Tobias Axelsson

Senior Lecturer

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History
  • Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified

Keywords

Research

My research focus on two main issues.

Firstly the structural transformation process on the road towards modern economic growth generally but with a particular focus on Southeast Asia. I examine what dynamic forces are at play in the development process with an emphasis on agricultural change.  

Secondly, I do research on the economic dynamics of colonialization. Tying it into the current development trajectories in the global south.  

Teaching

I teach primarily within two fields.

Firstly, the economic history of developing regions, particularly Asia Pacific, China and India. In these courses I highlight the growth dynamics of the developing world in a historical perspective.

Secondly, I teach development studies with a focus on the post war era. I am also the Director of Studies for the bachelor in Development studies at Lund University.

I am course convener on several of the courses.

In additon i also supervise and examine student on bachelor and master level.

 

1. Teaching/Course responsibility:

- Role: lecturer

- Course name: Institutions, Economic Growth and Equity

- Course code: EKHM84

- Number of clock hours: 16

 

- Role: responsible for the course, lecturer

- Course name: U-länderna och den globala obalansen - framsteg och fattigdom

- Course code: EKHA41

- Number of clock hours: 56

 

- Role: responsible for the course, lecturer

- Course name: Utvecklingens villkor i ett historiskt perspektiv – från kolonialism till Globalisering

- Course code: EKHA42

- Number of clock hours: 80

 

- Role: responsible for the course, lecturer

- Course name: The Rising Giants – China and India entering the global scene

- Course code: EKHE43

- Number of clock hours:75

 

- Role: responsible for the course, lecturer

- Course name: Development Studies: Development in a Historical Perspective - Economic, Social and Political Transformation

- Course code: UTVC21

- Number of clock hours:135

 

- Role: lecturer

- Course name: Development Studies: Development Policy in Practice

- Course code: UTVC22

- Number of clock hours: 8

 

- Role: lecturer

- Course name: Methodology in Theory and Practice

- Course code: ACER22

- Number of clock hours: 8

 

 

 

- Role: lecturer

- Course name: The Economic Transformation of Asia

- Course code: Acep36

- Number of clock hours: 32

 

- Role: responsible for the course, lecturer

- Course name: China and the Asia Pacific Economy

- Course code: EKHM70

- Number of clock hours: 100

 

- Role: responsible for the course, lecturer

- Course name: Economic History: Advanced Topics in Economic Development - Agricultural Transformation in the Development Process

- Course code:EKHT41

- Number of clock hours: 35

 

- Role: lecturer

- Course name: International Development Perspectives

- Course code: MIDA11

- Number of clock hours: 55

 

- Role: lecturer

- Course name: Contemporary South-East Asian Societies

- Course code: ACER25

- Number of clock hours: 24

 

2. Supervision of theses (including theses completed by Feb-19):

Undergraduate level (number of theses 2018):

 

Master level (number of theses 2018): 12

 

 

3. Examiner of theses (including theses completed by Feb-19):

Undergraduate level (number of theses 2018):

 

Master level (number of theses 2018):

4

 

 

4. Briefly describe development work in education – renewal of curriculum and/or pedagogical development:

Renewal of course content is done continuously. I strive to have literature that is updated and highlight the important and contemporary  issues during the course. At the same time, I use the course evaluations to fine-tune the choice of literature. Course evaluations and scorecards are also a good way to highlight what works well and less well. During the year I have joined new teacher teams on a few courses. This has meant that we have changed something about structures in the courses. During the autumn, I have taken over strategic director of the Masters’s Programmes in the Department of Economic History. In this work I have worked with curricula and course content to get better coordination between courses. I have also updated and modernised the programme plans. Finally, I have been a key figure in the creation of new Bachelor’s programme in Economy and Society. As such, I have developed a new programme syllabus with new course structure as well as new courses. In this work, a lot of emphasis has been put on cohesion of courses but also the pedagogical approach with more interactive elements and case studies.

 

5. Involvement of guest teachers:

- Course name: Institutions, Economic Growth and Equity

- Course code: EKHM84

- Name of guest teacher and company/organization:

Geoffrey Hodgson /university of Loughborough (London)

 

 

 

6. Programme responsibility (name of programme)

Economic History Director for the Master’s in International Economics with a focus on China

Strategic Director of the Master’s programmes at the Department of Economic History

7. Additional work in education (e.g. planning, implementation, and pedagogical leadership)

 

The creation and establishment of the International  Bachelor’s programme in Economy and society

 

Member of the Lund University Minor Field Study Committee

 

8. Briefly describe your work with IT-supported teaching and learning

My main IT platform in my teaching is live at lund. It is a useful tool for lesson plans, group assignments and exam submissions. I also post new articles and more during the course of the course when I find something that may be of interest to the students but which is not part of the basic literature.

In addition to this, I also use youtube clips from international lecturers in my teaching.

 

 

9. Production of cases, publications on teaching and learning, teaching materials and textbooks

 

 

 

 

 

Recent research outputs

Andrés Palacio & Tobias Axelsson, 2018, Agricultural Development in the World Periphery: A Global Economic History Approach. Pinilla, V. & Willebald, H. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Vol. 11. p. 281-305 21 p. 11. (Palgrave Studies in Economic History ).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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