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Lisbeth Aggestam

Visiting Scholar 2019-2020 & 2021-2022 (Spring 2022)


Lisbeth Aggestam

Lisbeth Aggestam is an associate professor of political science and senior research fellow at the Centre for European Research (CERGU), University of Gothenburg. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Stockholm and worked as a lecturer at the University of Bath until 2013. Prior to that, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and a Chevening scholar at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Aggestam works in the field of international relations. She is editor-in-chief of the ISA journal, Foreign Policy Analysis, published by Oxford University Press. Her main research interests are foreign policy cooperation and integration in Europe. Her recent work focuses on the concept of political leadership in foreign policy. She is particularly interested in institutional change and agency in leadership governance across a range of political issues, including Brexit, transatlantic relations, and European security.

Aggestam is on a research sabbatical during the 2021-2022 academic year to work on her forthcoming book with the provisional title, The Elusive Quest for European Leadership: Foreign Policy in a Turbulent World. She was a Visiting Scholar at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford in fall 2021.

During her tenure at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) in spring 2022, Aggestam will work on transatlantic relations and U.S. perceptions of European leadership in foreign policy.


  • Associate Professor of Political Science & Senior Research Fellow, Center for European Research, University of Gothenburg
  • Visiting Scholar, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Research Project

The Elusive Quest for European Leadership – Foreign Policy in a Turbulent World


Political Science

Select Publications

Aggestam, Lisbeth, and Elsa Hedling. “Leaderisation in Foreign Policy: Performing the Role of EU High Representative.” European Security 29, no. 3 (2020): 301–19.

Aggestam, Lisbeth, and Adrian Hyde-Price. “Learning to Lead? Germany and the Leadership Paradox in EU Foreign Policy.” German Politics 29, no. 1 (2020): 8–24.

Aggestam, Lisbeth, and Federica Bicchi. “New Directions in EU Foreign Policy Governance: Cross‐Loading, Leadership and Informal Groupings.” Journal of Common Market Studies 57, no. 3 (2019): 515–32.