About us

Welcome to the Department of Economic History and International Relations! About sixty people work here; teachers, researchers, doctoral students and administrative staff. A total of about 450 students are registered each year.

The department consists of two clearly separated but closely interacting subjects, economic history (EH) and international relations (IR). The ambition is for the department to be a national leader and internationally prominent in these subjects.


Economic History

Economic History is the study of production, reproduction, distribution and consumption, and the changing social and institutional conditions for this. Economic-historical research is characterized by theoretical pluralism and method breadth, which means that both quantitative and qualitative methods are used, e.g. econometrics, discourse analysis, oral history and source-critical archival studies. The subject covers several different fields such as company history, price history, social history, working life history, environmental history, historical demography and gender division of labor. The department conducts research in several of these areas and for long historical periods.

Our educations in Economic History

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International Relations

In the field of international relations, studies are made of how the international system works politically, economically and culturally, its historical development and changing power relations. The department has three research profiles in international relations: international security, international institutions and the global political economy in a historical perspective.

Our educations in International Relations

Read more about the subject of International Relations here


Economic history is a fairly young subject with an origin in economics and history and became an independent subject in the 1950s. Eli. F. Heckscher, 1870-1952, was the one who introduced the subject of economic history in Sweden.

In 2008, international relations were established as a separate subject at the department, and in 2015 the subject also received its own doctoral education. In 2018, the department also changed its name from the Department of Economic History to the Department of Economic History and International Relations.

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