Sebastian Godenhjelm


    Research areas

  • 517 Political science - Governance, Project Management, Policy analysis, Regional development, Democracy, Evaluation

Description of research and teaching

Sebastian Godenhjelm is a university lecturer at the Swedish School of Social Science (SSSS). Godenhjelm has previously worked as a visiting researcher at Cornell University, a coordinator for the research and coordination centre FO-RUM, a Planning Officer for the Department of Political and Economic Studies as well as an Administrative assistant in political science at the SSSS.

Godenhjelm has also worked as a senior officer at the Ministry of Justice, and has conducted several evaluations for the Ministry of Labor and the Economy, the Ministry of Forestry and Agriculture as well as the think tank MAGMA. He is a member of the board of the Nordic Political Science Association (NoPSA) and the secretary of the Nordiska aministrativa förbundets finska avdelning (NAF). He is also a member of the Special Interest Group (SIG-13) on public sector project management and has been a board member of the Finnish Political Science Association (VTY).

During his employment at the SSKH Godenhjelm has participated and participates in the planning and teaching of several courses at Bachelor relating to for instance political and legal structures in Finland, administrative politics, as well as organizations and their political influence. Godenhjelm also participates in the supervision of Bachelors and Masters thesis work at the SSSS. He has also planned the thematic study program on Communication in the public sector as well as Swedish language master level education in administration and organizational studies at the Department of Political and Economic Studies.


Research interests
Godenhjelm´s research interests centres around public management, participation, actors and processes in regional development in Finland. The research area is linked to the relationship between traditional forms of governing versus new forms of governance often charatterised as temporary network type project organizations.

The research particularly focuses on temporary organizations and their implications on citizens, democracy and legitimacy.


Latest publications

  1. INNO-NORD PROJEKTET: Att främja handlingskapacitet och förändring: projektdrivna innovationer i Nordisk offentlig förvaltning

    Godenhjelm, S. (ed.), Sjöblom, S. M. (ed.) & Jensen, C. (ed.), 14 Aug 2018, Helsingfors: Helsingfors universitet. 40 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

  2. The Effect of Stakeholder Inclusion on Public Sector Project Innovation

    Godenhjelm, S. & Johanson, J-E., Mar 2018, In : International Review of Administrative Sciences. 84, 1, p. 42-62 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Project organisations and Governance: Processes, actors, actions, and participatory procedures

    Godenhjelm, C. A. S., May 2016, Helsinki: University of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies. 88 p.

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisCollection of Articles

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Latest activities

  1. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business (Journal)

    Sebastian Godenhjelm (Reviewer)
    9 Nov 201830 Nov 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

  2. Lena Wängnerud

    Sebastian Godenhjelm (Host)
    6 Nov 20187 Nov 2018

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

  3. Assessment of competence of Associate professor Karl Löfgren to the position of Docent, Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki (Event)

    Sebastian Godenhjelm (Board member)
    1 Nov 201819 Nov 2018

    Activity: Membership typesAssessment of candidates for academic posts

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Latest prizes

  1. Masters thesis of the year

    Sebastian Godenhjelm (Recipient), 28 Jun 2005

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Latest projects

  1. Substans- och språksynergi i ledarskapsutbildning inom social- och hälsovården

    Godenhjelm, S., Mickwitz, Å., Åberg-Reinke, L., Lindblom, C. & Sjöblom, S.


    Project: Other projectEducation

  2. Digiloikka

    Godenhjelm, S., Sjöblom, S. & Lemola, I.


    Project: Other projectEducation

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