Carl Marklund

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Carl Marklund is a researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History. His research examines social planning, geopolitics and images of Sweden, e.g. in the Global South.

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Carl Marklund is a postdoctoral researcher at CBEES since August 2012. He holds a BA in political science from the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University external link(2000), an MA in international relations from the Department of International History, London School of Economics external link(2002), and a PhD in history from the Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute external link(2008). In his doctoral thesis external linkhe studied the concept of social engineering in Sweden and the USA during the interwar era.

After having obtained his PhD, Carl held a NordWelexternal link post-doc position at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinkiexternal link (2008–2010) comparing discourses on social planning in countries following different political ideologies and different economic systems, in particular Singapore and Sweden. In 2010, he was assistant professor at the Department of Political Science and Contemporary History, AGH University of Science and Technologyexternal link, Kraków. In 2010–2012 he worked with the project "Nordic Openness": Opportunities and Limits of a Consensual Political Culture external linkhosted at the Centre for Nordic Studies external link(CENS) and the Network for European Studies (NES), University of Helsinki and co-funded by NES and the Kone Foundationexternal link.

Carl has also been a visiting fellow at the Department of History, New York University external link(2005), Department of History, Columbia University external link(2006), United States Holocaust Memorial Museum external link(2009), Institute of Contemporary History, Södertörn Universityexternal link (2010), and Department of History, Stockholm University external link(2011).

Carls research interests focus on the relationship between different forms of social planning and social visions. In particular, he is interested in the impact of scientific knowledge production for the development of various policy fields. He has researched and published on the global image of the Nordic welfare states, Baltic-Nordic regionalism and the recent return of geopolitics in the Baltic Sea Region.

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