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Maria Gustavson


Maria Gustavson received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Gothenburg in 2012, and is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science and the Quality of Government Institute. With comparative perspectives from the literature on organizations and the literature on development, her thesis, Auditing the African State –International Standards and Local Adjustments, discusses the implementation of international public audit standards in African contexts.

Area of interests

Public sector reforms in developing countries, in particular in Sub-Saharan Africa, the dynamics between international norms and local contexts, audit and democratic accountability and effects of audit on public sector performance.

Current research

Gustavson’s current research primarily focuses on the role of audit within the democratic state and the impact of audit on public sector performance. In one of her research projects, funded by the Swedish Research Council, she aims at theoretically develop concepts of what may be considered ‘good auditing’ of the public sector, develop country comparative measurable indicators and then empirically test if and how the way audit is organized impact public sector performance.


Gustavson has a broad teaching experience and she has taught in subjects such as public law, audit and evaluation in the public sector and organization theory. Today she is responsible for and teaches in the course Steering, Organization and Assessment (7.5 hp) within the preschool teachers program. The course is given as a part of the core courses in educational science for all teacher education programs at the University of Gothenburg.

Contact Information


Room, B506

+46 (0) 31-786 5190

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