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Excellent Political Science Research

The Vice-Chancellor supports excellent research at the University of Gothenburg by strategic co-funding to researchers who receive grants from specific research programmes, such as ERC, Wallenberg Scholars and Wallenberg Academy Fellows.

Bo Rothstein

Bo Rothstein is a professor of political science and a Wallenberg Scholar (2010) for his research on the quality of political institutions, trust and corruption. Bo is one of the founders of The Quality of Government Institute (QoG). He has also received an ERC Advanced Grant (2013) for the research project The Performance of Democracies.

Interested to learn more about Bo's research? Read the interview Finding a way to beat corruption, at the website of Knut and Alice Wallenbergs Foundation.

Bo Rothstein
Bo Rothstein
Photo: Johan Wingborg

Ellen Lust

Ellen Lust is a professor of political science and founder and leader of the research program Governance and Local Development (GLD). The research at GLD aims to explain variations in political governance and local development in an attempt to promote human welfare globally.

Ellen Lust was a former professor at Yale University in the United States. She was recruited to the University of Gothenburg in 2014, with support from the Swedish Research Council. The recruitment took place within the framework of a government initiative that would make it possible for Swedish universities to employ top international researchers.

 

Ellen Lust
Ellen Lust
Photo: Johan Wingborg

Staffan I. Lindberg

Staffan I. Lindberg is a professor of political science and a Wallenberg Academy Fellow (2013) to lead Varieties of Democracy’s international research team, to develop the V-Dem Methodology and to found the V-Dem Institute, for which he is Director.

Wallenberg Academy Fellow Prolongation (2018) to lead the research project Endangered Democracies: Sequences of Autocratization.

ERC Consolidator Grant (2017) for his research on democratization and the project Failing and Successful Sequences of Democratization.

National Research Infrastructure (2020) from the Swedish Research Council for Demscore, a consortium consisting of several high-profile research infrastructures in Sweden.  

Interested to learn more about Staffan's research? Read the interview Measuring democracy in 400 ways, at the website of Knut and Alice Wallenbergs Foundation.

Staffan I. Lindberg
Staffan I. Lindberg
Photo: Johan Wingborg

Ann Towns 

Ann Towns is a professor of political science and a Wallenberg Academy Fellow (2013) for her research on gender and diplomacy. Ann is Director for the research programme Gender in Diplomacy (GenDip).

Interested to learn more about Ann's research? Read the interview Female diplomats clash with male norms, at the website of Knut and Alice Wallenbergs Foundation.

Ann Towns
Ann Towns
Photo: Johan Wingborg

Elin Naurin

Elin Naurin is a professor of political science and a Wallenberg Academy Fellow (2017) for her research on how the individual’s views of society are impacted by pregnancy and childbirth. Elin is Director for the research programme Gothenburg Research Program on Pregnancy and Politics (PregDem).

Interested to learn more about Elin's research? Read the interview Pregnancy and the perceptions of politics, at the website of Knut and Alice Wallenbergs Foundation.

Elin Naurin
Elin Naurin
Photo: Magnus Bergström, Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse

The European Research Council's (ERC) mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.

The programme focuses on Sweden’s leading senior researchers. The research is funded by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Wallenberg Academy Fellows is a long-term programme that addresses young researchers. The research is funded by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Collective Action Research

UGOT Challenges is a unique research initiative where the University of Gothenburg invests 300 million SEK in six multidisciplinary research centres. One of them, Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR) is hosted by the Department of Political Science. The centre focuses on one of the most pressing challenges of today: Large-Scale Collective Action (LSCA). This is a challenge that needs to be addressed in order to overcome most of our current social, environmental and health problems.