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Swedish Network for European Studies – Lnu

The research environment Swedish Network for European Studies at Linnaeus University focuses on two different themes: Global Europe and European political entrepreneurship.

The European studies at Linnaeus University consist of political scientists who collaborate with national and international political scientists, economists and pedagogues. The environment is part of the national Swedish Network for European Studies in Political Science (SNES). SNES consists of Europe researchers from ten member departments in addition to Linnaeus University: Uppsala University, Malmö University, Lund University, Karlstad University, Umeå University, Linköping University, Dalarna University, Stockholm University, University of Gothenburg and Södertörn University.

Research manager: Daniel Silander

At Linnaeus University, the research environment Swedish Network for European Studies has two specific specialisations: Global Europe and European political entrepreneurship (leadership).

Theme 1: Global Europe

During the last few years, the European studies at Linnaeus University have had special focus on the EU as a regional and global foreign policy actor. In our research we have analysed EU's relations with candidate countries and EU's so-called neighbourhood politics, in particular the politics eastward. Focus has primarily been on EU's foreign policy relations concerning democracy promotion, security policy, and integration. Our research has also touched upon the EU as a global actor, with interest for the EU in relation to other major powerful actors when it comes to acting in connection to security policy crises. National and international researchers have been invited to collaborate with us on the research projects, which has contributed to a breadth and depth in our research.

In addition to the researchers at SNES and a number of other Swedish higher education institutions, international partners from a number of universities have participated, for instance: University of Sunshine Coast (Australia), University of Central Missouri (USA), Western Carolina University (USA), Webster University (USA), University of New Hampshire-Manchester (USA), Northumbria University (UK), Instituto Mora, (Mexico) and the European Commission in Brussels (Belgium).

Current projects

  • From Rwanda to Aleppo – Great Powers, Human Security and the Responsibility to Protect
  • The European Neighborhood on Democracy and Security – initiatives, impact and implementation

Recently concluded projects

  • Major Powers and The Politics of Global Climate Change—State and Human Security
  • International Organizations and the Rise of ISIL
  • Svensk politik och EU
  • International Organizations and the Implementation of the Responsibility to Protect – The humanitarian crisis in Syria
  • Challenges for Transatlantic Relations in a Global World
  • The European Neighboorhood Policy: democracy and security

Assisting research manager: Martin Nilsson

Theme 2: European political entrepreneurship

European political entrepreneurship is a relatively newly-established research specialisation within the environment Global Europe. The research was initiated in 2015 with strategic support from the faculty of social sciences as part of Linnaeus University's venture on the entrepreneurial university.

Within the academic world, the study of entrepreneurship has traditionally taken place within economics and business administration. Being an entrepreneur has been synonymous with being driven, forward-looking and goal-oriented; a successful symbol for a growing economy, regionally and/or nationally. Our overall task is partly to enrich established entrepreneurship research with in-depth knowledge about conditions and enterprising by studying political entrepreneurship, and partly to study political entrepreneurship at the international level within the European collaboration.

Research is carried out in collaboration with researchers in political science and economy at other Swedish universities and university colleges. It has resulted in collaborations with researchers at Blekinge Institute of Technology, Jönköping International Business School, University of Gothenburg and Mid Sweden University. These researchers make up an invaluable support within the environment.

The research environment has recently expanded internationally through collaborations with University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, University College Østfold, Noway and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. The environment has been invited to Special Sessions at Uddevalla Symposium – Högskolan Väst in June 2017 and at Luleå University of Technology in June 2018.

Current projects

  • Europe 2020: smart, sustainable and inclusive growth – assessing agenda 2020 and European political entrepreneurship for a prosperous European economy

Recently concluded projects

  • European Governance and Political Entrepreneurship in Economic Crisis
  • Political Entrepreneurship
  • Regional Growth and Entrepreneurial Diversity in Sweden
  • Politiskt entreprenörskap – den offentliga sektorns sätt att skapa bättre förutsättningar för entreprenörskap lokalt, regionalt och nationellt

Assisting research manager: Charlotte Silander

SNES – European studies

SNES is one of three networks within the Swedish government's initiative to promote European studies and has been active since 1997. The board consists of Anna Michalski, Uppsala (chairman); Daniel Silander, Växjö/Kalmar; Linda Berg, Gothenburg; Sofie Blombäck, Gothenburg; Magnus Blomgren, Umeå; Niklas Bremberg (adjunct coordinator), Uppsala (doctoral student representative); Karl Magnus Johansson, Södertörn; Karin Leijon, Uppsala (doctoral student representative); Magnus Lindh, Karlstad; Ulrika Mörth, Stockholm; Lars Niklasson, Linköping; Bo Petersson, Malmö; Maria Strömvik, Lund and Mats Öhlén, Dalarna.