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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.

Studying governance with a focus on crisis and conflict
Studying governance with a focus on crisis and conflict

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

“Our discussions in class are not that different from what is actually happening at a professional research conference.”
“Our discussions in class are not that different from what is actually happening at a professional research conference.”

Yannick Stephan is currently enrolled in the Master's Programme in Political Science at Umeå University.

Making Tomorrow’s Leaders: Youth Movements of Right Wing Populist Parties
Research subject: Political science
1 January 2017 until 31 December 2020
Research project
The decline of Swedish Social Democracy 1973-2014
Research subject: Political science
1 January 2017 until 31 December 2018
Research project
Varieties of Peace
1 January 2017 until 31 December 2024
Research project
On-going research-based evaluation of EIP-Agri
Research subject: Political science
30 November 2016 until 31 December 2021
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 subject: 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 subject: 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 subject: Political science