Per Ekman

Research coordinator at Department of Government, Graduate Students

+4618-471 7155
Visiting address:
Östra Ågatan 19
753 22 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 514
751 20 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Per Ekman is a Ph.D. Candidate in political science and Research Coordinator for the Swedish Network for European Studies in Political Science.

Per’s research is situated within the fields of comparative and international politics and primarily deals with foreign and security policy, democratization and development. Empirically he studies Ukraine, Georgia and Russia. He was a visiting scholar at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University, 2019/2020.


My research interests include topics related to foreign and security policy, state building, comparative politics, democratization, conflict studies, and history, primarily within the former Soviet Union. Main area focus: Ukraine, South Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) and Russia. I have experience from traveling in the region as well as from longer field visits in Ukraine and Georgia.

Main methods: qualitative methods, comparative historical analysis, process tracing and elite interviews. For my dissertation I have interviewed over 70 politicians diplomats and experts within Ukraine and Georgia's foreign policy elites, as well as American and EU diplomats.


Occasionally, I comment on current political affairs in the media related to Ukraine and the South Caucasus. I have also written for Utrikesmagasinet and Baltic Worlds.


I am a head teacher and lecturer on a course in international politics on the undergraduate level. I also supervise undergraduate students.


I have a master in political science from Uppsala University. I have previous working experience from the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations, New York, and from the civil society sector in Georgia.

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Per Ekman