Johanna Adolfsson

Doctoral Research Fellow
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Visiting address Sandakerveien 130 Bygg 2 0484 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1116 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic Interests


My research interests include the intersection of psychology and development policy and practice, neoliberal subjectivities, gender-relations, power structures, knowledge production, language and discursive negotiations. My specific research focus on promoting an understanding of how maternal and reproductive health policies transfer between the global-, national- and local levels, and how these alterations have consequences for people subjected to and dependent on these policies. The regional focus of the study is Malawi.

  • Norm-critical approaches to psychology
  • Sexual, reproductive and maternal health
  • Language, gender relations and power structures
  • Global health policy making
  • Interdisciplinary research


  • Administrative and Scientific Coordinator, LEVE – Livelihoods in Developing Countries, University of Oslo
  • Research Assistant, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo
  • Research Assistant, LEVE – Livelihoods in Developing Countries, University of Oslo
  • Master degree in Cultural- and Societal Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo
  • LEVE-fellow, Centre for Development and the Environment
  • Bachelor in Culture and Communication, University of Oslo
  • Exchange student, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina 



Tags: Social Psychology, Global South, Africa, Health and Development, Malawi, qualitative research


  • Adolfsson, Johanna Sofia & Moss, Sigrun Marie (2021). “Even the NGOs Never Talk About Ufiti [Witchcraft]”: a Decolonial and Feminist Cultural Psychological Analysis of Individualized Development Clashing with Communal Ways of Being. Human Arenas. ISSN 2522-5790. doi: 10.1007/s42087-021-00230-1.
  • Adolfsson, Johanna & Madsen, Ole Jacob (2019). “Nowadays there is gender”: “Doing” global gender equality in rural Malawi. Theory & psychology. ISSN 0959-3543. p. 1–21. doi: 10.1177/0959354319879507. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Kloster, Maren Olene & Adolfsson, Johanna (2019). Kvinnen - en smart investeringsmulighet. Fett. ISSN 1504-1921. p. 36–39.
  • Adolfsson, Johanna (2019). Spiritual insecurity and political power .
  • Adolfsson, Johanna (2019). “Moving forward together”: International individualism meets local communalism when discussing empowerment and development with rural Malawians.
  • Adolfsson, Johanna (2019). SUM-Forum: "Negotiating Girl Power: empowering women and girls to build sustainable livelihoods" .
  • Adolfsson, Johanna (2019). The Philosophy of Nudge and the Psychology of Consumption.
  • Adolfsson, Johanna (2018). "There is no gender in this car!": Psychological Concepts Constructing the Global Development Agenda .
  • Adolfsson, Johanna (2018). Diskurs- og narrativ analyse .
  • Adolfsson, Johanna & Madsen, Ole Jacob (2018). 'Nowadays there is gender': 'doing' global gender policy in rural Malawi'.

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Published Aug. 16, 2013 12:59 PM - Last modified Sep. 4, 2019 2:39 PM