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Aksel Sundström

Senior lecturer

Aksel Sundström
Senior lecturer
+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) and senior lecturer.

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).

Besides a focus on comparative politics, his has wide experience of field research work in South Africa. His dissertation studied the problem of local bribery among officials in natural resource governance (example here).

Leads a project that investigates to what extent the establishment of protected areas in African countries has effects on local corruption. Also works with a project studying nature reserves that extend across national borders. He has received funding from the Swedish Research Council for four projects, both as main applicant and co-applicant.

Conducted a year-long stay in 2017-2018 as a Democracy Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, supported by the VR postdoc program.

Sundström is working on a book project titled Youth without representation, which examines young adults’ presence as candidates, legislators and ministers around the world (with Daniel Stockemer).

He is responsible for developing the Quality of Government datasets and overseeing the work of the QoG data team.

His research has been published in a range of outlets, including, European Journal of Political Research, Governance, Party Politics and Public Administration (see Google Scholar).


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.

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 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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Conceptualizing, measuring and explaining youths’ relative absence in legislatures
Aksel Sundström, Daniel Stockemer
PS, Political Science & Politics, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Boys’ club or good ol’ boys club? Corruption and the parliamentary representation of young and old men and women
Daniel Stockemer, Michael Wigginton, Aksel Sundström
Parliamentary Affairs, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Quotas, the electoral system type and the election of young women
Daniel Stockemer, Aksel Sundström
Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, Journal article 2020
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

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

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