Annika joined PIR from the University of Lund, where she was Associate Professor in IR, and with which she retains an affiliation. Prior to working at Lund Annika was Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Relations. She has also held permanent lectureships at the Universities of Leicester and Edinburgh. She obtained her BSc (Government) at London School of Economics and her MSc and D.Phil. (European studies/International Relations) at the University of Sussex.
Annika is an international relations and gender scholar whose work stretches across a range of fields including feminist foreign policy, feminist security studies, gender cosmopolitanism and care ethics, feminist peace and digital diplomacy, critical military studies, the study of crisis, populism and gendered nationalism, human rights and environmental justice as well as intersectionality. She also works on celebrity humanitarianism, pop culture and world politics, with focus on the ethical, gendered, neoliberal and colonial underpinnings of celebrity politics and activism. Her article “NATO’s Strategic Narratives: Angelina Jolie and the alliance’s celebrity and visual turn” (co-authored with Katharine Wright, Newcastle University), was selected the lead editor’s favourite article, published in the journal Review of International Studies in 2021 and 2022.
Annika is the PIR subject area ethics lead and co-convenor of the gender politics research group.
Current research and writing
Annika is currently co-authoring a research monograph on feminist foreign policy (FFP) and digital diplomacy as well as a number of other texts on FFP and feminist security studies, broadly defined.
Research groups (Edinburgh)
Gender Politics Research (co-convenor)
Centre for Security Research
Research projects to date
She has recently been part of a large research project on the politics of world heritage (funded by the Swedish Research Council) and is particularly interested in the intersection of world heritage, the politics of extraction, global ethics, gender and indigenous justice, with emphasis on Sapmi. Related research interests are Arctic and Nordic security and governance. In addition she is part of a large research project on Digital Diplomacy (Funded by the Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs Minnesfond), with emphasis on feminist digital diplomacy, nation branding and the use of digital diplomacy by international organisations.
She has been a member of three funded Lund Pufendorf Research Themes on a) crisis b) conflict and gender and c) the future of human rights, the latter of which she co-coordinated. The research projects generated two articles, one on interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to the study of crisis and the other one on the populist logics of human rights in times of climate crisis, employing an intersectional lens. She has also completed a research project financed by the Crafoord Foundation, Sweden, on cosmopolitan militaries, producing two articles, one centring on the dialogical peacekeeping of Danish and Swedish women soldiers serving in Afghanistan and the other one on the ethical embodied experiences of Swedish and Danish veterans, serving beyond borders, both co-authored with Professor Annica Kronsell.
Methodologically, she employs discursive, narrative and normative analytical approaches, informed by feminist techniques and research ethics.
Annika is interested in supervising PhD students in any of the research fields described in the sections above. She has supervised four PhD theses to completion on a range of topics including the constitution of the Arctic through maps; foreign policy analysis as well as the broad field of security studies. She is currently co-supervising three PhD students (two at Lund and one at Freie Universität Berlin), whose interests centre on feminist foreign policy as well as environmental and indigenous politics and activism, extraction and justice as well as forests and more than human relations.
She has taught discourse analysis and research ethics on several PhD methods courses and her PhD and other teaching is informed by a dedication to active and dialogical learning and pedagogy.
Annika has served as Chair of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) section of the International Studies Association (ISA) and is currently Co-Convenor of the Gendering International Relations Working Group (GIRWG) of the British International Studies Association (with Professor Laura Sjöberg). For 10 years Annika co-convened the Lund Gender and Politics research group (with Dr Catia Gregoratti). Annika has also served as an elected member of the regional board of the association Autism Sweden, being a passionate advocate of neurodiversity.
Recent external appointments
Member of CHANSE EPSS Crisis Grant Evaluation Panel, 2023.
External reviewer as part of review team: review of the School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, UK. 2023.
External examiner at Maynooth University, Ireland.
Examples of Recent Knowledge Exchange
1.Member of Feminist Foreign Policy Progressive Voices Collective (FFPVC), Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Brussels.
