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Emma Engdahl


Department of Sociology and Work
Visiting address
Skanstorget 18
41122 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 720
40530 Göteborg

About Emma Engdahl

Emma Engdahl is professor of sociology at the University of Gothenburg, Department of Sociology and Work Science. Among other things, she is responsible for the development of education and research in the field of social psychology. The work is conducted both at her home institution and at other institutions, including Department of Psychology and Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

Her work is carried out nationally and internationally through networks such as Workshop on Sociological Social Psychology (WoSSP); the Society for Studies of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI); and the European Society of Studies of Symbolic Interaction (EU SSSI). Engdahl was the main organizer for the Fifth Conference of European Studies in Symbolic Interaction (2014) and board member of the European SSSI.

Since her defense of the dissertation A Theory of the Emotional Self (2004) Engdahl has published numerous books, articles and book chapters. For example, Konsten att vara sig själv (The art of the self,) first published in 2009, and Depressive Love: A Social Pathology (2018). Engdahl has worked on a couple of different universities both in Sweden and abroad, and has a solid and proven experience in teaching, supervision on all levels, including doctoral level, research, academic leadership, and innovation. She is continuously hired as an opponent and member of the Examination Board for doctoral dissertations, as well as peer-reviewer for several national and international journals and publishing houses. She is also engaged as an expert for the granting of research funds. Furthermore she has worked in the industry as responsible publisher in the fields of sociology, social work and psychology at Liber AB.

Engdahl has good experiences of interdisciplinary work. She has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, Department of Political Science; University of Chicago, Department of Social Thought; Waterloo University, Department of Philosophy. She has an ongoing collaboration with Stanford University, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, as well as University of Oslo, the Department of Human Geography. Engdahl conducts research in the areas of the sociology of the body and emotions; identity development; non-verbal communication; social change and social pathologies; and social theory.