Photo of Per-Anders Forstorp

Per-Anders Forstorp


I am a researcher in communication, media and culture and my research interests follows two tracks: communication and media in social and cultural perspectives; and studies of knowledge and learning practices in the context of higher education. 


My present research has to do with ostensibly global processes and changes and transformation in educational landscapes.

My main research interest gravitate around communication, mediation and representation in social and cultural perspectives. In particular focus are issues concerning content as well as different perspectives on the content in terms of knowledge/non-knowledge as they are articulated and evaluated by different actors.

The research concerns the understanding of production, reproduction and circulation of knowledge, and the conditions for this both in institutionalized and more informal settings. Recently, in the context of research on higher education, I have studied changes and transformations of individual and collective educational landscapes that has to do with ostensibly global processes: for instance, international mobility among students, the emergence of a variety of (state and private) actors in higher education, corporate universities, regimes of knowledge, ideologies of knowledge, implications of market oriented governance of higher education, etc. My studies in the field of higher education are based on data collection and fieldwork in Sweden, Norway, Russia, India, and UAE.

Collaborative research

I am conducting several projects (Swedish Research Council) on higher education and globalization together with Ulf Mellström at Karlstad University.
With researchers from Sweden, Norway and Northwest Russia, I am part of the research network NORRUSS (Norwegian Research Council) in the project “Higher Education in the High North”, i.e. educational exchanges in the Arctic Barents Region.

Courses on Research Supervision at Didacticum

I am also active at Didacticum, particularly with the cross-faculty courses on research supervision. 


Academic background and assignments

Academic degrees

  • Master of Arts and Teacher’s Qualification (Swedish, Religious studies, History), Uppsala University 1984.
  • PhD (Communikation), Linköping University, 1992.
  • Visiting fellow (linguistic anthropology) University of California, Los Angeles, 1994 (Knut and Alice Wallenberg Postdoctoral Fellowship).
  • Docent (Associate professor) (Communikation), Linköpings universitet, 2004.
  • Visiting professor (kommunikation och medier), University of Iowa, 2004 (2003-2004 The American Scandinavian Foundations Visiting Professor from Sweden).
  • Associate Professor (Kultur och mediegestaltning), Linköping University, 2014.


  • I am a working member of an evaluation committee at the Swedish Research Council.
  • With Ann Lantz (KTH) and Minna Räsänen (Södertörn University College) I am supervising the PhD-student Rebekah Cupitt at KTH (planned dissertation Fall 2015) . 


  • Masters- and Magisterprogram in Culture and media production , Bachelor program in Culture, society and media production.




Per-Anders Forstorp (2023) Vad vi vet (och inte vet) om ignorans


Rebekah Cupitt, Per-Anders Forstorp, Ann Lantz (2019) Visuality Without Form: Video-Mediated Communication and Research Practice Across Disciplinary Contexts Qualitative Inquiry, Vol. 25, p. 417-431 Continue to DOI


Per-Anders Forstorp, Jörgen Nissen (2011) The Contents and Organization fo Cross Boundary Learning: Main Findings
Per-Anders Forstorp (2011) Makten över Folkvettet: Skeptiker i svensk offentlighet
Per-Anders Forstorp (2011) Fem essäer om rätt och kommunikation