Linn Sandberg

Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Media and Communication
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Postal address Postboks 1093 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student)

Academic Interests

Sandberg is conducting research on how digitalization and the growth of social media affect representative democracy and the democratic values that are traditionally viewed as providing legitimacy to political decisions. Within this research field, some argue that social media increases responsiveness, participation and accountability, whereas others claim the opposite or deny any (new) political implications. The research project will conduct several empirical studies testing competing hypotheses about how digitalization weakens or strengthens the position of representative democracy today. More specifically, it will examine the impact of social media on opinion formation, participation, and representation.


Linn Sandberg holds an MA in Political Science with a major in Public Administration from the University of Gothenburg. Before starting the PhD program at the Department of Media and Communication, she was a research assistant at the political science department in Gothenburg and where her research focused on xenophobic opinions and political parties.  Previously she was also employed at Statskontoret, the Swedish Agency for Public Management.

Tags: Political communication, Social media, Political theory


Sandberg, L. A. C., & Öhberg, P. (2017). The role of gender in online campaigning: Swedish candidates’ motives and use of social media during the European election 2014. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 1–20.

Sandberg, Linn (2016) Ingrid Lønrusten Rogstad: "Politisk kommunikasjon i et nytt medielandskap" Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning 56(03):325-328

Sandberg, Linn & Bjereld, Ulf (2015) "Politiskt deltagande och engagemang i en digital kontext" i Annika Bergström, Bengt Johansson, Henrik Oscarsson och Maria Oskarson (red) Fragment. Göteborgs universitet: SOM-institutet.

Sandberg, Linn & Demker, Marie (2014) ”Starkare oro för främlingsfientlighet än för invandring” i Annika Bergström & Henrik Oscarsson (red) Mittfåra & marginal. Göteborgs universitet: SOM-institutet.

Sandberg, Linn & Demker, Marie (2013) ”Ökat motstånd mot flyktingar men starkt stöd för skäl till uppehållstillstånd” i Lennart Weibull & Henrik Oscarsson och Annika Bergström (red) Vägskäl. Göteborgs universitet: SOM-institutet.

Published Feb. 17, 2015 8:22 AM - Last modified Nov. 27, 2017 4:44 PM