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Peter Johansson

Deputy Head of Department

School of Global
Visiting address
Konstepidemins väg 2
41314 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 700
40530 Göteborg

About Peter Johansson

  • Lecturer at the School of Global Studies
  • 2008 - PhD in Peace and Development Research 

Areas of interest My general research interest is on the political aspects of human rights, that is, how different actors perceive and use the ethical and legal norms and rules that the human rights system covers. A related research interest is rights-based policies and the implementation of human rights in practice.

Previous Research Projects My thesis work focused on how the Swedish parliament used and related to the two international discourses on indigenous proples' rights and minority rights, and what impact those discourses have had on Swedish Sami policy. In a releated research project I did research on how states used the principles of state sovereignty and peoples’ right to self-determination in the case of Kosovo.

In the project Discourse and Security Practice, we researched how human rights and democratic values inform and influence the development of information security systems. The project included two sub-studies. The first sub-study focussed on the web-based e-health account HälsaFörMig (HealthForMe) developed by the Swedish eHealth Agency on behalf of the Ministry of Social Affairs. HälsaFörMig acted as a hub to identify discourses and value conflicts in the eHealth sector in Sweden. The second sub-study focused on attitudes to Whistleblowing and the Freedom to disclose information among white collar workers in the private and public sectors in Sweden. The project was part of the research program Security Culture and Information Technology (SECURIT) funded by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).

Current research During 2019-2021 I will do resarch on the view on Whistleblowing in Swedish organisations. This reaserch is done wihtin the research project Information Security Culture in Practice financed by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). The research project is a collaboration between researchers at University of Gothenburg, Örebro University, KTH and Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI).

Current assignments

  • Member of the program committees for the master's programs in Human Rights and Human Rights Policy and Practice.
  • Member of the Educations Council and the Strategic group for cooperation and internationalization (SamInt) at the School of Global Studies.
  • Member of the Social Science Faculty's Academic Appointment Board.

Teaching and tutoring My main focus in teaching is on human rights and I do most of my teaching in the master's programs in Human Rights and Human Rights Policy and Practice. Furthermore, I teach in the fields of International Relations, Global Studies, Global Health, and Public Health. I am also involved in the university courses on teaching and learning in higher education. I supervise students at both undergraduate and graduate levels and I am currently tutoring two doctoral candidates.