|Ellen has conducted fieldwork and implemented surveys in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia. She has authored numerous books and articles, including most recently, Safer Field Research in the Social Sciences: A Guide to Human and Digital Security in Hostile Environments, (London: SAGE, 2020) in collaboration with Jannis Grimm, Kevin Koehler, Ilyas Saliba, and Isabell Schierenbeck.
Her current research is aimed at developing local governance indicators and examining the role of social institutions in governance. Much of her recent work has been done through the use of the GLD-developed Local Governance Performance Index and it's associated surveys. In 2020, she also spearheaded phone-based surveys to study the impact of Covid-19 on local governance perceptions in Malawi and Zambia. Foundations such as the Moulay Hicham Foundation, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the Swedish Research Council have supported her work. More at https://gld.gu.se.