Welcome. I am an International Relations scholar focusing on international institutions, with special emphasis on legitimacy and resource allocation policies, particularly in the area of climate change. On this website, you can access my data and publications.
I am a Professor of International Relations at the Department of Economic History and International Relations at Stockholm University (SU). I obtained my PhD in political science from the University of Mannheim (Germany) in 2011. Since then, I have been postdoctoral fellow in political science at SU and 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 most recent book examines European spending effects on well-being and is entitled Is Europe Good for You? EU Spending and Well-Being (Policy Press, Bristol, 2021). I have also investigated resource allocation policies by other international organizations, such as UN Environment and the World Health Organization, on issues related to climate change. On this topic, I lead the 5-year research program Glocalizing Climate Governance.
My work on legitimacy focuses on legitimacy as an individual belief in that a political institution has the right to rule and exercises its authority appropriately. This social or sociological legitimacy has considerable implications for global policy. While low legitimacy levels can exert constructive pressure on international institutions to reform, without the durable foundational support conferred by legitimacy, institutions tend to struggle with handling critical transboundary policy challenges. My research uses survey data and experiments to investigate the patterns and sources of individual beliefs in the legitimace of global governance.


Google Scholar
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.