August Danielson

About me

I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. My research focuses on diplomatic practices in other words, the unwritten rules of diplomacy. I am also interested in understanding how such practices are diffused and learned by their practitioners: the diplomats who interact and negotiate in multilateral institutions such as the EU, NATO and the G20. These practices often have a significant impact on the policy output of such institutions. For this reason, I believe it is crucial to understand how and why diplomatic practices vary between multilateral institutions, as these variations can help us better understand what it is that makes multilateralism 'work'. My research has been published in the Journal of Common Market Studies and the Journal of International Relations and Development.

I am currently the graduate student representative for the International Studies Association Theory Section (2020-2022). I am also an associate fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). Through my role at UI, I regularly contribute with policy analyses to Swedish agencies, such as the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Armed Forces.

At the Department of Government, I teach International Relations at both the BA and MA levels. My supervisors are Anna Michalski (Uppsala University) and Ludvig Norman (Stockholm University).

I also occasionally post on Twitter.

Ongoing research projects

The Everyday Making of EU Foreign and Security Policy: Practices, Socialization and the Management of Dissent

Book project together with Niklas Bremberg (Stockholm University), Elsa Hedling (Lund University) and Anna Michalski (Uppsala University). The book aims to map out the field of EU foreign and security policy by identifying the norms and practices that structure the different organs that constitute the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Theoretically, the book departs from socialization theory and practice theory and argues that we should best conceptualize the diffusion of practices through a combination of Emmanuel Adler's community of practice approach as well as the internalist understanding of practices put forth by Silvya Lechner and Marvyn Frost. Empirically, the book focuses on the norms and practices of the CFSP Council Working Groups, the Political and Security Committee, the European External Action Service, EU delegations as well as the EU's civilian and military missions and operations. Contract with Edward Elgar, to be finalized in summer 2021.


CV August Danielson website.pdf


Postal address

August Danielson

Department of Government

Uppsala University

Box 514

SE-751 20 Uppsala