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Johanne Sofie Malde

Research assistant,

Department of Government

Johanne Sofie Malde is a research assistant at the SUCCESS project. She holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in Administration and Organization Theory from the Department of Government at the University of Bergen. 

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In her master thesis, Johanne Sofie studied public leadership in a political-administrative context and cost efficiency in Norwegian municipalities. By making her own data set, she investigated the potential influence of chief municipal officer's previous work experience on their performance as administrative leaders of their municipalities. As a research assistant, she will contribute by developing data sets of political candidates at the local and regional level in Norway. 

Get to know Johanne Sofie

Is there a TV-show you are binging now?   

If I'm binging, it's a sitcom, but I am currently watching "The Wire" and the Norwegian series "Makta".


Which podcasts are you listening to right now and why?  

I love listening to stories about historic events, like "Hele Historien" and "Historier fra virkeligheten" from NRK or "Alt fortalt" from VG. It's captivating. I have also been a keen listener of "198 land", learning both useful and weird facts about other countries. 


What kind of music are you listening to these days?

According to Spotify wrapped my favourite genres are rock, metal and punk. Lately I've been listening to Kvelertak and Blood Command, as well as Kaizers Orchestra after their comeback. 


Which novel would you recommend for purely entertainment purposes?

The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck.


How would you describe your desk?

At the moment it's quite messy. There are two big screens, headphones, coffee, post-it notes, a laptop, some articles, and more. I would like it to be tidier, but I kind of need everything at once. 


Where are you best able to think?

Most likely in the office while writing sentences for a text or code for R by hand - before I type it into the computer. This way I can keep a train of thought much better, instead of editing a document several times and risk losing a good idea or a well worded sentence. 


What is your favorite thing to do to relax?

Watching football with my boyfriend. Although this could be stressful (depends on the score).

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