Johan Wänström

Senior Lecturer

My research interests concern politics on municipal and regional level. From a municipal strategic perspective, I study coalition building processes, political leadership as well as democratic participation in planning and decision-making processes.


I am primarily doing research within three areas:

  • Political decision making and management in a new municipal parliamentary landscape
  • Citizen reactions to controversial local political decisions
  • The interaction between senior politicians and officials in municipalities

Bookchapter in english

“Communicative Planning Processes – Involving the Citizens” in Mats Johan Lundström, Charlotta Fredriksson and Jacob Witzell (eds) “Planning and sustainable urban development in Sweden”, Föreningen för samhällsplanering, 2013, ISBN: 978-91-637-3083-2

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Academic Degrees
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  • Ph.D. Culture and Society, Linköping University, 2009.
  • Ph.D. Communication, University of Oklahoma, 2006.
  • Master, Communication, University of Oklahoma, 2002.
  • Bachelor. Communication, University of Oklahoma, 1999.
  • Bachelor. Political Science, University of Oklahoma, 1999.
  • Bachelor. Political Science, Linköpings Universitet, 1996.

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