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Strategic 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. At the Department we have four excellent researchers. We are also hosting CeCAR, a project within the Vice-Chancellor’s initiative UGOT Challenges.

BO ROTHSTEIN

Bo Rothstein, 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
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Staffan I. Lindberg

Staffan I. Lindberg, 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
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Ann Towns

Ann Towns, Wallenberg Academy Fellow (2013) for her research on gender and diplomacy. Ann is Director for the research programme Gender and Diplomacy, Women 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
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Elin Naurin

Elin Naurin, 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: 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.