Rebecca Engebretsen | Student | Profiles
Rebecca Engebretsen

Ms Rebecca Engebretsen

Research topic:
Political economy of resource-dependent countries; revenue management; financial sector development
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Global governance Institutions and organisations Public Policy Comparative Politics and Government  Political economy and international political economy 

Academic Profile

I am a doctoral candidate in politics at the University of Oxford (New College). My research interest is broadly on the political economy of development and I am particularly interested in the political economy of natural resource-rich countries. For my doctoral thesis I examine the drivers of financial sector development in oil-rich countries, drawing on data collected during fieldwork in Angola. I am also engaged in a project studying how low income countries navigate global banking standards at the Blavatnik School of Governance. 
I hold a BA in Development studies and Economics from the University of Oslo and a MA in International Political Economy (with distinction) from King's College, London.  
I contribute regularly as an external expert to Oxford Analytica's Daily Briefs and I am currently engaged as a research consultant on the extractive sector in Norway for the Natural Resource Governance Institute' Governance Index. Before commencing my doctoral studies I worked for the Norwegian Development Agency as part of the Oil for Development Programme. Previous to that I interned with the Energy, Environment and Resource Department at Chatham House and at UNESCO. 


New College Travel grant (2015,2016,2017)

Norman Chester Fund for 'the promotion of the study of government and politics and generally to further a science of politics within the university' (2015)

Santander Travel Award (2015)

Royal Air Maroc Africa Oxford DPhil Award (2015)

Joint Graduate Studentship in Politics and International Relations in association with New College: The David Gieve Scholarship (2014-2017)

Fridtjof Nansen Institute MA Scholarship (2013)





Engebretsen, R. (2016). “Why do we continue to care about international aid?” The New Collection 11(2016). New College: Oxford

Engebretsen, R. (2015, December 28). “How long can Angola hold on with low oil prices?” African Arguments retrieved from

Engebretsen, R and Zeitz, A. (2015). “Angola’s Financial Sector: A Roundtable Report”. Conference Paper, Jun 2015. University of Oxford: Oxford 


Conference Papers and Presentations

Engebretsen, R. (2016). "Bringing the oil sector in: The politics of Angola's foreign exchange law for the oil sector". Conference paper presented at the African Studies Association UK Biannual conference, Cambridge Sept 2016. 

Engebretsen, R. and Soares de Oliveira, R. (2016). “Political Economy of Banking Regulation in Angola and the Role of Global Banking Standards”. Workshop on LICs Navigating Global Banking Standards, Mar 7 – 8, 2016, University of Oxford