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Lars E. F. Johannessen

Lars E. F. Johannessen


Lars Johannessen is a sociologist with research on professions, culture and micro interaction. He has done several ethnographic studies of health and social care, including a PhD on the relationship between discretion and standardization in the decision making of healthcare professionals. Johannessen has extensive experience with qualitative methods and analysis, and he is one of the authors behind the book “How to use theory: Useful tools in qualitative analysis” (“Hvordan bruke teori? Nyttige verktøy i kvalitativ analyse).

Johannessen is now working on a study of AV1 – a robot for children with long-term illness, which is meant to be the child’s eyes, ears and voice in the classroom. The project finds inspiration in cultural sociology and science and technology studies, and explores the development, marketing, implementation and effects of the robot.

Fields of study

Academic disciplines


Subject areas

Sociology of culture   Ethnography   Standardisation   Qualitative methods   Primary care out-of-hours services   Medical sociology   Autonomy and discretion   Symbolic interaction   Science and technology studies

Research projects

Scientific publications

Birkelund, Gunn Elisabeth; Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Rasmussen, Erik Børve; Rogstad, Jon (2020). Experience, stereotypes and discrimination. Employers’ reflections on their hiring behavior. European Societies . Vol. 22.

Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Album, Dag; Rasmussen, Erik Børve (2020). Do nurses rate diseases according to prestige? A survey study. Journal of Advanced Nursing . Vol. 76.

Johannessen, Lars E. F. (2019). Negotiated Discretion: Redressing the Neglect of Negotiation in “Street‐Level Bureaucracy”. Symbolic interaction . Vol. 42.

Johannessen, Lars E. F. (2019). The commensuration of pain: How nurses transform subjective experience into objective numbers. Social Science and Medicine . Vol. 233.

Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Rafoss, Tore Witsø; Rasmussen, Erik Børve (2018). Hvordan bruke teori? Nyttige verktøy i kvalitativ analyse. ISBN: 9788215029016. 344 p. Universitetsforlaget.

Johannessen, Lars E. F. (2018). Flertydighet og fleksibilitet: En etnografisk studie av legevaktens profesjonsgrenser. Norsk sosiologisk tidsskrift . Vol. 2.

Johannessen, Lars E. F. (2018). Narratives and gatekeeping: Making sense of triage nurses' practice. Sociology of Health and Illness . Vol. 40.

Johannessen, Lars E. F. (2018). Workplace assimilation and professional jurisdiction: How nurses learn to blur the nursing-medical boundary. Social Science and Medicine . Vol. 201.

Johannessen, Lars E. F. (2017). Beyond guidelines: Discretionary practice in face-to-face triage nursing. Sociology of Health and Illness . Vol. 39.

Album, Dag; Johannessen, Lars E. F.; Rasmussen, Erik Børve (2017). Stability and change in disease prestige: A comparative analysis of three surveys spanning a quarter of a century. Social Science and Medicine . Vol. 180.

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete