Isabelle Johansson is a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology at Lund University. She is also a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna.
Her PhD thesis, which she is currently working on, is about buying sex. It is an account of the ways in which the practice and the people who engage in it are constructed in the context of Sweden and how men who pay for sex engage in and make sense of this practice.
The thesis draws, in part, on the project ‘Demand-side Measure Against Trafficking (DemandAT)’, funded under the EU Seventh Framework Programme, for which she researched policy on commercial sex and trafficking in Sweden, Germany and New Zealand. Isabelle has previously written about measures against trafficking in human beings in Sweden and Italy, analysing the links and discrepancies between international and national anti-trafficking policy and the ideas and doings of local policy actors.
Her master's thesis "Swedish Anti-Trafficking Policy: Official Framework and Local Practices" was awarded the MIM Master Essay award in 2014.