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Vanja Carlsson

Affiliated Researcher

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

About Vanja Carlsson


  • Doctoral student School of Public Administration, sep 2012-
  • Master degree in Political Science (including gender studies and economics), University of Lund, 2010.
  • Before I started my phd, I was working with gender mainstreaming within a EU-financed project at the Count Administrative Boards. I have also been a consultant within the field of (gender) equality.

Research interest

  • Critical Perspectives on Public Administration
  • Europeanization
  • The policy field of gender equality
  • Institutional theory
  • Discourse theory
  • Public steering and policy tools

Current research In my dissertation I study differences and similarities between the bureaucratic organizations of the gender equality objectives within the European Social Fund. Within the context of the national public administration, different member states within the EU have chosen different ways of designing “support structures” for these objectives. The creation of these support structures highlights the interesting relationship between bureaucracy (organization) and idea/interpretation (content) of politics, and thus is the focus of this research project.


  • Theory of Democracy
  • Organization and Intersectionality
  • Supervising Bachelor and Master degree projects