Nicklas Håkansson

Senior Lecturer

Journalism Media and Communication JMG
Visiting address
Seminariegatan 1B
41313 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 710
40530 Göteborg

About Nicklas Håkansson

Nicklas Håkansson is an associate professor in Media and Communication at JMG, and holds a PhD in political science from University of Gothenburg (2000).


  • Assiciate Professor, Media and Communication Studies, Göteborg University (current)
  • Senior lecturer, Political Science, Halmstad University 2003-2011
  • Senior lecturer, Media and Communication Studies, University West 2001-2003
  • Lecturer, Media and Communication Studies, University West 2001-2003
  • PhD Candidate, Dept of Political Science, University of Gothenburg 1996-1999
  • Guest researcher: Dept. of Politics and Economics, Nottingham Trent University 1997-1998; Institute for Social Research, Oslo 2002.

Research Areas

My research areas are to be found in the field of political communication; in particular political rhetoric/language and propaganda, and political journalism (its output as well as its preconditions and governing ideas). This strand of research is situated in the intersection of political science perspectives on democracy and the public sphere on the one hand, and perspectives on journalism and media change derived from media studies on the other.

Keywords: Political communication, political journalism, political rhetoric and propaganda, election campaigns

Current Research Projects

The mediatization of political accountability – media frames of environmental and industrial crises during four decades (with Bengt Johansson, Monika Djerf-Pierre and Mats Ekström). Financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

A century of election posters (Ridderstads Stiftelse). Participants: Bengt Johansson & Orla Vigsø, JMG, University of Gothenburg.

Previous Research Projects

Political Communication Cultures in Western Europe Intitiated within the Eurocores framework of the European Science Foundation (ESF). Head of project: Professor Dr Barbara Pfetsch, Freie Universität Berlin. The Swedish study is financially supported by the Swedish Research Council. Principal researcher: Nicklas Håkansson.

If Elected I Pledge…: Studies on Parties’ Election Pledges (Swedish Research Council 2008-11). Participants: professor Henrik Oscarsson, (Head of project), University of Gothenburg; Elin Naurin, PhD, University of Gothenburg.


Media and Communication Studies:

  • Bachelor programme + courses: political communication, public sphere, opinion analysis, media & elections

Programme coordinator for the International Masters Programme in Political Communication (POLCOM)

  • Political Communication 30 credits, Citizens, Politicians and the Media, 15 credits

Supervision of bachelor + masters theses in Media and Communicatino + Journalism

Supervision of PhD theses in Journalism, Media and Communication

Previous teaching: (University of Gothenburg, Halmstad University, University West): Research methods, Political Communication, Democratization, Theses supervision/examination (political science, social studies, media studies)


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