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Michael Buehler
Associate Professor in Comparative Politics , Higher Education
London, United Kingdom
Fluent in English, German, and Indonesian, with proficiency in French and Spanish, I bring 17 years' experience in governance, M&E, and political analysis. Expert in project management, team assembly, and applying both quantitative/qualitative research methods. Actively seeking consultancy and permanent roles.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Finance/Accounting, Procurement
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Government, Governance, Reforms
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
I am a skilled academic and consultant with a doctorate from The London School of Economics and Political Science. I serve as an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

My expertise lies in Southeast Asian politics, with a particular focus on state-society relations during democratization and decentralization. I have a deep understanding of good governance, anti-corruption, sustainability, and climate change adaptation, which contributes to my practical knowledge of institutional reform and capacity building.

Beyond my academic pursuits, I bring to the table 17 years of consulting experience. I've tackled crucial issues like aid efficiency, corruption eradication, and institutional reforms. As a seasoned project manager and team leader, I excel in assembling and managing teams to oversee monitoring and evaluation programs, evaluability studies, meta-evaluations, survey design and implementation, and conducting key informant interviews.

My consultancy work has a wide reach, impacting regions such as Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Northern Africa, and the Middle East. I have collaborated with significant organizations, including the Asia Foundation, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Transparency International, UNDP, USAID, and the World Bank. I also provide political risk assessments for businesses operating across Asia and contribute to briefs on political and economic developments for Oxford Analytica.

My unique blend of academic knowledge, practical experience, and leadership skills position me as a leading figure in my field. My work mirrors my commitment to understanding the political landscape and leveraging that knowledge to effect meaningful regional and global change. Through my efforts, I continually strive to foster a more equitable and sustainable world.

PhD in Political Science - The London School of Economics and Political Science (2008)
Affiliations and Achievements:
In an ideal role, I could effectively leverage nearly two decades of experience in development cooperation within countries of the Global South. Each day, I am aware that my work directly and positively impacts people's lives. My focus on anti-corruption, governance, and political and institutional reforms positions me as an essential catalyst in fostering a more equitable and transparent world.

A vital component of my work lies in analyzing intricate relationships. Unearthing patterns and connections is not just an occupational task; it's my passion. Presenting analytical outcomes to a diverse audience, ranging from political decision-makers to the public, is a challenge that invigorates me. My skill lies in distilling complex information into an accessible and engaging format, enabling findings to be genuinely understood and applied.

What elevates this role for me is the opportunity to contribute my over a decade's teaching experience at European and American universities. Through workshops, lectures, and potentially structured teaching sessions, I can share my knowledge and passion with the next generation. This mentorship role provides me the chance to impart my wisdom and simultaneously learn from fresh perspectives.

I collaborate closely with an interdisciplinary team, relishing in the inspiring and creative atmosphere. My colleagues value my experience, and I, in turn, appreciate their diverse backgrounds and ideas. Collectively, we work towards shaping a brighter future.

This role provides the equilibrium I seek in my career – a balance between personal satisfaction and professional challenge. It is an environment conducive to growth, a platform for teaching, an arena for analysis, and an opportunity to effect real, significant change.

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Spanish, German, Indonesian
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