Nicola Nymalm

Associate Senior Lecturer

War Studies


Department of War Studies and Military History

Air Operations Division

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Nicola Nymalm joined the Swedish Defence University as Associate Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor in War Studies in January 2020. Previously she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). Her research interests include relations between ‘established’ and ‘emerging’ powers drawing from critical approaches to IR, IPE, security, and military studies. She is the author of From ‘Japan Problem’ to ‘China Threat’? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), and her previous work has appeared in journals such as International Political Sociology, International Studies Review, Review of International Studies and Journal of International Relations and Development.

Nicola received her PhD in Political Science/International Relations from Kiel University in Germany in July 2015. Her dissertation project was funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation (SKR) in Helsinki. Nicola holds an M.A. in Contemporary history, Chinese studies and European law from the Humboldt University and Free University in Berlin, and a Master of Peace and Security Studies (M.P.S.) from the University of Hamburg.

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