Roxanna Sjöstedt

PhD Candidate

Curriculum Vitae

Research | Teaching | Publications | Other

Research Areas

International relations theory; Security studies; Constructivism; HIV/AIDS, New security threats, Norm diffusion, Identity, Minority rights

Current Research 

As of January 1st, 2011, I do post-doc research on a project titled Exploring norm diffusion and socialization: The EU and post-Soviet states. This three-year project is financed by the Sasakawa Foundation (SYLFF), Faculty of Social Science Uppsala University. The focus of this project is the dynamics of norm diffusion. Successful diffusion and acceptance of norms such as minority rights protection are essential to global peace, justice and the common good. In order to consolidate itself as a functioning democracy, a state must recognize and accept the rights of its societal minority groups. This project focuses on the function of the EU as a norm entrepreneur in relation to the post-Soviet sphere and investigates norm diffusion processes from 1994 to 2011 between the EU and two post-Soviet states – Estonia and Moldova– in relation to minority rights protection. Although there is a flurry of empirical research on the EU as a normative power and on how the EU spreads ideas and values to neighboring states, further studies with the aim of theoretically developing the understanding of international norm diffusion are needed. Furthermore, surprisingly little comparative research has been done on the overall question of the EU’s role as a norm entrepreneur, Is the EU really a ‘powerful’ norm entrepreneur with regard to minority rights protection and, in particular, does its normative powers have equal influence on different actors of the post-Soviet sphere?


Spring 2012: Advisor of Master’s Theses

Fall 2012: Peace and Security, Scenario Analysis (A level)

Previous courses: Lecturer on IR theory, Security studies (Peace and Security, A-level); advisor of Bachelor’s theses; advisor of Master’s theses; lecturer and seminar leader on Master’s methods


Peer Reviewed Articles

Roxanna Sjöstedt (2013) "Ideas, identities and internalization: Explaining securitizing moves", Cooperation and Conflict 48(1) 143–164.

Sjöstedt, Roxanna, 2008. ‘Exploring the Construction of Threats: The Securitization of HIV/AIDS in Russia’, Security Dialogue 39(1): 7-29. Appendix file

Sjöstedt, Roxanna, 2007. ‘The Discursive Origins of a Doctrine: Norms, Identity, and Securitization under Harry S. Truman and George W. Bush’, Foreign Policy Analysis 3(3): 233-254. Appendix file

Noreen, Erik & Roxanna Sjöstedt, 2004. ‘Estonian Identity Formations and Threat Framing in the Post-Cold War Era’, Journal of Peace Research 41(6): 733-750.

Book Chapters

Sjöstedt, Roxanna, 2011. 'How does a threat become salient? The case of Swine flu in Sweden'. In Kai Opperman & Henrike Viehrig (eds.) Issue Salience in International Politics. London: Routledge.

Sjöstedt, Roxanna, 2010. ‘Health Issues and Securitization: The Construction of HIV/AIDS as a US National Security Threat’, in Thierry Balzacq, ed. Securitization Theory. How Security Problems Emerge and Dissolve. London: Routledge.


Sjöstedt, Roxanna, 2010. Talking Threats: The Social Construction of National Security in Russia and the United States. Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, Report No. 91, Uppsala University Press

Supervisors: Prof. Thomas Ohlson and Associate Prof. Johan Eriksson

Opponent: Prof. Jeff Checkel, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada 

Conference Papers

‘The diffusion and socialization of human rights norms: Suggesting a theoretical framework’. Presented at Colloquium, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 21 October.

‘Health Issues and Securitization: The Construction of HIV/AIDS as a US National Security Threat’, presented at the 51st Annual International Studies Association (ISA) Convention; New Orleans, 17 – 20 February 2010.

‘Health Issues and Securitization: The Construction of HIV/AIDS as a US National Security Threat’, presented at the Workshop on the Sociology of Securitization; Sciences Po Paris, 26 – 27 May 2009.

“Exploring the Construction of Threats: The Securitization of HIV/AIDS in Russia”, presented at the 48th Annual International Studies Association (ISA) Convention; Chicago, 27 February – 3 March 2007.

“When is a Threat Threatening? Sketching a theoretical framework to explain how and why an issue is securitized”, presented at the 47th Annual International Studies Association (ISA) Convention; San Diego, 21 – 25 March 2006.

”Decision-Making, Visual Information, and Threats,” with Ylva I. Blondel, presented at the 46th Annual International Studies Association (ISA) Convention; Honolulu, 1 – 5 March 2005.

“The Birth of a Doctrine: a Discursive Approach to How and Why Two American Security Doctrine Were Created”, presented at the Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR) 5th Pan-European International Relations Conference, the Hague, 9 – 11 September 2004. 


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