PhD in Political Science
Graduated in 2020
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Ulrika Bonnier received her PhD in Political Science at Northeastern University in 2020, specializing in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Her dissertation focuses on the link between trafficking in persons and corruption.
In addition to her academic research, Ulrika is an international policy expert on corruption, illicit trade and human trafficking. She is the author of several books on anti-corruption and public sector integrity issues, most recently Trafficking in Persons and Corruption: Breaking the Chain, published by the OECD in December 2016.
Ulrika is Director of Programs at the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT). Prior to joining TRACIT, Ulrika worked in the OECD’s Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development, where she advised governments on policy development and implementation in the areas of public sector integrity, anti-corruption and illicit trade.
Trafficking in Persons, Corruption, Illegal Wildlife Trade, Illicit Trade, Public Sector Integrity.
Degrees earned and institution
BA in Economics, Uppsala University
BA in Business Administration, Uppsala University
MA in Economics, Uppsala University
MA in Business Administration, Uppsala University
PhD in Political Science, Northeastern University
Bonnier, U. (2021). The Human Cost of Illicit Trade: Exposing Demand for Forced Labor in the Dark Corners of the Economy. New York: Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade.
Bonnier, U. (2021). The Link Between Illicit Trade and Sovereign Credit Ratings. New York: Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade.
Bonnier, U. & Bonnier, L. (2019). Mapping the Impact of Illicit Trade on the Sustainable Development Goals. New York: Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade.
OECD. (2017). OECD Integrity Scan of Kazakhstan: Preventing Corruption for a Competitive Economy.Paris: OECD Publishing (editor).
Bonnier, U. 2016. Trafficking in Persons and Corruption: Breaking the Chain. Paris: OECD Publishing.
OECD. 2016. Committing to Effective Whistleblower Protection. Paris: OECD Publishing (author of the draft report).
OECD. 2015. Financing Democracy: Funding of Political Parties and Election Campaigns and the Risk of Policy Capture. Paris: OECD Publishing (co-author of the draft report).
Kilnes, U. 2014. Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust Volume 3: Implementing the OECD Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying. Paris: OECD Publishing.
Kilnes, U. 2014. Revisiting Whistleblower Protection in OECD Countries: From Commitments to Effective Protection. OECD Public Governance Committee, 28 May 2014, GOV/PGC/ETH(2014)4.
Kilnes, U. 2013. Draft Report to Council: Progress made in implementing the Recommendation on Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying. OECD Public Governance Committee, 25 October 2013, GOV/PGC(2013)16.
Kilnes, U. 2013. Building trust through fairer decision making: In-depth report on progress made in implementing the Recommendation on Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying. OECD Public Governance Committee, 28 October 2013, GOV/PGC/ETH(2013)6.
Kilnes, U. 2013. Background Report to Explore a Framework for Combatting Corruption Related to Trafficking in Persons. OECD Public Governance Committee, 29 October 2013, GOV/PGC/ETH(2013)7.
Kilnes, U. 2013. Why integrity matters to Italy. In: OECD. Integrity Review of Italy – Reinforcing public sector integrity for sustainable economic growth. Paris: OECD Publishing.
Kilnes, U. 2013. Conflict of interest and asset disclosure. In: OECD. Government at a Glance 2013. Paris: OECD Publishing.
Kilnes, U. 2013. Chapter VII: Public Procurement. In: OECD. Government at a Glance 2013. Paris: OECD Publishing.
Van Seters, J., Gavas, M., Keijzer, N., Kilnes, U., Laporte, G. 2012. EU development cooperation under the Cyprus Presidency: How to make a difference? ECDPM Briefing Note 43, July 2012. Maastricht: ECDPM.
Kilnes, U. and Weijer F. de. 2012. Strengthening Civil Society? Reflections on international engagement in fragile states. ECDPM Discussion Paper 135, October 2012. Maastricht: ECDPM.
Kilnes, U. with Sherriff, A. 2012. Member States’ positions on the proposed 2014-2020 EU Budget – An analysis of the statements made at the 26th of March General Affairs Council meeting with particular reference to External Action and the EDF. ECDPM Briefing Note 37, April 2012. Maastricht: ECDPM.
Kilnes, U. 2012. Billions less for development? Analysing drivers and consequences of possible ‘zero growth’ scenarios for the 11th European Development Fund 2014 – 2020. ECDPM Briefing Note 35, March 2012. Maastricht: ECDPM.
Kilnes, U., Keijzer, N., van Seters, J. and Sherriff, A. 2012. More or less? A financial analysis of the proposed 11th European Development Fund. ECDPM Briefing Note 29, March 2012. Maastricht: ECDPM.
Kilnes, U and Hermansson, F. 2008. Knowledge transfer from expatriates – A study of MNCs’ exploitation of expatriates’ knowledge. Saarbrücken: Verlag Dr Müller.
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