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Political science

Political science is the study of politics, power and democracy, and the shaping of societies through the constant interplay between cooperation and conflict. The focus of the field is society-wide: from the individual to the family and private to public institutions that regulate human life. The latter includes parliaments, governments, local and regional democracy and international organizations like the European Union and United Nations.

How do we make sure the transformation is just and fair?

Camilla Sandström’s research on climate and environmental policy landed her a UNESCO professorship.

Studying governance with a focus on crisis and conflict

Alma Livingstone is currently enrolled in the Master's Programme in Crisis Management and Peacebuilding.

European Representative Democracy (ERD)
The Representative Democracy Data Archive (REPDEM) includes the European Representative Democracy Data Archive and other world-leading databases fo...
Research area: Political science
Academia's role in the climate crisis

Arcum-affiliated Johan Örestig spoke in front of a large climate change protest in central Umeå.

Making waterways sustainable: A model for legitimate collaboration in Swedish hydropower
Research area: Political science
Duration 1 March 2023 until 28 February 2026
Type of project Research project
Elected Representatives as Victims of Crime: Legal and Institutional Paths to Protection and Remedies
Research area: Law, Political science
Duration 1 January 2023 until 31 December 2025
Type of project Research project
Peripheral Visions: When global agendas meet Nordic energy peripheries
Duration 1 September 2022 until 31 August 2025
Type of project Research project
Educational Leadership
Research is carried out on governance, leadership and support in different types of educational organizations and on the effects of these activities.
Environment and natural resource politics
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Research area: Political science
Municipalities, Regions and Public Sector Activities
The group investigates how public sector activities at local, regional and central levels are carried out.
Research area: Political science
Peace and Conflict Studies
The group focuses on how sustainable peace can be established and how crisis management can be organised.
Representative Democracy – institutions and political parties in Sweden, Europe and the EU
The central research question is how representative democracy at national and European levels responds to contemporary challenges.
Research area: Political science