Mr Erik Lagersten

Mr Erik Lagersten

Director Communication and Public Affairs of region Västra Götaland


Erik Lagersten is the Director of Communication and Public Affairs for the Region Västra Götaland (VGR). He also serves as Senior Stratcom Adviser to the Chief of Swedish Defence Staff. Mr Lagersten has worked in communications, public relations, and marketing for more than 20 years.

Mr Lagersten has worked both in the private sector, in the mobile communications industry and investment banking, as well as in the public sector and government relations. From 2008 and 2015 he was the Director of Communication and Public Affairs at the Swedish Armed Forces and a member of the Armed Forces Defence Board.

Mr Lagersten is a member of the Board for the Swedish Association of Communication Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Naval Sciences. He studied economics, economic statistics, and econometrics at Stockholm University. Mr Lagersten also graduated from the Swedish Naval War Academy in 1989 as a Naval Reserve Officer and was promoted to the rank of Captain (Navy) OF-5 in the Swedish Armed Forces Reserve in 2015.

World of Wordcraft – Why the Military Needs to Care about Strategic Communications

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The world is encountering new fundamental changes in the information environment. These recent developments can be attributed to shifts in information consumption habits in our societies – sophisticated communications technologies are rapidly changing the way people access, use, and exchange information. This, in turn, is changing our societies, our institutions, and the way our adversaries operate in our […]