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Johan Eriksson

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Johan Eriksson
Alfred Nobels allé 7
Södertörns Högskola
Phone: +46 8 608 4267
Fax: +46 8 608 4340
ME 621 Moas Båge

I am Professor of Political Science at Södertörn University. From 2012 until 2015 I was Research Director at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. My research interests cut across International Relations and Comparative Politics, specifically (1) the politics of expertise, and (2) power, technology and territoriality in a globalized world.

My current research is largely focused on space policy. This includes visions of space settlements, how space is and should be governed, and what roles new private and public actors play in space. The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies has approved funding for a new research project on Russian space policy, starting in the Fall of 2018. More project information is available here: http://ostersjostiftelsen.se/projekt/657-russia-in-space--continuity-and-change-in-russian-space-policy

Here is a podcast (in Swedish), in which I talk about space policy:


Empirically my research has covered a wide spectrum of issues, including the politics of threats in Swedish security policy, scholarly ideas and US foreign policy, Basque and Sami ethnoterritorial politics, Internet security and power in cyberspace, space policy, and the politics of chemicals expertise in the European Union. I am the author of approximately 120 texts, including seven books and numerous peer-reviewed articles, chapters in edited volumes, research reports and popular science texts. 

I have been a visiting research fellow at Columbia University, and Leiden University, and I have been invited as guest lecturer at universities and institutes in Europe, North America and Asia. I have been a board member of EISA (European International Studies Association), SGIR (ECPR Standing Group of International Relations), NISA (Nordic International Studies Association), the IR section of the Swedish Political Science Association, and the Scientific Advisory Council at the Swedish Emergence Management Agency.