In all have twenty-one leading research areas been identified, all nationally-leading and having a high international status. In addition the Faculty Board has chosen seventeen leading smaller research areas. Two of them are found at the Department of Political Science, they are Feminist and Critical Studies in Politics and Environmental Politics, Policy and Learning.

Global and regional governance

This research addresses the sources, forms, and consequences of global and regional governance, including issues of power, democracy, legitimacy, and effectiveness. Empirically, the research of the group spans multiple issue areas, including trade, finance, security, human rights, environmental policy, and regional integration. Methodologically, the research is distinguished by its comparative orientation, its combination of positive and normative research, and includes both qualitative and quantitative methods.

InRights - Challenges to democratic rights and inclusion

The focus of this research is on political inclusion and rights for migrants and minorities in contemporary democracies. The general research questions are two: how are the new societal and political inequalities following the last decades of globalization related to institutions, norms and public policy? And how are these inequalities to be evaluated in terms of democracy and justice?

Feminist and Critical Studies in Politics

The politics and gender group applies a gender perspective to political science. By gendering core concepts, such as democracy, citizenship, representation, state and international security, the study of politics is advanced. Significant scientific results pertain to gender quota systems, welfare state gender regimes, and new conceptualizations of sexualized violence and prostitution, as well as theory development in areas such as intersectionality, gender/nation and discourse analysis.

Environmental Politics, Policy and Learning (EPPLE)

Research efforts are focused on three main areas: global environmental governance, comparative environmental politics, and learning and participation in natural resource management. As such, the research area can be considered as one of the strongest areas of social science research on environmental issues nationally, as well as situated at the very edge of the international research frontier in environmental politics.