd year).

-Kristina Kosmodemyanskaya: US-Russian Educational Exchange since the 1940s. A Temporal Analysis (2nd year).

-Dauren Abdikhadirov: In Search of a Solution. The Kazakh Government’s Policy towards the Emigration of Ethnic Russians (2nd year).

-Eileen Lamptey: The EU-AU Joint Valletta Migration Policy: Mapping Out the Policy-Making Process (2nd year).

-Tamas Kiis: The Multi-level Governance of the EU Migration Blue Card Initiative in Hungary and the Czech Republic (1st year).

-Mariia Markova: Immigration News and Policymaking. The Case of the 2015 Calais Migrant Crisis (1st year).
-John Awolowusi: The Nigerian Government Policy Response to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Boko Haram Conflict. A Comparison of the Jonathan and Buhari Administrations (1st year).

-Alex Filatova: Types and Functions of Diasporas. Kyrgyz Communities in Russia, the US and Sweden (1st year).

Invited Professor, Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Bamberg, Germany, April 2019.

Research Affiliate, Malmö Institute for the Study of Migration, Diversity and  Welfare, Malmö University, Sweden.

Visiting Scholar, Centre for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS), University of California at San Diego, USA, April-May 2016.

Visiting Scholar and Guest Lecturer, Centre for European Studies and Institute for Migration Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, March - August 2014.

Visiting Research Fellow, European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Flensburg, Germany and Malmö Institute for the Study of Migration, Diversity and  Welfare (MIM), Malmö University, Sweden, September 2013-January 2014.

Teaching Assistant in French and Francophone culture, politics and society,   Department of Languages and Cultures, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2010-July 2013.

University Tutor for students with disabilities, Disability Information Support, University of Otago, New Zealand 2009 to July 2013. Selected courses: Introduction to public policy, Indigenous Politics: the Treaty of Waitangi, Scottish Migration.

Assistant Managing Editor, Otago French Notes, French studies journal, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2010-2012 (3 issues).

Teaching Assistant and Marker, course Introduction to International Relations  (Pols 104), University of Otago, New Zealand (Semester 1, 2010).

Research Assistant, November 2009-January 2010. Project: income-based inequality in India, South-Africa and Brazil, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Market Researcher, IMS Medical Radar, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 2006-February 2007.

Timetable for today

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International Spring School on Human Rights Debates Issues of Religion, Identity and Freedom of Conscience

In May, the HSE Voronovo Learning Centre hosted the International Spring School on Human Rights, a five-day educational retreat organized jointly by the HSE Department of Public Policy, the University of Bologna and the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Migration Expert Stresses Importance of Diversity Ahead of Panel on European Refugee Crisis

On October 22, the HSE Public Policy Department and the Course on Comparative Migration Policy will hold a panel discussion on the European refugee crisis. Dr. Mahama Tawat, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences and a specialist in comparative migration policy, will serve as one of the panel members. Dr. Tawat recently spoke with the HSE news service about his research interests, what attracted him to HSE and his views on tolerance and diversity.

HSE Political Scientists Discuss Their Research at APSA Meeting

In San Francisco, the 111th annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) – one of the largest international conferences in the field of political science – recently took place. Scholars from HSE presented their research on forum panels such as ‘Fiscal Politics in Federal Systems’, ‘Social Policy in Non-democracies: Dynamics of Social Policy Debates in Russia’, ‘Incumbents and Elections in Developing Countries’, and ‘Power in 21st Century World Politics’.

Focus on Migration

The HSE LooK welcomes aboard Mahama Tawat, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences