Lisbeth Aggestam

Senior Lecturer

Department of Political
Visiting address
Sprängkullsgatan 19
41123 Göteborg
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Postal address
Box 711
40530 Göteborg

About Lisbeth Aggestam


Lisbeth Aggestam is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Research (CERGU), University of Gothenburg. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Stockholm and held a lectureship at the University of Bath (UK) until 2013. Prior to that she was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and a Chevening scholar at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Aggestam works in the field of International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the ISA journal, Foreign Policy Analysis, published by Oxford University Press.

Her main research interests are foreign policy cooperation and integration in Europe. Her recent work focuses on the concept of political leadership in European foreign policy. She is particularly interested in institutional change and agency in EU leadership governance across a range of political issues, including Brexit, transatlantic relations and European security.

During the academic year 2021/22, Aggestam is on a research sabbatical (funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) to work on her forthcoming book with the provisional title, The Quest for European Leadership - Foreign Policy in a Turbulent World. She will be a visiting scholar at the European Studies Centre at St Antony's College, Oxford, in the autumn of 2021 and at the Center for European Studies, Harvard, in the spring of 2022.

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Research interests

  • Comparative foreign policy
  • Role theory and political leadership
  • The European Union as a global actor and power


(on sabbatical leave academic year 2021/22)

Aggestam is the convener of three courses:

  • EU2215: Europe in the World (MA, 15 hec)
  • EU2213: European integration: Current Research and Theory (MA, 10 hec)
  • EU1145: The European Union in International Affairs (7,5 hec)

Aggestam has supervised four PhD students to completion.

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