The Subject of History

Department of History | The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology


Since 2012 I have been employed as a Ph.D. student at the University of Lund, Sweden.

My field of research is contemporary international relations with attention to the Africa policy of the European Union.

I hold a master´s degree in History from the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and a bachelor´s degree in History and Political Theory and Philosophy.


About the research

My research is a historically embedded analysis of development and security issues in EU-African relations.

The European Union is a major actor in development efforts in Africa. Its policy is generally described with emphasis to economic integration and poverty eradication as a matter of post-colonial altruism. However, since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, EU Africa policy may have shown a propensity towards European security and geopolitical interest. At the same time, historical research has challenged the narrative of benign European policy, emphasizing a colonial continuum and policies of clientelism during the Cold War.
My project assesses contemporary securitization, and performs a historical analysis of security and geopolitical path dependence in European Africa policy.

Research portal (Lund University)

Martin Möller Rasmussen

Doctoral Student
Department of History

Contact information

E-mail martin.moller_rasmussenhist.luse

Phone +46 46 222 14 25

Room LUX:A413

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address Box 192, 221 00 Lund

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