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Johanna Jonsson

Johanna Jonsson

PhD student

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About me

I'm a PhD student within epidemiology at the Unit of Occupational Medicine, Institute of Environmental Medicine. I have a background in psychology and public health/epidemiology, and am currently writing my thesis on precarious employment with a focus on exposure assessment and health outcomes. Besides my current research area, I'm greatly interested in research focused on social determinants of health, health outcomes and in particular mental health, gender inequity and reproductive health.

 

Research description

My PhD project deals with precarious employment - both in terms of health outcomes and in regard of exposure assessment and sampling strategies. My thesis is written within the frame of the project Precarious Employment in Stockholm (PREMIS), funded by FORTE. 

Precarious employment is today considered a multidimensional concept, including a range of dimensions relating to employment conditions and the employer-employee relationship. Commonly, definitions include a lack of protective regulation, short/uncertain duration, lack of employment benefits and rights, and poor wages. PE is as such closely related to (poor) employment quality. Precarious employment is in no way a new phenomenon, but it is mainly during recent years that the topic has received much attention within published research. Despite the increasing amount of publications, there is of yet no consensus on the definition of precarious employment, nor on how to operationalize precarious employment in research. Research on PE is thus complicated by the lack of sampling frame. There are studies supporting associations between PE and health outcomes, in particular with poor general health and mental health, but evidence is limited due to inconsistent operationalization and the scarcity of longitudinal studies. There is also a lack of studies on pain conditions and working conditions. 

With my thesis I hope to contribute to the progress of precarious employment-research. I have published articles on sampling precarious employees with web-based respondent driven sampling, and on the translation and adaptation of the Swedish version of the Employment Precariousness Scale (EPRES-Se). Currently, I'm also working on a study describing the association between precariousness and general health, pain, mental health and prescription of pharmaceuticals, as well as an operationalization of precarious employment in register data.  

 

Teaching portfolio

I have experience in - and greatly enjoy - co-supervising master students in writing their theses. 

Education

2021 (expected), PhD in Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden 

2016, MSc in Public Health/Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden 

2014, BSc in Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

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