2.Participation in roundtable: ‘Is the Future Female? Exploring Feminist Foreign Policy’, organized by the University of Luxembourg and the Italian Embassy, Luxembourg, other participants included , the Italian Ambassador to Luxembourg, the German Ambassador to Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
3. Contributor to ODI Policy brief: Where next for Feminist Foreign Policy on countering anti-rights backlash?
4.On the 9th and 10th of May 2023 I advised the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London on feminist foreign policy.
5..On the 15th of May 2023 I advised the International Peace Institute in New York on the workings and ambitions of feminist foreign policy.
6.Roundtable titled ‘Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy in Scotland: Pitfalls, Promises and Lessons Learned’, sponsored by the Scottish Council on Global Affairs in collaboration with the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, at the annual BISA conference 2023.
7. Participated in expert panel on ‘increasing militarisation and feminist foreign policy: compatible or worlds apart?”, Geneva Peace Week, organized by the Center for Feminist Foreign Policy, The Kingdom of the Netherlands, Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations in Geneva, 4 November 2022.
8.. Participation in five Scottish Government-funded tender workshops on Scotland and Feminist Foreign Policy, Autumn 2022.
9.. Participation in Scottish Government Roundtable: A Feminist Approach to Foreign Policy, organized by Jenny Gilruth MSP, former Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development, 20 January 2022.
10..Co-organised and chaired Scottish Council of Global Affairs workshop, based on co-authored Opinion Paper, “Scotland the Brave? An authentic, ambitious and accountable Feminist Foreign Policy” August 2022, with participants from academia, the Scottish Parliament and civil society.
Recent and accepted publications (2020-23, see https://www.research.ed.ac.uk/en/persons/annika-bergman-rosamond ,for all my publications)
"Sweden, NATO and Gendered Silences on Feminist Foreign Policy" Wright, K A. M and Bergman Rosamond A. In: International Affairs, accepted.
"Caring Feminist States? Paternalistic Feminist Foreign Policies and the Silencing of Indigenous Justice Claims in Canada and Sweden" Bergman Rosamond, A, Cheung, J. and de Leeuw, G. In: International Feminist Journal of Politics, accepted.
"Digital norm contestation and feminist foreign policy" Aggestam K. , Bergman Rosamond, A. & Hedling, E In: International Studies Perspective, accepted.
Feminist Foreign Policy – A Progressive Glue? (with Jessica Cheung) in Thissen, L. et. al. Imagining a new gender equality contract: Feminism as a Progressive Glue”, London: Palgrave, forthcoming.
‘Digital Celebrity Diplomacy in the UN Security Council Elections’, Bergman Rosamond, A. & Wright, K., 2023, In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, online first.
Bergman Rosamond A. "The abandonment of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy – militarism and gendered nationalism". In Partis-Jennings H, Eroukhmanoff C, editors, Feminist policymaking in turbulent times: Critical perspectives. Routledge, accepted.
‘The digital storytelling of feminist foreign policy: Sweden’s state feminism in digital diplomacy’ Bergman Rosamond, A. & Hedling, E., 13 Jun 2022, In: European Journal of Politics and Gender. 5, 3, p. 303-321 19 p, one of five most downloaded articles in the journal in 2022.
‘Cosmopolitanism and individual ethical reflection–the embodied experiences of Swedish veterans’, Bergman Rosamond, A. & Kronsell, A., 2022, In: Critical Military Studies. 8, 2, p. 159-178 20 p.
‘Feminist digital diplomacy and foreign policy change in Sweden’, Aggestam, K., Bergman Rosamond, A. & Hedling, E., 2022, In: Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. 18, 4, p. 314-324 11 p.
‘Gender, Climate Breakdown and Resistance: The Future of Human Rights in the Shadow of Authoritarianism’, Bergman Rosamond, A. & Davitti, D., 2022, In: Nordic Journal of Human Rights. 40, 1, p. 133-152 20 p.
