- Humanities-Social sciences
Areas of research
- Sustainable Development
Political Science at Örebro University is characterised by a diversity of political science perspectives and areas of inquiry. The research environment is inclusive and open to a variety of research areas, theoretical perspectives, and methodological approaches. Our research connects to some of the central concepts in political science, such as the state, democracy, policy, participation and institutions. We conduct research within areas such as political theory, policy and planning studies, institutional theory, political socialisation, comparative politics, public administration, and political participation.
Research and teaching in political science are highly integrated, with teachers being involved in teaching subjects within which they conduct their own research. We offer courses in political science from the introductory to the graduate level. We offer a bachelor level programme in Public Administration and Leadership, a Master’s programme in Public Planning for Sustainable Development; and contribute to both the Social Studies Teacher Education Programme and the Urban and Regional Planning programme. We also have a successful Political Science PhD programme.
Political Science has a long tradition of conducting multi-disciplinary research and of being involved in cooperative projects with outside stakeholders. Adopting a diversity of perspectives – both from within and outside of academia as well as across disciplines – not only provides an important basis for making scientific advances, it also contributes with valuable knowledge that can be used to address important societal challenges and to create a better society.
Within political science there are two main areas of research.
Citizen participation, democracy and civic engagement
The focus of this research is primarily citizens in democratic contexts, and on how civic and political knowledge, values, attitudes, interests, and engagement form and develop. The research relates to several theoretical fields, such as political socialisation, civic education, political communication, political participation, and democratic innovation, civil society and social movements. The research stream encompasses quantitative studies, both longitudinal and cross-sectional, as well as qualitative studies of various kinds.
Governance, public policy and political institutions
Within this research stream the focus is on understanding changes of and within political and administrative institutions. By integrating studies of public policy, planning, public administration, governance, and institutional theory, we are able to provide a more comprehensive understanding of processes of policy formation, implementation, and evaluation, the development of new modes of governance, organisations, and public values, as well as of the shifting conditions for and roles of politicians, public officials, and citizens in “the policy politics” of modern government. The research is conducted within various policy fields on both the local and the national level, and encompasses both the development of theory and empirical studies.
Report on social impact:
Societal impact of political science research at Örebro University. Three case studies.
- Erik Amnå
- Cecilia Arensmeier
- Miles Davies
- Thomas Denk
- Daniel Drugge
- Ingemar Elander
- Björn Hammar
- Mikael Holmgren
- Erik Hysing
- Martin Karlsson
- Ann-Catrin Kristianssen
- Ann-Sofie Lennqvist-Linden
- Mats Lindberg
- Jan Olsson
- Per-Anders Svärd
- Tetiana Tymoshenko
- Tetiana Tymoshenko
- Carolin Zorell
- Owasim Akram, PhD student
- Melika Erika Bouhlel, PhD student
- Veronica de-Majo, PhD student
- Carl Görtz, PhD student
- Alessandra Paiusco, PhD student
- Marta Zdravkovic, PhD student
- A complete dataset of roll-call votes in the Swedish parliament, 1925-1993
- Advancing Strong Sustainability in the Nordic Social Science and Humanities (StrongSSH)
- Bad grades or failed? Swedish grading reforms and the discourse of students who fail school.
- Bridge-building in a divided society? Mapping the establishment of interreligious councils in Sweden.
- Building pervasive participation (b-Part)
- Challenges and opportunities of the sharing economy
- Citizen Centric e-Participation (CiCeP)
- Complex Interdependence in Historical and Comparative Perspectives
- Crime prevention and security-building work
- Decoding Education Policy: Computational Methods for Education Policy Research
- Does the ecosystem services approach matter? Evaluating its political and practical implications for Swedish biodiversity
- Evaluation of the Quality of Democracy
- Green public ethics: exploring and elaborating value conflict handling of public administrators
- Information Security Attitudes (ATTITUDE)
- Local implementation of Vision Zero for road safety
- Political consumerism: Consumer motivation and action with special reference to food consumption and sustainability
- Political Culture in Comparative Perspective: Composition and Significance
- Processes of Educational Standardisation and Transitions in a Global Environment (PRESTIGE)
- RESISTIRÉ: Responding to outbreaks through co-creative inclusive equality strategies (2021-2024)
- Road safety work in Latin America
- Setting the Agenda in the Swedish Riksdag: Partisan Politics and Commissions of Inquiry, 1971-2021.
- Social equality and road safety - a pilot study on disability and Vision Zero for road safety
- State-formation and Democratisation in Comparative Perspective
- Sustainable development from below
- Sustainable Internationalization? A Mini-public on Climate Change Measures in Academia
- Sutainable Development through Deliberation?
- The line between secondary and higher education
- The Rhetorical Reconstruction of Current Democratic Theory
- The Significance of Rhetoric in the Genealogy of the State: the Democratization of the Self