Johanna Adolfsson

Postdoctoral Fellow - Senter for utvikling og miljø
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Visiting address Sandakerveien 130 Bygg 2 0484 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1116 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic Interests

  • The intersection of Western psychology and global development policy making
  • Power structures and knowledge production
  • Neoliberal subjectivities
  • Language and discursive negotiations
  • Norm critical psychology 
  • Gender relations
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Malawi

Courses taught


  • PhD in Cultural Psychology, and Research Fellow, Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo, 2016-2021. Title The psychologization of development: Westernization, individualization and universalization of human ways of being
  • Consultant, Psykologiforbundet 2019-2021
  • Research Coordinator, LEVE – Livelihoods in Developing Countries, University of Oslo 2015-2016
  • MSc Cultural Psychology, University of Oslo, 2012-2014. Title ‘Looking the other way does not make them disappear’: Social construction of migrant Roma in Norwegian media.
  • BA Cultural Studies, University of Oslo, 2007-2011



Tags: Cultural Psychology, Global South, Africa, Malawi, Development, Malawi, qualitative research


  • Adolfsson, Johanna Sofia & Moss, Sigrun Marie (2021). Making Meaning of Empowerment and Development in Rural Malawi—International Individualism Meets Local Communalism. The Journal of Social and Political Psychology. ISSN 2195-3325. 9(2), p. 623–636. doi: 10.5964/jspp.7549. Full text in Research Archive
  • 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. Full text in Research Archive
  • 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 Oct. 5, 2022 10:03 AM