Erik Landstrom



The place(s) I call home

The world, but more specifically Sweden

Prior to PSIA I was

Working as an independent researcher for my French company Landstrom Consulting. Prior to that I worked for Columbia University where I provided primary research on a high-level research project on European & Russian gas transportation scenarios and worked on a high-level research project on the future of maritime transportation. I also provided original research for a 2011 International Affairs article 'Between Kant and Machiavelli: EU foreign policy priorities in the 2010’s. Before this I was doing my BA in Sweden while working for banks and financial institutions.

My life at PSIA

I chose my program because I wanted to experience studying at two high-level universities in two cosmopolitan centers over two years and receive two master degrees. It seemed like a no-brainer at the time and I have never regretted choosing the program for a second.

What has been your most memorable event at PSIA? Two memorable events during my time at PSIA were the French election, which we had the privilege to follow from the front row thanks to Sciences Po's high profile in French politics and of course sadly the death of Richard Descoings, which created a very genuine grief among Sciences Po's students, teachers and employees.

My objectives

I would like to work as a research/analyst/strategist in strategic sectors connected to the energy sector, focusing on understanding and capitalizing on new challenges and opportunities. The energy sector and related strategic sectors such as shipping, financial markets, etc. that affect and are affected by the energy sector.

My best tips

My most inspiring class so far has been: It is hard to select one; I took so many good energy classes during my year at PSIA. The biggest positive surprise was 'Energy & Development' with Giacomo Luciani. It condensed the current debate on dealing with energy and development in a very meaningful way, while giving the students the option to do an in-depth case study. My key to success at PSIA: I’m not sure I have one but if I were to give one word of advice to incoming students it would be to make sure they engage with fellow students and the faculty so as to take advantage of the human capital offered here at Sciences Po.

My life outside PSIA

Recent study breaks include: In Paris there is a lot going on at any given time, you should keep your ears to the streets. Knowing some French helps a lot. I encourage people to visit the surrounding area and not just limit themselves to the city itself. Fontainebleau is a beautiful forest just to the south of Paris where climbers can go and enjoy high-level climbing on boulders spread naturally around the forest. The forest also has big sand fields, which creates a very special environment. You can also just go there for a picnic or a hike if you are not interested in climbing boulders. Other than that the city itself should be explored on foot or bike, try to avoid mass transit and take advantage of the beauty of the city itself. The canal and the river are natural gathering points. 

 What do you like best about Paris: Once again, it is very hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why I love and hate Paris simultaneously. The food is amazing and even on a student budget you should be able to experience it.  Try to shop around your neighborhood to find the best boulangerie.  If you don't miss eating baguettes or croissants in the morning when you settle in a different city then that is a sure sign that you have missed out! The picnic tradition is fantastic and I would really advise you to explore the different parks and banks of the river and canal to find your favorite spot. Being able to bike around is also fantastic, Paris has good bike lanes and they are getting better and better. The city is also small enough for biking to always be worth your while. Also the people are nice if you are nice to them, don't listen to all the talk about arrogant Parisians. 

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