Johanna Adolfsson

Doctoral Research Fellow - Centre for Development and Environment
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Phone +47-22858878
Visiting address Sandakerveien 130 Bygg 2 0484 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1116 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Social Sciences (Student)

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 (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). Spiritual insecurity and political power.
  • Adolfsson, Johanna (2019). The Philosophy of Nudge and the Psychology of Consumption.
  • Adolfsson, Johanna (2018). Diskurs- og narrativ analyse.
  • Adolfsson, Johanna (2018). "There is no gender in this car!": Psychological Concepts Constructing the Global Development Agenda.
  • 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 Dec. 7, 2018 11:53 AM