World map centered around Europe

Swedish Network for European Studies (SNES/LNU)

The Swedish Network for European Studies (SNES) at Linnaeus University (LNU) focuses on three main areas: Autocartization and European democracies, EU and international relations, and European integration EU institutions and decision-making processes.

The Swedish Network for European Studies (SNES) at Linnaeus University (LNU) belongs to the Department of Political Science and conducts research, educational projects and societal collaboration with focus on European Studies. The Swedish network SNES is one of three networks within the Swedish government's initiative to promote European studies and has been active since 1997.

Our research group consists of researchers conducting studies on European Studies and societal development in collaboration with national and international partners. In addition, we also run and develop courses and educational projects on European Studies, within the collaboration EUniWell as well as with international partners in Africa, America and Asian.

Our main areas of focus are:

1. Autocartization and European democracies

A first theme of research is the global change of autocratization that has come to challenge the liberal democracy in Europe. Autocratization has not only come to challenge liberal democracy in individual member-states, but also the normative community and the identity of the EU as well as its security.

2. EU and international relations

A second theme of interest is the EU as a regional and global political actor, with particular focus on EU external relations and foreign policy-making on democracy, security and integration. Studies concern the EU neighborhood and the relation to Russia as well as the role of the Union in the Middle East. 

3. European integration EU institutions and decision-making processes

A third theme of interest is EU institutions, decision-making processes and the implementation of policies within Union member-states. In a context of European integration and europeanization, studies focus on motives of actors when developing policies and the implementation of such policies within member-states based on EU laws and regulations.


We meet on the first Wednesday every month at 12.00 noon on campus in Växjö and/or via Zoom. If you have an interest to participate, please contact


Active researchers