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Lenita Freidenvall

Current research interests

Lenita Freidenvall’s research interests include political representation and quotas, citizenship and the multicultural, political parties and nomination processes, gender equality politics, constitutional politics, new institutional theory, and intersectionality.

Member of WiP (Women in Politics Research Centre).

Research projects

1. Electoral Gender Quotas / Könskvotering inom politiken

A global research project on the new world-wide trend to adopt gender quotas for the electoral lists, see and
Initially financed by The Swedish Research Council (with Drude Dahlerup).
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2. Electoral Gender Quota Systems and Their Implementation in Europe

Financed by The European Parliament, see (with Drude Dahlerup, and in co-operation with International IDEA)

3. FEMCIT – Gendered citizenship in a multicultural Europe

Partner in this large integrated research project under the Sixth Framework of the European Commission, see - our focus is on gender and ethnicity/minority representation (with Drude Dahlerup). Read more »


Multidimensional Equality and Democratic Diversity (DEMDI) is an inter-disciplinary Nordic researcher network funded by NordForsk for the three-year period 2009-2011. The objective of the network is to consolidate and develop the field of research on Equality Politics and Democratic Diversity.  The coordinators of the four national teams are: Birte Siim, Denmark, Kevät Nousiainen, Finland, Hege Skjeie, Norway and Lenita Freidenvall, Sweden.

5. Project Beijing +15

In relation to the Swedish EU Presidency in the autumn of 2009, the unit for gender equality at the Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality has been given the task of analysing the follow-up of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing + 15. Lenita Freidenvall has been appointed co-ordinator of the research group. Read more »
Published report »

6. FIIN (The Feminism and Institutionalism International Network)

This is a new group of feminist scholars from Europe, Australia and North America who have come together to explore the interplay between feminist approaches to gendered institutions and new institutional theory.

7. Bortom Rösträtten (The Suffrage and Beyond)

This is an inter-disciplinary network of Nordic scholars who focus on gender, power and citizenship. A joint publication is planned for the fall of 2009 (together with Josefin Rönnbäck). A conference was held in June 08, sponsored by the Swedish Research Council and Södertorn University College.

8. The Working Committee on Constitutional reform (Grundlagsutredningen)

The primary task for the Working Committee is to conduct a concerted review of the present Instrument of government from 1974. Lenita Freidenvall has made an analysis of the Instrument of Government from a Gender Perspective.


  • Basic level: Swedish politics, Comparative politics, Political Theory (social science), Swedish and Comparative politics (social science), Political systems (Dept of Social work), Gender and organizations (Dept of Gender Studies)
  • Intermediate level: Constitutional politics
  • Advanced level: Politics and Gender
  • Master's level: Gender Equality Politics locally and globally, Politics and Gender Essay Seminar, Public Administration Essay Seminar
  • Student advisor at the C-level.

Additional functions

Visiting Scholar at the Swedish Parliament, 2003-2004

Visiting Scholar at CAWP, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA fall 2004. Research visit financed by the Sweden-America Foundation.

Gender Equality Ombudsman, Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, 2006-2007.

Gender Helpdesk

The Centre for Gender Studies, Stockholm University has entered into agreement with Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) to establish a Gender Helpdesk. The Gender Helpdesk is staffed by gender specialists at Stockholm University who are commissioned to assess and analyse material for Sida. Sida’s programme offices may receive assistance in formulating strategies, policy documents, terms of reference, assessment memoranda and actions plans, etc.

The coordinator for the Gender Helpdesk at Stockholm University is Dr. Lenita Freidenvall. She may be reached at or

For further information, see


Global Database of Quotas for Women (co-authored with Christina Alnevall, Julie Ballington, Virginia Beramendi-Heine, Drude Dahlerup, Mona Lena Krook and Anja Thorup Nordlund). Stockholm: International IDEA and Stockholm University, 2003.