Nina Gunnarsson

Senior Lecturer Social Work
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Department of Social work , School of Health and Welfare


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Nina Veetnisha Gunnarsson’s research interest centres on mental health and mental health problems, addiction, and theoretically embedded research in micro sociology (e.g. symbolic interaction) and the sociology of emotions, with a special focus and interest in the experiences of shame, identity work and discourse, narrative analysis.

Current research projects:

  • The role of shame in self-injury
  • Older women who self-injure
  • Self-injury and harm-reduction
  • Collaboration social welfare and health care (children and youth) 
  • Suicidal clients in social services 

Current joint research projects with researchers from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm and University of Manitoba Canada:

  • Mental health and foodhypersensitivity/allergy


Nina Veetnisha Gunnarsson is a senior lecturer in social work at Jönköping University. She started her research journey in an interdisciplinary doctoral program at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm and received her PhD in humanistic medicine (medical sociology) in December 2011. Her thesis explored the everyday practical and interactional strategies used by parents, particularly mothers, in parenting children with allergies, and in particularly such contexts and relations where their parental self and identity may be at stake (e.g. the interview context).  

Nina V Gunnarsson serves as a reviewer for a number of international scientific journals.



Gunnarsson, N. (2022). The scarred body: A personal reflection of self-injury scars Qualitative Social Work, 21(1), 37-52. More information
Golding, M., Batac, A., Gunnarsson, N., Ahlstedt, S., Middelveld, R., Protudjer, J. (2022). The burden of food allergy on children and teens: A systematic review. More information
Gunnarsson, N., Lönnberg, M. (2022). The “good” and the “bad” subject position in self-injury autobiographies Qualitative Social Work, 21(5), 974-994. More information
Gunnarsson, N. (2021). The activation and restoration of shame in an intimate relationship: A first-hand account of self-injury Qualitative Sociology Review, XVII(2), 104-121. More information
Golding, M., Gunnarsson, N., Middelveld, R., Ahlstedt, S., Protudjer, J. (2021). A scoping review of the caregiver burden of pediatric food allergy Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 127(5), 536-. More information
Gunnarsson, N. (2021). The Self-perpetuating Cycle of Shame and Self-injury Humanity and Society, 45(3), 313-333. More information
Middelveld, R., Gunnarsson, N., Ahlstedt, S., Protudjer, J. (2020). Associations between food allergy and perceived life status Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 125(6), P703-P705.E1. More information
Middelveld, R., Gunnarsson, N., Ahlstedt, S., Protudjer, J. (2020). Establishing perceived life status of children with food allergy, and their families by use of a visual analogue scale Allergy. European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 75(Supplement 109), 511. More information
Lindmark, U. Bülow, P. Mårtensson, J. Rönning, H. Ahlstrand, I. Broström, A. , ... Sandgren A. (2019). The use of the concept of transition in different disciplines within health and social welfare: An integrative literature review. More information
Gunnarsson, N., Hemmingsson, H., Hydén, L., Borell, L. (2013). Managing Family Relations and Controlling Information While Supporting an Allergic Child Qualitative Sociology Review, 4(3), 204-219. More information
Gunnarsson, N., Hemmingsson, H., Hydén, L. (2013). Mothers' accounts of healthcare encounters: Negotiating culpability and fulfilling the active mother role Discourse & Society, 24(4), 446-460. More information
Gunnarsson, N., Hydén, L. (2009). Organizing allergy and being a “good” parent: Parents’ narratives about their children’s emerging problems Health, 13(2), 157-174. More information
Gunnarsson, N., Marklund, B., Ahlstedt, S., Borell, L., Nordström, G. (2005). Allergy-like conditions and health-care contacts among children with exclusion diets at school. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 19(1), 46-52. More information

Doctoral thesis

Gunnarsson, N. (2011). Parenting Children with Allergy (Doctoral thesis, Solna: Reproprint). More information

Book chapter

Gunnarsson, N. (2007). Allergins tillblivelse: Föräldrars berättelser om hur barnetskroppsliga besvär identifieras som allergi. In: Sonja Olin Lauritzen (Ed.), Att leva med allergi: Samhällsvetenskapliga och humanistiska perspektiv Stockholm: Carlsson Bokförlag More information

Licentiate thesis

Gunnarsson, N. (2007). Discovery and Management of Child Allergy from the Parent Perspective (Licentiate thesis, Solna: ReproPrint). More information