Shruti Taneja Johansson

Senior Lecturer

Department of Education and Special
Visiting address
Västra Hamngatan 25
41117 Göteborg
Room number
A2 167
Postal address
Box 300
40530 Göteborg

About Shruti Taneja Johansson

Shruti Taneja Johansson is a Senior Lecturer at the Dept. of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg. She holds a PhD in education and has degrees in psychology and the multi-disciplinary field of child and childhood studies. Prior to starting at the university, she has worked extensively with children and young people with developmental disabilities and has experience from special schools, regular schools, residential schools, respite care and residential homes in England, Sweden and India.

Research interests My core areas of research interest are disability, education and inclusion, ranging from the Swedish context to a wider international perspective. In my research I address issues of educational inequity among people with disabilities by examining their life trajectories and individual narratives. Perspectives and practices related to inclusive education and the interaction between culture and autism, are some of my other areas of interest. Recently I have started looked at pupil health, school difficulties and inclusive education.

Currently I am working on the research project “Equity re-examined during Covid-19: Children with disabilities and their education”. The overarching objective is to understand the impact of covid-19 on the education of children with disabilities globally and to suggest possible coping mechanisms to sustain their participation in education. The research is being undertaken across three countries- Nepal, Ethiopia and Qatar.

Another ongoing project is “Participation for all? School and post-school pathways of young people with functional disabilities”, supported by the Swedish Research Council. The project’s focus is on the educational pathways of two groups of young people: young people who are deaf and those with ADHD. The study aims to generate knowledge that can contribute to identifying successful criteria for transitions to adulthood for children and young adults.

Between 2017-2019, I have been involved in a project on Health Promoting Schools. In this project, locally initiated development projects in school jurisdictions were mapped and analyzed with the aim of improving the school's work towards health-promoting school development. These projects were funded by the Swedish National Agency for Education in two rounds.

Teaching interests I teach mainly courses within the field of special and inclusive education, both within the special-educator and teacher programs and also independent courses. Qualitative research methods is another area of expertise. I am teaching and supervising students at all levels, from undergraduate degree, postgraduate to doctoral degree. I have developed a variety of university courses for teachers on cognitive developmental disabilities and intellectual disabilities, with focus on learning, participation and development, as well as on health promotion in schools.

I am currently course director for the following courses offered in Swedish:

  • Learning and Development Concerning Pupils with Intellectual Disability
  • Developmental cognitive disabilities - participation and learning, part I
  • Developmental cognitive disabilities - participation and learning, part II
  • Pupil Health and Developing a Health Promoting School

Qualifications/educational background: PhD in Education from University of Gothenburg MSc in Child studies from Linköping University BA in Psychology from the University of Delhi

Membership Associate research leader, Platform for Research in Inclusive Education and School Development (PRIS), University of Gothenburg (PRIS). Core Member, Cambridge Network for Disability and Education Research (CaNDER)

Funktionshinderforskning i Väst/ Disability Research in Western Sweden


autism, adhd, inclusive education, special education, disability, India, South, culture, health promoting school, intellectual disability, diversity