Johan Lagerkvist is Senior Research Fellow in the East Asia Program. His expertise falls into three areas. The first concerns China's domestic politics, particularly the force field of new media and the Internet. The second area is concerned with the foreign policy-making process in China and the third focuses on China's relations with countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
In 2006, Johan Lagerkvist defended his doctoral dissertation in Chinese on the social and political implications of China's Internet development at Lund University. He joined UI the same year and has since expanded his research of the Chinese media system.
Johan Lagerkvist is a senior advisor to the Swedish NGO Global Challenge and a board member of NACS (Nordic Association of China Studies). He has published peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Peace Review; Journal of Contemporary China; Journal of Contemporary African Studies; China: An International Journal, and China Information. He has also peer-reviewed articles for the journal New Media and Society. Johan Lagerkvist has received grants from the Swedish Research Council, the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, the Swedish International Development Agency, STINT, and the Swedish Foreign Ministry.