Welcome. I am an International Relations scholar focusing on legitimacy, distribution, and climate cooperation in global governance.
I am a Professor of International Relations at the Department of Economic History and International Relations at Stockholm University. I obtained my PhD in political science from the University of Mannheim (Germany) in 2011. Since then, I have been postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University and at the Stockholm Resilience Center, and I have been visiting fellow at Duke University, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Bergen, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, among others.
My PhD dissertation dealt with resource allocation for regional development through the European Union budget. Since then, I have written several articles and a book about European Union spending. My recent book examines European spending effects on well-being and is entitled Is Europe Good for You? EU Spending and Well-Being (Policy Press, 2021). I have also investigated resource allocation policies and governance by other international organizations, such as UN Environment and the World Health Organization, on issues related to non-state actor participation and climate change.
My work on legitimacy focuses on the public belief that a political institution exercises its authority appropriately. This perceived legitimacy has considerable implications for global policy. Weak legitimacy can mean that political institutions feel reform pressures, but without legitimacy, institutions tend to struggle with handling critical policy challenges. My research uses survey data and experiments to investigate the patterns and sources of individual beliefs in the legitimacy of domestic and global governance. My recent book with Jonas Tallberg, entitled Legitimacy Politics: Elite Communication and Public Opinion in Global Governance, has appeared in 2023 with Cambridge UP.


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Blogs at LSE Blog for European Politics and Policy, GlocalClim, and LegGov
Recent webinars about climate adaptation and international organizations at the Bolin Days or the London Climate Action Week
Associate editor of Political Studies and Interest Groups & Advocacy


Stockholm University, Department of Economic History and International Relations, SE-10691 Stockholm. Or email me.