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Mahama Tawat's teaching and research are concerned with migration, comparative social policy and global governance. Previous research has focused on Swedish, Nordic and Euro-African migration policies, and more recently governance at the UN and the concept of "one health" which connects animal, environmental and human health as well as social and applied sciences. Another line of interest is the comparative method. He holds a PhD in comparative public policy from the University of Otago in New Zealand and a master's degree in political sociology from Dalarna University. He also received postgraduate degrees in communication and European integration respectively from Stockholm and Malmö University. He has been a research associate at the Malmö Institute for the Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University. In 2021, he was appointed research fellow at the Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions (MAKIT), Montpellier University, France.