Johan Alfonsson

Affiliated Researcher

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

About Johan Alfonsson

Johan Alfonsson holds a PhD in Sociology and is a postdoctoral researcher. He defended his dissertation "Alienation and Work. The Condition of Young On-Call Employees in Flexible Capitalism" in 2020. The book examines the existence of casual workers in flexible capitalism from an alienation perspective.

Alfonsson's research mainly addresses issues concerning precarious employment, its causes, and consequences.

Since February 2021, he has been involved in the Forte-funded research project "Low-wage Jobs in the Swedish Labour Market 2005-2020: What are the jobs, where are they located, and what explains their development?". The project investigates the emergence of low-wage jobs in Sweden, who is at risk of ending up in them, and why they have proliferated.

At Halmstad University, he conducts research on split shifts in elderly care, as part of a postdoctoral position funded by Forte.


Alfonsson, J. (2024). Dismantling Employeesʼ Power Resources in the Swedish Labour Market: An Ideological Theoretical Approach. Nordisk välfärdsforskning, (1), 28-47.

Alfonsson, J., Berglund, T. & Vulkan, P. (2023) Have low-paid jobs increased in the Swedish labor market? Defining low pay in the context of the Nordic model. Economic and Industrial Democracy.

Alfonsson, J. (2023) Self-determination, alienation, and the value-form. Legal Form blog.

Alfonsson, J. (2023) Review of Kohei Saito. Marx in the Anthropocene: Towards the idea of degrowth communism. Cambridge University Press, 2023. Sociologisk Forskning 60 (2), 201-204

Alfonsson, J. (2022). Det otrygga arbetslivet i Sverige - Dess framväxt och konsekvenser. Studentlitteratur AB.

Alfonsson, J. (2022). Arv, miljö eller både och?: En kritisk realistisk kritik av heritabilitetsmetodiken. Sociologisk forskning. 59 (1-2), s.127-148

Alfonsson, J. (2022) "(O)frihet i den flexibla kapitalismen", i Altermark, N. & Dahlstedt, M. (red) Bortom systemskiftet. Mot en ny gemenskap. Stockholm: Verbal förlag.

Alfonsson, J (2022) "Tillsammans med de nyss levande", i Björnsson, A. & Rombach, B. (red) Lägga döden till rätta - hur död administreras i vårt samhälle. Stockholm: Santérus förlag.

Alfonsson, J (2021) ”Sveriges rörelse mot flexibel kapitalism. Anställningsskydd, tillfälliga anställningar och ideologi”, i Wedin, Tomas, Johansson Wilén, Evelina och Wilén, Carl (red.) Ideologikritik – En introduktion. Lund: Studentlitteratur (kapitel i metodbok).

Alfonsson, J (2021) ”Nomaderna på den svenska arbetsmarknaden” i Suhonen, D; Therborn, G & Weithz, J (red) Klass i Sverige. Lund, Arkiv förlag

Alfonsson, J (2020) Alienation och arbete: Unga behovsanställdas villkor i den flexibla kapitalismen. Arkiv Förlag, Lund.

Berglund, T, Håkansson K, Isidorsson T & Alfonsson J (2017) Temporary Employment and the Future Labor Market Status Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies,

Berglund, T, Håkansson K, Isidorsson T & Alfonsson J (2017) Tidsbegränsat anställdas framtida arbetssituation Arbetsmarknad & Arbetsliv

Alfonsson, J (2015) Permanent nykomling - Om behovsanställdas villkor Arbetsmarknad & Arbetsliv