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Johan Wänström

Associate Professor

I study the interaction between different actors in municipal and regional settings: the co-operation between elected representatives and voters, between politics and administration, between political parties, and between municipalities and regions.


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

Book chapter 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


ORCID 0000-0002-3041-3485




Academic Degrees

  • 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, Linköping University, 1996.