Isabelle Karlsson

Isabelle Karlsson

Doctoral student

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


Isabelle Karlsson is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of public diplomacy at the Department of Strategic Communication. Her research focuses on public diplomacy, discourse analysis and foreign policy.

Ongoing research projects

Isabelle Karlsson’s research mainly concerns Sweden’s public diplomacy and enactment of foreign policy discourse in the international arena. In her dissertation project, she studies how public diplomacy as a communicative practice makes meaning of foreign policy. The focus lies on the processes in which narratives and discourses of ideological issues in Sweden’s feminist foreign policy are constructed. 


Isabelle has published in the Journal of Place Branding and Public Diplomacy and has presented her research as part of the panel “Performing Gender in Public Diplomacy Discourses” at the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference in 2021. At the 2022 ICA Post-Conference, she presented her research as part of the panel “Emerging Scholars and New Research Directions in Public Diplomacy”. She also presented her research at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy during her research visit in 2023.


Isabelle has been a Ph.D. student at the Department of Strategic Communication at Lund University since 2019. She holds a Master's degree (M.Sc.) in Strategic Communication from Lund University and a Bachelor's degree (B.A.) in Communication Science and Sociology from Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, which included one semester at the University La Sapienza in Rome.

She has practical experience from various organizations and sectors. Among others, she worked with journalism, corporate communications and brand management in several countries. You can find out more about her here.


Isabelle is the 2021/22 recipient of the Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) Doctoral Dissertation Grant from the University of Southern California. 

For her Master thesis, in which she studied translationof feminism in Sweden’s nation branding, Isabelle earned The Gullers Grupp Award.

Isabelle acts as doctoral student representative in the Departmental Board at the Department of Strategic Communication. She is also the coordinator of the Lund University research group in public diplomacy at the Department. Isabelle teaches on financial communication, communication theory, and Sweden's foreign policy, and supervises students in their mid-studies-thesis (“b-uppsats”) on research methods and academic writing.

She has German and Swedish as mother tongues and also speaks Italian fluently.

Free keywords

  • public diplomacy
  • foreign policy
  • Feminist foreign policy
  • discourse analysis
  • strategic communication


Dive into the research topics where Isabelle Karlsson is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles