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Anna-Britt Coe

My research focuses on how and why social movements influence society and policies as well as how and why young people practice politics by merging boundaries between the state and society.

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Associate professor at Department of Sociology
Hus Y, Beteendevetarhuset & Norra beteendevetarhuset Mediagränd 14, Beteendevetarhuset, Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

I work as a teacher and researcher at the Department of Sociology, Umeå University. My teaching consists of courses that span undergraduate and graduate levels and encompass topics such as organizations and society, sociological theory, and qualitative methodology especially Grounded Theory method. I am the coordinator of the multidisciplinary Master’s Program in Leadership and Organization (since January 2018).

My research interest concentrates on two fields: social movements with a focus on how movements influence society and policies, and young people’s political action with a focus on how they practice politics outside the state. Empirically, I examine both the meanings that activist groups assign to their collective action as well as the social processes they develop in relation to these meanings.  

My empirical research examines activism in Sweden and Latin America. In Sweden, I work with colleagues from Umeå Center for Gender Studies to investigate how civil society groups mobilize around safe public spaces and how they address gendered and racialized hierarchies through their activism. In Peru and Ecuador, I examine feminist activism in favor of gender justice as well as sexual and reproductive rights.

As an advisor to four PhD students at the Medical Faculty, I have collaborated with thesis research on building health management capacity, using e-health to improve access to treatment of urinary incontinence, and most recently, understanding how patient-provider interactions and work organizations shape access to cancer care in the context of standardized cancer care pathways.  

I earned my BA in Sociology and Spanish/Latin American Studies in 1989 and MA in Applied Sociology in 1999, both from the American University, Washington D.C. I received my PhD in Sociology in 2010 and Associate Professorship of Sociology in 2015, both from Umeå University. Between 2011-2013, I was post-doctoral researcher at the Umeå Center of Gender Studies, and between 2014-2017 I was a research fellow at the Epidemiology and Global Health Unit, Umeå University.

I have been a member of the International Sociological Association since 2008. Between 2014-2018, I served as a Regional Representative from Europe for the Research Committee 32 “Women, Gender and Society” of the ISA.

Key words: activist groups, feminism, gender justice, Latin America, safety practices, social movements, sexual and reproductive rights, young adults

Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, Taylor & Francis 2020, Vol. 38, (2) : 238-247
Hultstrand Ahlin, Cecilia; Coe, Anna-Britt; Lilja, Mikael; et al.
BMC Health Services Research, BioMed Central 2020, Vol. 20, (1)
Hultstrand Ahlin, Cecilia; Coe, Anna-Britt; Lilja, Mikael; et al.
Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, Routledge 2020, Vol. 27, (7) : 1044-1062
Sandberg, Linda; Coe, Anna-Britt
Journal of Youth Studies, Taylor & Francis 2019, Vol. 22, (6) : 839-855
Coe, Anna-Britt; Rönnblom, Malin
Social Movement Studies, Routledge 2019, Vol. 18, (5) : 622-638
Coe, Anna-Britt; Sandberg, Linda
Journal of Clinical Nursing, John Wiley & Sons 2019, Vol. 28, (7–8) : 1223-1232
Hultstrand Ahlin, Cecilia; Hörnsten, Åsa; Coe, Anna-Britt; et al.
Sport, Education and Society, Abingdon: Routledge 2019, Vol. 24, (5) : 441-454
Wiklund, Emelie; Jonsson, Emma; Coe, Anna-Britt; et al.
Sociological inquiry, Vol. 88, (3) : 510-534
Coe, Anna-Britt
Health Research Policy and Systems, BioMed Central 2018, Vol. 16
Tetui, Moses; Zulu, Joseph Mumba; Hurtig, Anna-Karin; et al.
Global Public Health, Routledge 2017, Vol. 12, (8) : 1004-1017
Goicolea, Isabel; Coe, Anna-Britt; San Sebastián, Miguel; et al.
Umeå: Umeå universitet 2017
Sandberg, Linda; Brandén, Jennie; Rönnblom, Malin; et al.
Health Research Policy and Systems, BioMed Central 2017, Vol. 15
Tetui, Moses; Coe, Anna-Britt; Hurtig, Anna-Karin; et al.
Global Health Action, Abingdon: Taylor & Francis 2017, Vol. 10
Tetui, Moses; Coe, Anna-Britt; Hurtig, Anna-Karin; et al.
Global Health Action, Vol. 10
Vives-Cases, Carmen; Espinar-Ruiz, Eva; Castellanos-Torres, Esther; et al.
Gränser, mobilitet och mobilisering: Boundaries, mobility and mobilisation : Nationell konferens för genusforskning = Swedish conference for gender research, Göteborg: Nationella sekretariatet för genusforskning 2016 : 97-98
Coe, Anna-Britt; Sandberg, Linda
Journal of Youth Studies, Routledge 2016, Vol. 19, (10) : 1321-1337
Coe, Anna-Britt; Wiklund, Maria; Uttjek, Margaretha; et al.
BMC Health Services Research, Vol. 16
Tetui, Moses; Hurtig, Anna-Karin; Ekirpa-Kiracho, Elizabeth; et al.
Youth & society, Vol. 47, (1) : 3-28
Coe, Anna-Britt; Goicolea, Isabel; Hurtig, Anna-Karin; et al.
Latin American Politics and Society, John Wiley & Sons 2015, Vol. 57, (2) : 132-153
Coe, Anna-Britt; Vandegrift, Darcie
Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, Vol. 22, (4) : 399-419
Goicolea, Isabel; Coe, Anna-Britt; Öhman, Ann
BMC Public Health, London: BioMed Central 2013, Vol. 13
Anticona, Cynthia; Coe, Anna-Britt; Bergdahl, Ingvar; et al.
Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Bingley, U.K.: Emerald 2013 : 107-132
Coe, Anna-Britt
Journal of Youth Studies, Routledge 2013, Vol. 16, (6) : 695-711
Coe, Anna-Britt; Goicolea, Isabel; Öhman, Ann
Journal of Gender Studies, Taylor & Francis 2012, Vol. 21, (2) : 151-167
Coe, Anna-Britt
Global Health Action, Co-Action Publishing 2012, Vol. 5 : 18748-
Goicolea, Isabel; Coe, Anna-Britt; Hurtig, Anna-Karin; et al.
Mobilization, MetaPress 2011, Vol. 16, (4) : 495-512
Coe, Anna-Britt
Sociological perspectives, University of California Press 2011, Vol. 54, (4) : 665-688
Coe, Anna-Britt; Schnabel, Annette
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Sociologiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, 62
Coe, Anna-Britt
Social Movement Studies, Taylor & Francis Group 2009, Vol. 8, (4) : 427-447
Coe, Anna-Britt
Reproductive Health Matters, Elsevier 2007, Vol. 15, (29) : 139-148
Chávez, Susana; Coe, Anna-Britt
Reproductive health matters, Elsevier 2004, Vol. 12, (24) : 56-69
Coe, Anna-Britt