Astrid Norén Nilsson

Astrid Norén Nilsson

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My research examines Cambodia’s post-conflict reconstruction politics since the 1993 reintroduction of multi-party elections until present.

For my PhD research at the University of Cambridge, I explored the role of nationalist imaginings, discourses and narratives in Cambodia’s new political order. Based on this research, I published the monograph Cambodia’s Second Kingdom: Nation, Imagination, and Democracy (Cornell SEAP, 2016). For my postdoctoral research, I shifted to analyse Cambodia's political trajectory through the lens of citizenship. As part of the KITLV research project “From clients to citizens?”, I examined popular ideas of provision, political gift-giving, and citizen rights in the aftermath of the contested 2013 elections.

At Lund, I participated in the VR-funded research project "Civil Society Elites: New Perspectives on Civil Society in Cambodia and Indonesia" (2018-2020). I am currently the PI of a research project which looks at the impact of the pandemic on political developments in Cambodia (2022-24).  


Astrid supervises doctoral and masters' theses. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Free keywords

  • South-East Asia; Cambodia; democratization; autocratization; nationalism; the politics of memory; patron-clientelism; citizenship


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