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Research interests

His main research topics centers on the concepts of regime support and democratic backsliding, with a specific focus on the on-going process of authoritarisation in post-communist Eastern European countries.  Other research interests are public opinion, system support theories and the functioning of regional and global governance institutions.


PD Thomas Karv (1988) is a Project Researcher and University Teacher at Samforsk, The Social Science Research Institute, anindependent department within the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business andEconomics at Åbo Akademi University. He finished his doctoral dissertationin Political Science with Mass Communication in the autumn of 2019, specializing in country-level variations in EU attitudes. His current research focus is on exploring the relationship between regime support and democraticbacksliding. 

He is, furthermore, also an electedmember of the City Council and City Board of Uusikaarlepyy (Nykarleby), Finland.


Political Institutions in the European Union (advanced level)

Politikens teori och praxis (bachelor level) 

Idéer och ideologier (bachelor level)

Demokratins grundprincuper (bachelor level) 

International Relations and Conflicts (advanced level)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Behörighetsgivande intyg, Pedagogiska studier för lärare, högskolepedagogik vid Åbo Akademi, Åbo Akademi University

Award Date: 27 Jan 2021


  • JA Political science (General)
  • JF Political institutions (General)
  • JZ International relations


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