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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Research fields

  • Public Administration
  • Governance
  • Local and regional development

 

Links:

https://www.helsinki.fi/sv/svenska-social-och-kommunalhogskolan/forskning/forskningsprofilen

Curriculum vitae

 

Description of research and teaching

Major research fields:

  • innovation, reform policies and new organizational forms in the public sector
  • ‘the project’ as organization form and the temporal dimension in politics
  • municipal and regional development

I am professor of local administration at the Swedish School of Social Science at the University of Helsinki. I have a background as political scientist specialized in public administration and as associate professor (docent) at the Åbo Akademi University. In recent years my research and teaching activities have focused on innovation and change in the public sector, on local and regional development and on temporary and informal modes of organizing (such as projects, programs, partnerships and networks) as means for societal steering and coordination.

Some years ago, I was one of the initiators of the research centre FO-RUM – Governance, Regional Development and Environment at the Swedish School of Social Science. Since 2017, the activities continue within the recently established research network ‘Democracy, Political Participation and Institutional Change’. My research focus on the theme ‘Project proliferation and Governance’, which is continuously developed in collaboration with Nordic and European research partners. In terms of teaching, I am currently engaged in developing the curriculum on leadership at University of Helsinki. Recent research projects:

  • Promoting capacities for innovation and change: Project driven innovations in a Nordic governance context, funded by The Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) 2016-2018.
  • The Democratic Impact of Administrative reforms – temporary Governance Instruments in Regional Development. Funded by the Academy of Finland 2012 – 2014
  • Effects of Administrative Reforms on Linguistic Communities (Förvaltningslösningars språkliga konsekvenser). Funded by Svenska kulturfonden 2008-2012
  • Member of the evaluation research program established for the structural reform of Finnish municipalities (Paras-ARTTU), 2008 – 2014
  • One of the initiators to the European research network SUSTAIN on governance and temporary organisations. The network consists of researchers from 10 European countries and the US 2005 –. http://sockom.helsinki.fi/forum/SUSTAIN/network.html
  • The internal effectiveness of municipalities (with University of Tampere) Funded by the Finnish Work Environmental Fund 2006-2008
  •  Welfare and local democracy in Sweden for 60 years. Co-operation project between University of Helsinki (Political science) and Mitthögskolan in Östersund (Sweden) 2005 – 2011

Keywords

  • 517 Political science

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Selected Publications 2002 2019

Project Governance in an Embedded State: – Possibilities and Challenges

Godenhjelm, S., Sjöblom, S. M. & Jensen, C., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Projectification of the Public Sector. Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

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Medborgaren i förvaltningsförändringen

Sjöblom, S. M. & Vento, I. M., 2018, Politiikan tulkinta: Juhlakirja Marja Keräselle. Kivistö, H-M., Kuokkanen, K., Weide, M. & Virtanen, J. (eds.). Jyväskylä: SoPhi, p. 267-274 8 p. (SoPhi; no. 141).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Förändringar i det offentliga beslutsfattandet

Sjöblom, S. M., 2017, Sphinx: Årsbok - Vuosikirja - Yearbook: 2016-2017. Janhunen, J. (ed.). Helsingfors: Suomen Tiedeseura, p. 29-39 11 p. (Societas Scientiarum Fennica; vol. 2016-2017).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Governance Mechanisms as Promoters of Governability: A Political Science Perspective on Institutional Complexity

Sjöblom, S. M. & Andersson, K. W., 2018, The SAGE Handbook on Nature. Marsden, T. (ed.). London: Sage, p. 105-127

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

The Role of Social Science in Nature-Society Transitions

Sjöblom, S. & Andersson, K. W., 2018, The SAGE Handbook on Nature. Marsden, T. (ed.). London: Sage, p. 61-78

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Tulevaisuus kaksikielisissä kunnissa ja kaksikielisten kuntien tulevaisuus

Sjöblom, S. M. & Sandberg, S., 2017, Tulevaisuuden kunta. Nyholm, I., Haveri, A., Majoinen, K. & Pekola-Sjöblom, M. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomen kuntaliitto, p. 221-237 17 p. (Acta; no. 264).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Selected Projects 2008 2020

Activities 2000 2018

Redaktionsråd Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration (External organisation)

Stefan Sjöblom (Member)
20182019

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Förhandsgranskare, medlem av betygsnämnd

Stefan Sjöblom (Member of thesis committee / follow-up group)
16 Feb 2018

Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

Finnish Section of the Nordic Federation of Public Administration (NAF)

Stefan Sjöblom (Participant)
20172018

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Nordiskt seminarium: Att främja innovation och förändring:Projektdrivna innovationer i nordisk förvaltning

Stefan Sjöblom (Speaker: Chair), Carl Alexander Sebastian Godenhjelm (Speaker: Chair), Christian Jensen (Speaker: Chair)
22 Mar 201724 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

NOPSA Nordic Political Science Congress

Stefan Sjöblom (Member of organizing committee)
8 Aug 201711 Aug 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Press / Media

Intervju, öppenhet i politiken

Stefan Mikael Sjöblom

03/12/2015

1 media contribution

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Presskonferens bokutgivning, Makten att kombinera

Stefan Mikael Sjöblom

23/09/2015

1 media contribution

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Intervju Kommuntorget

Stefan Mikael Sjöblom

06/08/2015

1 media contribution

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Intervju, Porkala kommun

Stefan Mikael Sjöblom

02/06/2015

1 media contribution

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Intervju om metropolförvaltningen

Stefan Mikael Sjöblom

13/03/2015

1 media contribution

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