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Fredrik Söderbaum


Fredrik Söderbaum
+46 31 786 4340

Room number: E407b
Postal Address: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 41314

School of Global Studies (More Information)
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 413 14 Göteborg

About Fredrik Söderbaum

Professor in peace and development research at the School of Global Studies (SGS) and senior associate research fellow of the Institute of Comparative Regional Integration Studies at the United Nations University (UNU-CRIS), Bruges, Belgium. Occasionally I am participating in the public debate or interviewed by the media. Sometimes I am also acting as expert or consultant in the field of international affairs and development cooperation.


Areas of interest
My most important research results are in the field of regionalism and regional integration, where I have covered a large number of topics and issues. Important parts of this research is summarized in my book Rethinking Regionalism (Palgrave, 2016). Other research interests include EU´s external relations, foreign aid, peace and security in Africa, and global/regional governance.


Current research

External support to regional organizations in Africa — A  project funded by the Swedish Research Council.

Although most African states-led regional organizations are extremely donor-dependent, there is very little knowledge “what works” and “why”. This projects maps and assesses the donor fllows and interrogates question such as: (i) when and why are external funding increasing or reducing the implementation gap of African regional organization?; (ii) when and why do various aid delivery channels work and not (such as basket funding, core funding, program funding, project funding)?; and when and why does regional aid have positive development impact and results?

Legitimacy in Global Governance (LegGov) LegGov is a six-year research programme carried out jointly by researchers from SGS and the Departments of Political Science at Lund and Stockholm University. The programme is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (The Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation).

The purpose of this research programme is to offer the first systematic and comprehensive analysis of legitimacy in global governance. To what extent are global governance institutions (GGIs) regarded as legitimate? What explains that legitimacy? By what processes are GGIs legitimated and delegitimated? What are the consequences of legitimacy (or its absence) for the functioning of GGIs? How are these legitimacy dynamics in global governance similar to or different from the dynamics of legitimacy in the nation-state and other forms of governance?

Programme website: www.statsvet.su.se/leggov/


Teaching and tutoring
I lecture, mainly on matters related to my own research, on different levels and in different disciplines. Currently I am supervising five doctoral candidates within the department.


Personal web-page at UNU-CRIS: cris.unu.edu/fredrik-s%C3%B6derbaum

Academia: gu-se.academia.edu/FredrikS%C3%B6derbaum

ResearchGate: www.researchgate.net/profile/Fredrik_Soederbaum2

SSNR: papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm

Google Scholar: scholar.google.se/citations

Interview in Theory Talks: on the waning State, conceptualizing the Region and Europe as a Global Actor

Latest publications

Legitimation and Delegitimation in Global Governance: Discursive, Institutional, Behavioral
Fredrik Söderbaum, Karin Bäckstrand
In J Tallberg, K Bäckstrand and J A Scholte(eds) Legitimacy in Global Governance: Sources, Processes, and Consequences, Oxford, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Rethinking the links between macro-regions and micro-regions
Fredrik Söderbaum
In: Elisabetta Nadalutti and Otto Kallscheuer (eds) Region-Making and Cross-Border Cooperation: New Evidence from Four Continents, Abingdon, Routledge, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

A Changing Global Development Agenda?
Jan Aart Scholte, Fredrik Söderbaum
Forum for Development Studies, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Modes of Regional Governance in Africa
Ian Taylor, Fredrik Söderbaum
The New Politics of Regionalism. Perspectives from Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific, edited by Ulf Engel, Heidrun Zinecker, Frank Mattheis, Antje Dietze and Thomas Plötze , Abingdon, Routledge, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

The European Union as an actor in Africa: Comparing development cooperation and peace-building
Fredrik Söderbaum
Franck A. K. & Söderbaum F. (red.). EU as a global actor: A force for good in the world?, Göteborg, CERGU, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

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The European Union and the Global South
Fredrik Söderbaum, Patrik Stålgren
Boulder, CO, Lynne Rienner , Edited book 2010
Edited book


Afro-regions: The dynamics of region-building in Africa
Fredrik Söderbaum, Ian Taylor
3rd European Conference of African Studies (ECAS 3), University of Leipzig, 4-7 June., Conference paper 2009
Conference paper

Fredrik Söderbaum
Jakob Gustavsson and Jonas Tallberg (red) Internationella Relationer, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2009
Chapter in book

Regional Organizations in African Security
Fredrik Söderbaum, Rodrigo Tavares
Taylor and Francis, African Security, Vol 2, No 2-3 (May-December), Edited book 2009
Edited book

State, region and space in Africa
Fredrik Söderbaum, Ian Taylor
Respacing Africa, edited by Ulf Engel and Paul Nugent, Leiden/Boston, Brill, Chapter in book 2009
Chapter in book

Comparative Regional Integration and Regionalism
Fredrik Söderbaum
T. Landman and N. Robinson (eds), The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics, London, SAGE, Chapter in book 2009
Chapter in book

How Countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Can Use the World Trade Organization and the European Community Flexibilities for Better Access to Affordable HIV/AIDS Medicines
Fredrik Söderbaum
Monitoring Regional Integration In Southern Africa Yearbook Vol. 8, Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa/the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Chapter in book 2009
Chapter in book

Mapping Interregionalism
Fredrik Söderbaum, Helena Tagesson
Conference on EU as a Global and Regional Actor in Security and Peace (EU-GRASP), hosted by United Nations University-Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), Bruges, 1-3 July 2009. , Conference paper 2009
Conference paper

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