Joakim Gullstrand

Professor, Head of Department

Personal profile

Professional work

At the core of my experience as an academic leader is my role as the Head of the Department of Economics since January 2020. However, I have also taken on several additional academic leadership roles that have contributed to my, by now, extensive and diverse experience in the field. For 8 years, I served as a board member of the research program Mistra Biotech at SLU, and since 2018, I have been a member of the faculty board of LUSEM.

Alongside these roles, I have experiences from a diverse set of academic activities since I joined the department of economics in 2011 (after ten years at a policy think tank focusing on agricultural and rural issues) from being a course director, a supervisor and a principal investigator, working on several commissioned projects for ministries and universities, and actively contributing to university committees on all levels and on a variety of topics (e.g. recruitment, mobility, health, safety, communication, work environment etc.). Moreover, I have participated in various local and international leadership programs, which have helped me develop a range of skills and knowledge that are crucial for effective academic leadership.


My research is centered on the interplay between firms and international markets, with a particular emphasis on how firms build their international business networks through exports and imports. Through this work, I investigate the various impacts that trade can have on individuals, companies, and regions.

Additionally, I have a keen interest in the food chain and have published a number of articles and reports on topics such as biodiversity, farm productivity, labor mobility, competitiveness, and regional growth. This work has been instrumental in identifying ways to support sustainable growth and promote positive outcomes throughout the food industry.


As an experienced teacher and supervisor, I specialize in the field of international economics, with a particular focus on advanced trade theory and empirics. However, my portfolio includes a diverse range of topics within economics, such as the common agricultural policy, economic integration, and food economics. In addition to my current position at Lund University, I have had the pleasure of teaching at other esteemed institutions including Trapca (Arusha, Tanzania), the University of Copenhagen, and the University of Nottingham.

Through my diverse teaching experiences, I have developed a deep understanding of the unique needs of students in different learning environments and have honed my skills to provide tailored solutions to address their needs. I am committed to providing high-quality instruction to students seeking to expand their knowledge in international economics or any of the topics in my portfolio.

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 2 - Zero Hunger

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economics

Free keywords

  • International Economics
  • Trade
  • Growth
  • Regional Economics
  • Food Economics