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Helena W. Lindberg

PhD Candidate, Political Science

Research interests

  • the politics of maps and mapping
  • popular culture and visual IR
  • the social construction of nature
  • alternative visions for the future in the Arctic


Current research

In my PhD project I argue that maps are political and part of constituting politics. The map itself is not only made and used with particular purposes in mind, but also reproduces particular assumptions about the world which has political significance. Moreover, maps have the ability to both represent 'what is' and 'what is not yet'. For example, maps can show the prospects of natural resources yet to be discovered. Thus, they do not simply report about existing phenomenon, but also propose ways of seeing and dealing with those phenomenon for the future.

In my thesis I analyse three contemporary maps of the Arctic and how they propose what can be thought of and envisioned in the context of Arctic futures. Seeing maps as ‘artefacts’', I develop an analytical framework for how maps are constituted by politics, drawing on elements from visual IR, visual methods analysis and analysis of maps within critical cartography. Moreover, I deconstruct maps as ‘visual-text' discourses and I discuss how the problematizations in the maps enable certain visions for the future of the Arctic region, while silencing others.


This PhD project is part of LUCID - Lund Unversity Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability - a Linnaeus programme that was sponsored by the Swedish Research Council.


Teaching and other

Teacher in the master level course SIMP19: Globalisation, Conflict, Security and the State, March 2016, February 2017, February 2018

Teacher in the bachelor level course FKV22 Säkerhet, Miljö och Konflikt / Security, Environment and Conflict, November 2015

Elected chairperson of the Social Science Doctoral Student Council (SDR) for the academic years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016

Former member of the Gender Equality, Equal Opportunities and Diversity group at the Department of Political Science 


For conference presentations and abstracts see publication list below.


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

Helena Gonzales Lindberg
E-mail: helena [dot] w_lindberg [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Doctoral student

Department of Political Science

+46 46 222 80 74




Helena Wegend Lindberg is a PhD Candidate in Political Science with a bachelor in Human Geography from the University of Oslo, a master in Environmental and Sustainability Science from Lund University, and a Small State Studies diploma from University of Iceland. This project is part of LUCID, a Linneaus programme sponsored by the Swedish Research Council Formas.

Research groups

Environmental Politics Research Group

EPRG has ever since it was formed in the late 1990's promoted research and education on issues related to the politics of environmental change. Today the EPRG comprises around 15 senior researchers and PhD students whose research focuses on chief challenges of global and domestic environmental politics.

Department of Political Science
Lund University
Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5H (House: Eden)
Postal address: Box 52, SE-221 00 LUND
Telephone: +46 46-222 89 52

Faculty of Social Sciences