Sanna Strand

Sanna Strand


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Works at Department of Economic History and International Relations
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 A, plan 9
Postal address Ekonomisk-historiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Sanna Strand holds a PhD in Peace and Development Research from the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, an MSc in Global Security Studies from University of Glasgow and a BA in Global Studies from University of Gothenburg. Strand has also been a Visiting Research Scholar at City University of New York (2017).


In the spring of 2020, I am primarily supervising BA and MA students. At my previous position at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, I convened a class titled Security and Conflict in a Transforming World as well as lectured and supervised broadly within the fields of Critical Security Studies and International Relations. I have also lectured on Postcolonial and Feminist theories of International Relations at the New School, New York.


My research focuses on intersections between war, military power and recruitment, neo-liberal governmentality and gendered and sexualized (soldier) identities. In my PhD thesis, I explored how the Swedish deactivation of conscription in favour of a professional, all-volunteer force in 2010 transformed the image of the Swedish Armed Forces in society. More broadly, the thesis addressed how military missions, mandates and careers are rendered attractive and legitimate to citizens as well as how commercials, advertisements, interactive media channels and other marketing strategies are shaping civil-military relations in liberal democracies.

As a post-doc at the Department for Economic History and International Relations I have primarily conducted reseach on military conscription in Sweden and Europe. I have worked with the projects The gender neutral conscription: infrastructure, implementation and historical context (VR) and Gender equality, Diversity and Societal Security (NordForsk), together with Alma Persson (Linköping University) and Fia Sundevall (Stockholm University). As of 2021, I am working with my own postdoc project titled The return and reimagination of military conscription in Europe (VR). The research project is partly conducted from, and in collaboration with, the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (oiip). 

Areas of Interest:

  • Critical Military Studies
  • Feminist International Relations
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Governmentality, neoliberalism and marketization
  • Civil-military relations
  • Military conscription, recruitment and retention
  • Militarism and militarization
  • National identity & nation branding

Last updated: March 25, 2021

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