Maj-Britt Johansson

Maj-Britt Johansson is the Vice-Chancellor of University of Gävle since July 1, 2008. Maj-Britt Johansson is Professor of Forest Soil Science at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and has been connected to SLU in Uppsala for the major part of her career.

Academic Qualifications

Maj-Britt Johansson acquired her first-cycle education at Uppsala University (Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics) and at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Biology and Soil Sciences). In 1986, she was awarded her Doctor of Philosophy.
Maj-Britt Johansson's research mainly belongs to Forest Soil Science. Focus has been on the organic materials of the soil, the fraction where the main part of the soil's storage of nutrients and carbon available to plants are stored.
The research has e g been documented in some seventy academic articles, which have increased the understanding of important soil processes and of how the soil should be used in a sustainable way. Through her research, Maj-Britt Johansson has contributed to a more careful and sustainable silviculture that jeopardises the long-term productivity of the soil to a lesser extent.
Since 1999, Maj-Britt Johansson is a professor of Forest Soil Science at SLU.

Previous Assignments

Maj-Britt Johansson has been active at SLU for 30 years. She began in 1978 as research assistant and during her nine last years, up until 2008, she had the assignment of head of department at the Department of Forest Soil Science.

1978 — 1986Research Assistant, Department of Forest Soil Science, SLU
1984 — 1985Visiting Research Fellow, University of Bayreuth, Germany
1986 — 1991Researcher, Department of Forest Soil Science, SLU
1990 — 1991Deputy Head of Division, the Nature Conservancy Unit, the County Administrative Board in Uppsala (on leave from SLU)
1991 — 1996 Senior Lecturer, Department of Forest Soil Science, SLU
1996 — 1999Acting Professor, Forest Soil Science, SLU
1999 — Professor, Forest Soil Science, SLU
1999 — 2008 Head of Department, Department of Forest Soil Science, SLU


Since 2006, Maj-Britt Johansson is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.
Over the years, she has also had different international assignments within education and research. Maj-Britt Johansson has also had a coordinating role in two EU projects (TEMPUS-TARCIS) - collaborations between Sweden, Germany and Russia - which resulted in a master's programme in agroecology at the Timiriasev Academy in Moscow. She has also been invited as a teacher in different contexts in e g Scotland, Italy, Russia and Latvia.

Personal Facts

Maj-Britt Johansson was born in 1955 in Avesta and grew up in both Hälsingland and Gästrikland.


Maj-Britt Johansson



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University of Gävle
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