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Annika Johansson

Senior Lecturer at the Police Education Unit, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, Recognized and Distinguished teacher based on Umeå University's educational merit system

Educational qualifications: Distinguished university teacher

Works at

Beteendevetarhuset (BET), Vindarnas torg 1, 3:D2:3 Umeå universitet, Gods F, 907 36 Umeå

I work as a senior lecturer at the Police Education Unit at Umeå University. Most of my teaching is within the module Group Processes and Police Professional Culture and within the Mental Knowledge Area in Police Conflict Management (Polkon). At the moment, I am involved in developing Sweden's first Master's programme in Police Work at the Unit (start autumn 2022). I am a co-supervisor to a PhD student Brian Mc Guigan (Department of Psychology) who is doing research on acute stress management in policing, a research area I am also involved in myself. Another focus of my position is evaluation and validation within an EU project called Melody. The aim of the MELODY project is to develop and disseminate a CBRN training curriculum, based on the self-perceived needs and gaps of active emergency response personnel in the EU, as part of preparing and training blue light personnel for CBRN incidents, thereby strengthening overall preparedness against CBRN threats across the EU. The project consists of ten partners from nine different countries.

In 2018 I was Appointed as Recognized University teacher in the Umeå University pedagogical Qualification Model and in 2019 I was appointed as Distinguished University teacher in the Umeå University pedagogical Qualification Model.

During the years 2003-2020, I worked in parallel with my work at the Unit for Police Education, at the Department of Education at Umeå University, where I was employed during that time before being hired full-time by the Unit for Police Education in 2020. At the Department of Education, I taught mainly in the field of sports science/sport pedagogics, especially in leadership, coaching and project management. In my research, I have studied, among other things, measurement and assessment in sport, selection to elite teams, young people dropping out of sport and development of sport clubs. During the years 2014-2020, I was the programme manager/the chairman for the board of the Sport Science program/Idrottsvetenskapliga programmet.

2001 I graduated with my licentiate thesis "Is it always the right person who wins? Reliability and validity of assessments in the assessment sports of acroski and rhythmic gymnastics" and then in 2008-2010 I wrote my doctoral dissertation "Deciding who is the best. Validity issues in selections and judgements in elite sport".

With a background as an elite athlete in the Swedish Freestyle Team (1991- 2001) with the goal to be the best in the world in my sport and with both successes and setbacks, injuries and other things in the baggage, my interest in the development and management of mental factors related to performance but also to the importance of the group and the leader/coach to develop performance and to make people feel good developed. 

Some examples of non-academic assignments: Chairman of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Freestyle Athletes Committee, Selected Member of The International Ski Federation Athletes Commission, member and acting chairman of the Västerbotten Ski Federation performance coach/mental coach for the Swedish Freestyle National Team (for the Sochi 2014 Olympics) an assignment from the Swedish Olympic Committee and the Swedish Ski Federation



International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Sage Publications 2021, Vol. 56, (4) : 537-557
Eliasson, Inger; Johansson, Annika
Reflektion som professionsverktyg inom polisen, Umeå: Enheten för polisutbildning, Umeå universitet 2020 : 79-89
Liljeholm Bång, Maria; Bäck, Thomas; Johansson, Annika
International journal of sports science & coaching, Sage Publications 2017, Vol. 12, (4) : 470-480
Johansson, Annika; Fahlén, Josef
20th Annual Congress of the European college of Sport Science, 24-27 June 2015, Malmö - Sweden: Book of Abstracts, European College of Sport Science 2015 : 440-441
Eliasson, Inger; Johansson, Annika
Pedagogiska rapporter från Pedagogiska institutionen, 91
Eliasson, Inger; Johansson, Annika
Pedagogiska rapporter från Pedagogiska institutionen, 90
Johansson, Annika; Karp, Staffan
Svensk Idrottsforskning: Organ för Centrum för Idrottsforskning, Stockholm: Centrum för idrottsforskning 2011, Vol. 20, (1) : 34-38
Johansson, Annika
People in motion - bridging the local and global: The 8th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, Umeå: Department of Education, Umeå University 2011 : 157-157
Johansson, Annika
Book of Abstracts: 5th International Congress on Science and Skiing
Johansson, Annika
Pedagogiska rapporter från Pedagogiska institutionen, 83
Johansson, Annika
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Pedagogiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, 95
Johansson, Annika
Licentiatavhandlingar vid Pedagogiska institutionen: Umeå universitet
Johansson, Annika
PM : pedagogiska mätningar, 138
Johansson, Annika
PM : pedagogiska mätningar, 89
Stage, Christina; Johansson, Annika
SVEBI:s årsbok 1992: Aktuell beteendevetenskaplig idrottsforskning, Svensk förening för beteendevetenskaplig idrottsforskning, Lund 1992 : -
Johansson, Annika; Wedman, Ingemar
Undervisningsserien / Pedagogiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, 15
Andersson, Heléne; Bergkvist, Helen; Johansson, Annika; et al.
SVEBI:s årsbok 1988: Aktuell beteendevetenskaplig idrottsforskning, Svensk Förening för Beteendevetenskaplig Idrottsforskning, Lund 1988 : -
Andersson, H; Bergkvist, H; Johansson, Annika; et al.

Research groups

Contact person for the research profile
Learning in police work