Livia Johannesson

Associate Senior Lecturer

School of Public
Visiting address
Sprängkullsgatan 19
41123 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 712
40530 Göteborg

About Livia Johannesson

About me

I am Associate Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg, and researcher at Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE), at Stockholm University. I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stockholm University in 2017.


My research covers migration policies, asylum determinations, studies of law and society, public healthcare planning and political ethnography. I have a background in feminist political theory and a general interest in sociomateriality, judicial symbols, rituals and language of legitimacy, and interpretive methods. In 2014, I was a visiting scholar at Melbourne Law School and in 2022 I was a visiting scholar at International Institute for The Sociology of Law at Oñati, the Basque Country, Spain.

Research projects

In a research project called “Dilemmas in Courtrooms: How Judges Practice Equality before the Law at Swedish Administrative Courts” (2019-2023) funded by the Swedish Research Council, I study how legal principles such as equality before the law, objectivity, and justice are practiced and perceived by judges at the Swedish administrative courts when deciding compulsory care cases and asylum appeals. Read more about the project here.

Within another research project called “The Materialization of Changes: How Built Spaces Drive, Prevent, and Modify Organizational Changes in Two Swedish University Hospitals” (2020-2024) funded by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare I explore the tensions between managerial strategies to reform public healthcare and the strategies of resistance, innovation, and modification used by healthcare professions in two university hospitals in Sweden. Read more about the project here.

My research has been published in both Swedish and English, among others in journals such as Citizenship Studies, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Social & Legal Studies, International Migration Review, and Policy Sciences.