Johan Eriksson

Johan Eriksson


International relations, specifically the politics of technology and expertise, space policy, and cybersecurity. I lead the project "Russia in Space".

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Social Sciences


I am Vice Dean of Faculty and Professor of Political Science at Södertörn University. My teaching and research focus on international relations in general, and politics and technology in particular. Current projects focus on the politics of outer space, cyber and digitalization of infrastructure.

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I am project leader of Russia in Space, which involves PhD candidate Roman Privalov to be concluded in the Spring of 2023. In this project we investigate inter alia visions of space exploration, connections between politics and popular culture, and what roles new private and public actors play in space. The project is funded by the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies (Östersjöstiftelsen). Read more ablout the project here External link, opens in new window..

Recent publications (2018-2023)


Eriksson, Johan and Lindy Newlove-Eriksson (2023) “Outsourcing the American Space Dream: SpaceX and the Race to the Stars”, Astropolitics (published online 5 April), open access:

Eriksson, Johan & Roman Privalov (2023) "Ryssland i rymden: nostalgi, futurism och stormaktspolitik", Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, 125(1): 99-120.

Giacomello, Giampiero & Johan Eriksson (2023) “Rise of the Nerd: Knowledge, Power and International Relations in a Digital World", in Digital International Relations, edited by Corneliu Bjola & Markus Kornprobst, Ch. 3. Routledge.


Eriksson, Johan & Giampiero Giacomello (2022) "Space and the New Iron Curtain", Crisis Response Journal, 17(3): 84-85. Available here External link. (or send me an e-mail for a free copy).

Aylott, Nicholas, Staffan Andersson & Johan Eriksson (2022) “Democracy and Technocracy in Sweden’s Experience of the Covid-19 Pandemic”, Frontiers in Political Science, 9 May 2022.

Eriksson, Johan and Giampiero Giacomello (2022) “Cyberspace in Space: Fragmentation, Vulnerability, and Uncertainty”, in The Politics of Cyber Security: Socio-Technological Transformations and Political Fragmentation, edited by Myriam Dunn-Cavelty and Andreas Wenger, Chapter 7, pp. 95-107. Routledge.


Eriksson, Johan and Roman Privalov (2021) “Russian Space Policy and Identity: Visionary or Reactionary?”, Journal of International Relations and Development, 24(2): 381-407.

Eriksson, Johan & Lindy M. Newlove-Eriksson (2021) “Theorizing Technology and International Relations: Prevailing Perspectives and New Horizons”, Ch. 1, pp. 1-21 in Technology and International Relations: The New Frontier in Global Power, edited by G. Giacomello et al. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Newlove-Eriksson, Lindy and Johan Eriksson (2021) “Technological megashift and the EU: threats, vulnerabilities and fragmentation of responsibility”, in The EU and the Technology Shift, edited by A. Bakardjieva Engelbrekt et al. Palgrave Macmillan.

Eriksson, Johan (2021) "Konstruktivism", kapitel 6 i Internationella relationer, red. Jakob Gustavsson och Jonas Tallberg, 4.e upplagan, ss. 121-138. Studentlitteratur.


Eriksson, Johan (2020) “Sweden: Small State, Middle Power or Moral Superpower?”, Ch. 9 in Middle Powers in Asia and Europe in the 21st Century, edited by Bertjan Veerbek and Giampiero Giacomello. Rowman & Littlefield. Available here External link, opens in new window..

Eriksson, Johan (2020) “Threat framing”, in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics: Crisis Analysis, edited by Eric K. Stern. Oxford University Press. Available here External link, opens in new window..

Eriksson, Johan and Lindy Newlove-Eriksson (2020) ”EU och det teknologiska megaskiftet: Hot, sårbarhet och fragmenterat ansvar”, in EU och det teknologiska skiftet: Europaperspektiv 2020, edited by A. Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, A Michalski and L. Oxelheim, pp. 35-61. Santérus förlag. Available here External link, opens in new window..


Eriksson, Johan & Gunilla Reischl (2019) “Worlds Apart, Worlds Together: Converging and Diverging Frames in Climate and Energy Governance”, Globalizations, 16(1): 67-82.

Demirel, Cağla and Johan Eriksson (2019) “Competitive Victimhood and Reconciliation: The Case of Turkish-Armenian Relations”, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 27(5): 537-556.


Newlove-Eriksson, Lindy, Giampiero Giacomello & Johan Eriksson (2018) “The Invisible Hand? Critical Information Infrastructures, Commercialization and National Security”, International Spectator, 53(2): 124-140.

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