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Åsa Boholm


Åsa Boholm
Professor in social anthropology
+46 31 786 5186

Room number: A316
Postal Address: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 41314 Göteborg

School of Global Studies (More Information)
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 413 14 Göteborg

About Åsa Boholm

  • PhD in social anthropology from University of Gothenburg (1983)
  • Associate professor in social anthropology ("docent" title), University of Gothenburg (1986)
  • Professor of social anthropology at the School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg (2000)
  • Professor of social anthropology at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg (2011)
  • Active as a researcher at the multidisciplinary research institute, Centre for Public Sector Research, University of Gothenburg (1996-2011), and director of the research program "Society and Risk" at CEFOS.

Areas of interest

Research fields range from historical anthropology, political symbolism, ritual and religion, to environmental anthropology and risk research, the latter including cultural dimensions and conceptual meanings of risk, and the communication, regulation and management of technological risks in the public domain.

Research focus is on collective beliefs and practices concerning values at stake, organizational and institutional forces and on the collusions and collisions of relative perspectives and rationalities salient in risk debates.

Areas of interest include regulation and policy issues in the public domain, contested localization of large scale facilities, environmentalism and concern for nature, public trust and citizen involvement, communication and rhetoric, and the role of science and technology in public deliberation and decision making. Regional specialization covers Sweden and Italy.

Current Research
Collaborats in the project NanoSphere: Centre for interaction and risk studies in Nano-Bio-Geo-Socio-Techno-sphere interfaces, led by Martin Hassellöv, researcher at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Gothenburg. The goal of this large multidisciplinary project is to achieve better risk assessment of nanotechnology.

The rapid and promising development of nanotechnology necessitates a simultaneous increase in knowledge about the risks of nanotech to human health, ecosystems and society. Evidence indicates that manufactured nanoparticles can have harmful effects, but knowledge about this is fragmented and sometimes contradictory. Various aspects of the development of risk management in society will be studied.

The project is conducted interdisciplinary with Chalmers University of Technology and brings together researchers from three faculties at the University of Gothenburg: natural science, medicine and social sciences.

Teaching and tutoring
 Do not teach at the moment.


Latest publications

Den svenska allmänhetens inställning till nanoteknik
Simon Larsson, Åsa Boholm
Sprickor i fasaden : SOM-undersökningen 2017, Göteborg, Göteborgs universitet: SOM-institutet., Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Cultural theory
Åsa Boholm
Companion to Environmental Studies, Routledge, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Attitudes towards nanomaterials and nanotechnology among Swedish expert stakeholders: Risk, benefit and regulation
Simon Larsson, Åsa Boholm, Magnus Jansson
Gothenburg , Gothenburg Research Institute, School of Business, Economics and Law, Gothenburg University, Report 2017

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Åsa Boholm
Journal of Mediterranean Studies, Journal article 2015
Journal article

The role of valuation practices for risk identification
Åsa Boholm, Hervé Corvellec
Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Report 2015

Anthropology and Risk
Åsa Boholm
London, Routledge, Book 2015


A relational theory of risk: lessons for risk communication
Åsa Boholm, Hervé Corvellec
Effective risk communication. Red Joseph Arvai & Louie Rivers III, London, New York & London, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Earthscan, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book


Anthropology and decision making: An introduction
Åsa Boholm, Annette Henning, Krzyworzeka Amanda
Focaal : European Journal of Anthropology, Journal article 2013
Journal article

Messy logic: organisational interactions and joint commitment in railway planning
Åsa Boholm
Organisational anthropology. Doing ethnography in and among complex organisations, London, Pluto Press, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

From within a community of planners:Hypercomplexity in railway design work
Åsa Boholm
Elusive promises. Planning in the contemporary world. Red. Simone Abram & Gisa Weszkalnys, New York, Berhahn Books, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

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