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Aksel Sundström


Aksel Sundström
+46 31 786 1607

Room number: B431
Postal Address: Box 711, 405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 411 23 Göteborg

Department of Political Science (More Information)
Box 711
405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Aksel Sundström

Associate professor (docent).

Sundström's research deals mainly with the relationship between corruption in public authorities and the possibilities of effective environmental politics in low income countries. His doctoral thesis examined corruption in government bodies in South Africa that enforce environmental regulations. It used data from experimental surveys with resource users as well as in-depth interviews with bureaucrats.

Works as a postdoctoral researcher in a project studying reserves and parks that transgress national borders in southern Africa. The project investigates how such transnational institutions poses challenges and opportunities to reduce behaviors such as poaching and illegal logging. 

Apart from these interests, he has a general interest in comparative studies of political representation. With a certain focus on gender and politics Sundström has studied the presence of women in national legislatures, executive bodies as well as local authorities. He has, for instance, constructed a comparative dataset on women in local councils in Europe, as well as introduced a new measure of women's political empowerment, covering a global set of countries since the year 1900.

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 (PI), Sverker C. Jagers and Pelle Ahlerup), “The Logics of Collective Action in Transnationally Protected Reserves” (with Sverker C. Jagers (PI) and Martin Sjöstedt).


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 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a summer at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.

B.A., Political Science, University of Gothenburg, 2008.

B.A., Development Studies, University of Gothenburg, 2008.


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

Awarded 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.

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Age representation in parliaments: Can institutions pave way for the young?
Daniel Stockemer, Aksel Sundström
European Political Science Review, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Women's Empowerment at the Local Level
Aksel Sundström, Lena Wängnerud
Alexander A. C., Bolzendahl C. & Jalalzai F. (eds) Measuring Women's Political Empowerment across the Globe : strategies, challenges and future research , Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book


Women’s Rights in Democratic Transitions: A Global Sequence Analysis 1900–2012
Yi-Ting Wang, Patrik Lindenfors, Aksel Sundström, Fredrik Jansson, Pamela Paxton et al.
European Journal of Political Research, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Exploring performance-related pay as an anticorruption tool
Aksel Sundström
Studies in comparative international development, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Women’s political empowerment: A new global index, 1900-2012
Aksel Sundström, Pamela Paxton, Yi-Ting Wang, Staffan I Lindberg
World Development, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Corruption and Organized Crime in Conservation
Aksel Sundström, Tanya Wyatt
Gore M. L. (ed). Conservation Criminology, Wiley-Blackwell, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book


Women in cabinets: The role of party ideology and government turnover
Daniel Stockemer, Aksel Sundström
Party Politics, Journal article 2016
Journal article

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