Elin Bjarnegård is a researcher and teacher at the Department of Government at Uppsala University in Sweden. Her research interests are within the field of comparative politics with a particular focus on gender, masculinities, political parties, candidate recruitment, and informal institutions. She earned her doctorate in 2010 and her dissertation was entitled "Men in Politics. Revisiting Patterns of Gendered Parliamentary Representation in Thailand and Beyond". The dissertation explores how male parliamentary dominance is maintained by investigating the role clientelist networks play in electoral politics in Thailand. The dissertation project was funded by Sida-SAREC and some of the field work by SSAAPS.
(1) One currently ongoing research project is focusing on explaining why, in a Swedish context, certain gender equality policies fail where others suceed. In this project she is working with Christina Bergqvist (project leader) and Pär Zetterberg at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. In particular, they are studying the mobilization for and against suggested reforms of laws regarding parental leave and gender quotas for boards of companies listed on the stock exchange.The project is funded by FAS.
(2) Elin Bjarnegård is the project leader of another recently started research endeavor, also together with Pär Zetterberg, that investigates the gendered nature of candidate selection in political parties in developing countries. It is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The Swedish Research Council provides funding for related field research.
(3) Elin Bjarnegård is also one of five core group members of a large program funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The East Asian Peace Program is based at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University.
Elin Bjarnegård is teaching Methodology C and is supervising students writing BA and MA theses.
Elin Bjarnegård's most recent publications include (2011) with Melander, Erik, Disentangling Gender, Peace, and
Democratization: the negative effects of militarized masculinity; in Journal of Gender Studies; and with Zetterberg, Pär, Removing Quotas, Maintaining Representation: Overcoming Gender Inequalities in Political Party Recruitment; in Representation.
Elin Bjarnegård has a present affiliation to the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. She is still teaching at and has been affiliated to the interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies. She has also had affiliations to the New School for Social Research in New York City, USA and to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.