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Birgitta Niklasson

Senior lecturer

Birgitta Niklasson
Senior lecturer
+46 31 786 5844

Room number: B508
Postal Address: Box 711, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 41123 Göteborg

Department of Political Science (More Information)
Box 711
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Birgitta Niklasson

Research Interests

  • Steering, control, and autonomy of the public administration, with a special focus on the balance between democracy and professionalism, politicians and civil servants
  • Carrers in politics and civil service
  • Gender in politics and public administration

Ongoing Research

Birgitta Niklasson is leading a research project financed by FAS. The reserach projects focuses on the roles of political appointees in the policy processes at the Swedish and the Danish government offices. Other researchers in the project are Prof. Peter Munk Christiansen and Ph.D. Patrik Öhberg.

Niklasson is also in the process of finishing a postdoc project financed by VR. The postdoc was carried out in close collaboration with COBRA. The study is based on a comparative survey directed to a large number of Swedish agencies, but that has also been carried out in several countires all over the world. The survey questions regard the steering, control, and autonomy of public agencies. 


  • Public administration
  • Research methods


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The Gendered Networking of Diplomats
Birgitta Niklasson
The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Journal article 2020
Journal article


Female Ambassadors Breaking New Ground: A comparative Study of Ambassador Appointments 1970-2018
Birgitta Niklasson
Conference organised by Global Affairs Canada: "Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds: Women and the Search for a Global Order, 1919-2019", Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Effective, but not the same: A Study of Female Diplomats’ Access to Information through Instrumental Ties
Birgitta Niklasson
European Conference on Politics and Gender, panel “Gender and the Changing Dynamics of Diplomacy” , Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution


Sweden: civil servants and political advisers as adversaries
Birgitta Niklasson, Patrik Öhberg
Minister, Minders, and Mandarines: an international study of relationships at the executive summit of parliamentary democracies. Richard Shaw, Chris Eichbaum (red.), Northampton, Edward Elgar , Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

The Swedish MFA: Ready to Live Up to Expectations?
Birgitta Niklasson, Felicia Robertson
Aggestam K. & Towns A. E. (eds) Gendering Diplomacy and International Negotiation, Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Förbättrings- och värdegrundsarbete i hälso- och sjuk-vård – en fallstudie av Landstinget i Kalmar län.
Birgitta Niklasson, Jenny De Fine Licht
Styra och leda med tillit: Forskning och praktik, SOU 2018:38, Stockholm, Norstedts juridik, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Where Are the Female Ambassadors? Gender and Status Hierarchies in Ambassador Postings
Ann Towns, Birgitta Niklasson
Aggestam K. & Towns A. E. (eds) Gendering Diplomacy and International Negotiation, Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

The Empowerment of Women in Diplomacy
Ann Towns, Anne-Kathrin Kreft, Birgitta Niklasson
Alexander A. C., Bolzendahl C., Jalalzai F. (Eds.) Measuring Women’s Political Empowerment across the Globe, Springer, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book


Gender, Status, and Ambassador Appointments to Militarized and Violent Countries
Birgitta Niklasson, Ann Towns
Cassidy J. A. (ed) Gender and Diplomacy: Theory and Practice, Oxford, Routledge, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

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