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Lisbeth Aggestam


Lisbeth Aggestam is associate professor in political science at the Department of Political Science and Centre for European Research (CERGU), University of Gothenburg. She received her PhD in political science at the University of Stockholm in 2005. She held a lectureship at the University of Bath (UK) between 2008-2013. Prior to that she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and a Chevening scholar at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Aggestam is a member of the editorial board of the ISA journal Foreign Policy Analysis.

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Research interests

Aggestam works in the field of International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis. Her research is theory-driven with an ambition to explain and understand foreign policy change.
Her main research interests are:

• Comparative national and European foreign policy
• The European Union as a global actor and power
• Sociological role theory and political leadership
• Ethics in international relations
• Social media and diplomacy

Current research

Aggestam is currently working on a research project entitled The Leadership Paradox in EU Foreign Policy, which is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Swedish Foundation for the Humanities and Social Sciences) for the period 2015-2017. Aggestam has recruited Dr Markus Johansson as research assistant during the first year of the project to survey leadership role relations between Member States and EU institutions.


Aggestam teaches in the field of International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis and European Studies. She convenes two courses at the Department of Political Science and the Centre for European Studies:

EU2215: Europe in the World (MA 15 hec)
SK 1136: Foreign Policy Analysis (UG 7,5 hec)

Aggestam supervised two PhD students to completion when working at the University of Bath, UK. In Sweden, Aggestam supervises two PhD students: Ketevan Bolkvadze (University of Gothenburg) and Elsa Hedling (University of Lund).

Recent publications

Aggestam has written and edited 3 books and over 30 journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent publications are listed below. For a full list of publications – see CV.

• Lisbeth Aggestam, (forthcoming 2016), Power and leadership in European foreign policy: Britain, France and Germany, London: Routledge.

• Lisbeth Aggestam (2015), ‘Transformative power or political dwarf? European leadership and global imbalances’, in A. Bakardjieva Engelbrekt et al (eds.), The EU’s Role in Fighting Global Imbalances, Cheltenhamn: Edward Elgar.

• Lisbeth Aggestam and Adrian Hyde-Price (2015), ‘A Force for Good? Paradoxes of Swedish Military Activism’, in Jon Pierre (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

• Lisbeth Aggestam, ed. (2014), ‘European leadership in transition and crisis’, CERGU Working Paper 2014: 2.

• Lisbeth Aggestam and Mikaela Kumlin-Granit (2014), ‘Ledarskap inom EU:s utrikespolitik’, in L. Berg och R. Lindahl (red.), Förhoppningar och farhågor – Sveriges första år i EU. Göteborg: Centrum för Europaforskning.

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