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Aksel Sundström


Aksel Sundström
+46 31 786 1607

Room number: B428
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 Aksel Sundström

Associate professor (docent).

Sundström has two major research interests; 1) the relationship between corruption and effective environmental politics, especially in low-income countries, and 2) the study of political representation, focusing on the absence of women and youth in political institutions (such as parliaments, cabinets, and local councils).

He works partly with a project studying nature reserves that extend across national borders in southern Africa. The project investigates how transnational institutions create opportunities and challenges to reduce behaviors such as poaching.

Funded from the Swedish Research Council for the projects; “Corruption in Natural Resource Management” (main applicant), “Climate Change and the Prospects for Economic Growth” (with Martin Sjöstedt, Sverker C. Jagers and Pelle Ahlerup), “The Logics of Collective Action in Transnationally Protected Reserves” (with Sverker C. Jagers and Martin Sjöstedt).

Conducted a year-long research stay in 2017-2018 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, supported by the Swedish Research Council's international postdoc program.

Sundström's research has been published in a range of outlets, including, European Journal of Political Research, Governance, Party Politics and Public Administration.


PhD, Political Science, University of Gothenburg, 2015.

Visiting scholar at the University of Michigan, Spring 2015. Courses during PhD-program at universities in Oxford, Michigan, Keele, Ljubljana and Vienna.

M.A., Political Science, University of Gothenburg, 2011. Spent one semester as an undergraduate student at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


Nominated by University of Gothenburg to the 2019 Pro Futura program – Riksbankens Jubileumsfond’s effort to promote cutting-edge research in humanities and social sciences.

Shared third-prize in the essay competetion Intergenerational Justice Prize 2018 (with Daniel Stockemer).

Nominated to Elsevier's Atlas award for a co-authored article in World Development (Sundström et al. 2017), August 2017.

Young sustainability talent 2016, a recognition given to 33 persons in Sweden by the magazine Aktuell Hållbarhet.

The 2016 Eva Selin Lindgren memorial scholarship (given annualy to one researcher at Chalmers or GU).

Received the "best paper" prize at the Swedish Political Science Association’s meeting 2014.


Work experience as a journalist, foreign affairs reporting (example here).

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Exploring performance-related pay as an anticorruption tool
Aksel Sundström
Studies in comparative international development, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Women’s representation across different generations: A longitudinal analysis of the European Parliament
Daniel Stockemer, Aksel Sundström
Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Governing transboundary commons in Africa: the emergence and challenges of the Kavango–Zambezi Treaty.
Amanda Linell, Martin Sjöstedt, Aksel Sundström
International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Journal article 2019
Journal article


Gender aspects of government auditing.
Mattias Agerberg, Maria Gustavson, Aksel Sundström, Lena Wängnerud
Gender and corruption. Historical roots and new avenues for research., Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

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