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Densua Mumford

 Densua Mumford

Research topic:
The Power of Experts: Why Non-Democracies Create Regional Parliaments
Degree course:

Academic Profile

Densua completed her DPhil in International Relations at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Her thesis explains why regional intergovernmental organisations composed of non-democratic member states create regional parliaments. With the aim of process-tracing a set of comparative cases, she spent nearly eight months gathering original archived materials and interviewing officials across the African continent, especially those at the AU, ECOWAS, SADC, and COMESA. Her findings reveal that experts involved in treaty drafting processes create regional parliaments to democratise regional organisations according to their professional beliefs. Densua’s primary contribution to IR is an agency-focused theory of institutional design that emphasises the power of non-state actors - rather than structural diffusion, rational design, or the political values of member states - in the creation of international organisations.

More broadly, her interests include comparative regionalism, theories of institutional design, and theories of international relations. She has a particular fascination for the topic of economic integration in Africa.

Densua gained her Bachelors degree in Politics at the University of Nottingham, UK. She later completed a Masters in International Relations, which was jointly awarded by the University of Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Graduate Level
Methods I: Research Design and Data Collection, ETH Zurich (2017)
Comparative Regionalism (guest lecture), Maastricht University (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
International Relations (guest lecture), Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg (2016, 2017, 2018)

Undergraduate Level
International Relations in the Era of the Cold War, University College (2015) & St Edmund Hall (2016)
Theory of Politics, Worcester College (2015)


The Leverhulme Trust, Study Abroad Studentship, 2016/2017

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Postgraduate Studentship, 2013-2016

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), One Year Scholarship, 2012/2013

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), One Year Scholarship, 2011/2012


Mumford, Densua/Torsten J. Selck (2010) New Labour's Ethical Dimension: Statistical Trends in Tony Blair's Foreign Policy Speeches. In: British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 12 (2): 295 - 312

Ng, Joel/Mumford, Densua (2018): Economic Integration in Africa series, found here:

Dembinski, Matthias/Mumford, Densua (2012): Die Schutzverantwortung nach Libyen. In: HSFK-Standpunkte, 4/2012

Conference Papers and Presentations

Mumford, Densua (2017): The Power of Bureaucrat-Experts: Why Regional Intergovernmental Organisations Have Parliaments, Paper presented at ECPR Conference, Oslo, September 2017

Mumford, Densua (2017): The Role of the UN Economic Commission for Africa in the Creation and Transformation of Regional Integration in Africa. Paper presented at ISA Annual Convention, Baltimore, February 2017

Mumford, Densua (2015): Democratising Security. What Role for the Pan-African Parliament in the African Peace and Security Architecture? Paper presented at ISA Global South Conference, Singapore, January 2015