'The ethics and politics of world heritage: local application at the site of Laponia' Bergman Rosamond, A., 2022, In: Journal of Global Ethics. 18, 2, p. 286-305 20 p.
‘The Case for Interdisciplinary Crises Studies’ Bergman Rosamond, A., Gammeltoft-Hansen, T., Hamza, M., Hearn, J., Ramasar, V. & Rydström, H., 2022, In: Global Discourse. 12, 3-4, p. 465–486, one of the five most downloaded articles in the journal in 2022.
OPINION PAPER: Scotland the Brave? An authentic, ambitious and accountable Feminist Foreign Policy, Bergman Rosamond, A., Duncanson, C. & Gentry, C., 2022, Edinburgh: The Scottish Council on Global Affairs, p. 1-18, 18 p.
‘Glöm nu inte feminismen! NATO' Bergman Rosamond’, A., 13 May 2022, 2 p. Sydsvenskan.
(Blog) 'American Charismatic Narratives' Bergman Rosamond, A. in The Disorder of Things: Batman, White Saviourism and International Politics: A Colloquium: Richey, L. A., Budabin, A., Bergman Rosamond, A., Kapoor, I., Seay, L., Shah, A. V., Cooper, A. & Confortini, C. C., 8 Aug 2022.
‘NATO’s Strategic Narratives: Angelina Jolie and the alliance’s celebrity and visual turn’ Wright, K. & Bergman Rosamond, A., 2021, In: Review of International Studies. 47, 4, p. 443-466 24 p.
'Gender and Peaceful Change’ Aggestam, K. & Bergman Rosamond, A., 2021, The Oxford Handbook of Peaceful Change in International Relations. Paul, T. V., Welch Larson, D., Trinkunas, H. A., Wivel, A. & Emmers, R. (eds.). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press
‘Populism, ontological insecurity and gendered nationalism: Masculinity, climate denial and Covid-19’ Agius, C., Bergman Rosamond, A. & Kinnvall, C., 2021, In: Politics, Religion and Ideology. 21, 4, p. 432-450 19 p
‘Neoliberal turns in global humanitarian governance: corporations, celebrities and the construction of the entrepreneurial refugee woman’ Bergman Rosamond, A. & Gregoratti, C., 4 Mar 2021, In: Journal of Humanitarian Affairs. 2, 3
‘Feministiska institutioner? Utrikespolitik och nationellt försvar’ Bergman Rosamond, A. & Wibben, A., 2021, Feministiska perspektiv på global politik. Edenborg, E., Åse, C. & Tornhill, S. (eds.). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
‘Celebrity Diplomacy during the Covid-19 pandemic? The Chief State Epidemiologist as “the face of the Swedish experiment”’ Bergman Rosamond, A. & Hedling, E., 26 Oct 2021, In: Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. 18, p. 41-43 3 p.
'Peace and Feminist Foreign Policy' Aggestam, K. & Bergman Rosamond, A., 21 Nov 2021, The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies. Richmond, O. & Visoka, G. (eds.). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan
Celebrities as ethical actors: Individuals and cosmopolitan obligation Bergman Rosamond, A., 2020, The Routledge Handbook to Rethinking Ethics in International Relations. Schippers, B. (ed.). United Kingdom: Routledge, Vol. 1. p. 119-135 17 p.
Celebrity Global Motherhood: Maternal Care and Cosmopolitan Obligation Bergman Rosamond, A., 2020, Troubling Motherhood. Hall, L. B., Weissman, A. L. & Shepherd, L. J. (eds.). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, p. 233-251 19 p.
Music, mining and colonisation: Sámi contestations of Sweden's self narrative Bergman Rosamond, A., 2020, In: Tidskriftet POLITIK. 23, 1, p. 70-87 18 p.
Swedish feminist foreign policy and “gender cosmopolitanism” Rosamond, A. B., Apr 2020, In: Foreign Policy Analysis. 16, 2, p. 217-235 19 p.