Elsa Hedling

Associate senior lecturer

Personal profile


I am an Associate Senior Lecturer in European Studies. I hold a PhD in Political Science from Lund University (2018).

Research areas:

My research takes place at the intersection of international relations, political sociology and media and communication studies. In past research projects I have explored the constitutive effects of digitalization on norms and practices in foreign policy and diplomacy. Among other phenomena, I have been interested in the use of social media within diplomatic organizations and communities of practice and in efforts to deal with or counter the malign effects of digitalization, most notably in the form of digital disinformation. My empirical research focuses on the European Union (EU), NATO and to some extent other international organizations such as the UN, the AU and G20. I have also conducted research on more broad themes within EU politics and Swedish politics.

Check out my Google scholar page for my academic publications.

I am currently participating in the VR-funded research project Postdigital propaganda  and in the EU Horizon Europe funded project ADAC.IO

I am also an affiliated member of the Europe program at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm and of the Psychological Defence Research Institute based at Lund University.

Teaching and administration:

I currently act as the program coordinator for the Master of Arts in European Studies and the Master of Arts in East and Central European Studies.

During the academic year 2023/2024 I teach the following courses: Introduction to European studies: Culture, Identity, History, The Meaning of Europe: Culture, Values and Identity, European Governance, Theory and Methodology, Master Thesis. I also teach Social Media and Democracy at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Graduate School. 

Before joining The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology in 2023, I have experience of teaching from the Faculty of Social Sciences from the Department of Political Science, the Department of Strategic Communication and Graduate School. 


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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Political Science


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