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Helena W. Lindberg

PhD Candidate, Political Science

Research interests

  • the politics of maps and mapping
  • social construction of nature as "up for grabs"
  • alternative social visions for the future in the Arctic region


Current research

My PhD-project is about the power maps have as discourses about the world: How maps shape our understanding of reality, how they privilege particular forms of knowledge, how they underlie the production of knowledge about places, peoples, and issues, and how map-representations offers certain directions for the future while leave other alternatives in the shadow. Maps are powerful representations of the world, constituting different world views and therefore having political significance. I argue that maps are both constituted by politics but also constituting politics.

My research focuses on the politics of maps and mapping in the Arctic, and how challenges and opportunities are constructed through the usage of maps in this region. 

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


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 year 2014-2015 and 2015-2016

Member of the Environmental Politics Research Group (EPRG) and the Gender Equality, Equal Opportunities and Diversity group at the Department of Political Science 


Conference presentations

  • Arctic Frontiers 2016 - "Natural resources and alternative social visions for Greenland's futures", presented in Part II: Arctic stewardship - Arctic Civil Stewardship. University of Tromsø/The Arctic University of Norway,  24-29 January 2016
  • Matchpoints seminar 2015 - "Human flags - Scientists and resource politics in the Arctic", presented  in workshop 7 - Arctic Science Diplomacy. Aarhus University, Denmark 12-13th November 2015
  • NESS 2015 - "What is "energy" in energy-security?", presented in Working Group 14 -Conceptions of energy-security: Politics and policies. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway 9-11th June 2015


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