IHS - People

People at IHS in alphabetical order:

  • Isabelle Johansson

    Junior Fellow
  • Social anthropology, policy, sexuality, deviance, criminality, commercial sex, trafficking in human beings. 

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  • Isabelle Johansson is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at Lund University and a fellow at IHS. She has an MA in International Migration & Ethnic Relations from Malmö University and a BA in Social Antrhropology from Lund University. In 2013, she did an internship at the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in Vienna. She has also done work for the Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini as a country expert.


    Isabelle's PhD thesis, which she is currently working on, is about buying sex. It is an account of the ways in which the practice and the people who engage in it are constructed in the context of Sweden, where it is a crime to offer someone any sort of payment in exchange for sex. It is also about how men who pay for sex engage in and make sense of this practice. She is involved in the research project ‘Demand-side Measure Against Trafficking (DemandAT)’, funded under the EU Seventh Framework Programme, for which she researched policy on commercial sex and trafficking in Sweden, Germany and New Zealand, and a member of the COST Action ‘Comparing European Prostitution Policies: Understanding Scales and Cultures of Governance (Prospol)’.Previously, she has written about measures against trafficking in human beings in Sweden and Italy, analysing the links and discrepancies between international and national anti-trafficking policy and the ideas and doings of local policy actors. Her master's thesis "Swedish Anti-Trafficking Policy: Official Framework and Local Practices" was awarded the MIM Master Essay award in 2014.