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Criminology

Research group Within this research group, we study sociological aspects of criminal phenomena, as well as the crime prevention work of government agencies and other actors.

In order to gain a deeper understanding of how crime can arise, be sustained and end, it is necessary to study how individuals’ life course, relationships and attitudes develop over time, as well as how decision-making at the individual level relates to structural and cultural influences at the group, organizational and societal level, including strategies to reduce crime. Our research projects have an interdisciplinary approach where we benefit from knowledge and methods from various disciplines in addition to criminology, such as organizational sociology, social psychology, human geography and economics. We investigate these phenomena through research methods that are suitable for analyzing complex systems, for example extensive surveys, geographical analysis and social network analysis.

Some examples from our ongoing research by the research group:

  • Violent extremism and the criminal organization of organized crime
  • Societal consequences of crime prevention policy in Sweden, for example the vulnerable areas programme
  • Police violence, discrimination, and trust in the police among vulnerable groups in society, in Sweden and in a comparative perspective
  • Tax crime and welfare crime
  • Police officers’ perception of crime prevention work
  • Violent threats and internal security: a comparison between Sweden and Canada
  • The police’s work to build trust among crime victims of domestic violence

Members

Mikael Goossen
Associate professor
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Josefina Jarl
Doctoral student
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Mia Lind
Doctoral student
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Ragnar Lundström
Associate professor
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Jeffrey Mitchell
Associate professor
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Hernan Mondani
Associate professor
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Research projects

Disentangling discrimination in Europe: Patterns, processes, and consequences of discrimination experiences among multiple targeted groups in a comparative perspective
Discrimination is an incredibly complex problem in Europe, since in each country there are several groups which experience discrimination in severa...
Type of project Research project
Duration 1 January 2024 until 31 December 2026
Labeling Neighborhoods: Assessing the neighborhood level impact of vulnerable area designations on health, crime, and trust
The vulnerable area designation was created by the Swedish Police Authority with the intention of alleviating some of the negative effects caused b...
Type of project Research project
Duration 1 January 2024 until 31 December 2026
Latest update: 2024-05-06