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Press and media enquiries, the Department of Sociology in Lund

Sociology and social anthropology can be applied in many social science areas to analyse for instance social structures, relations and actions, or identities in society, in groups, and in individuals.

Our department's expertise includes environmental and developmental issues, school and education, governance and control, criminology and social policy. Power relations and social cleavages, especially those based on ethnicity, gender, sexuality and social class are the focus of much of the department's research.

Journalists looking for an academic to provide an expert comment or background on a story, please search by topic and feel free to contact the listed researchers. You can also contact head of research Mikael Klintman concerning topics not listed.

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  • Veronika Burcar Alm – young people's experiences of violence and threats
  • Johan Sandberg – effects of retracting study allowances from Swedish high school students
  • David Wästerfors – young people’s experiences of incarceration, school and violence in detention homes; gaming among disabled youths


  • Bo Isenberg – class, social differentiation, social stratification, segregation

Crime / Law

  • Susanne Boethius – domestic violence
  • Veronika Burcar Alm – young crime victims, victimization, victim-offender-mediation
  • Lisa Flower – defence lawyers; criminal trials; emotions of legal professionals
  • Henriette Frees Esholdt – Islamic State, Islamist radicalization and terrorism, Swedish foreign fighters, women in terrorism, unofficial propaganda on social media, women's
      operational military roles in ISIS
  • Liv Gaborit – prisons, Prisons in the global south
  • Anna Hedlund – violence, violence prevention and prevention strategies, gun violence, criminal networks
  • Isabelle Johansson – sex work, trafficking; anti-trafficking; prostitution policy
  • Agneta Mallén – safety and fear of crime; cybercrime; victimology
  • Oriana Quaglietta – illicit drug markets
  • Anna Rypi – victim offender mediation
  • Hanna Sahlin Lilja – fear of crime; crime statistics and how they can be understood
  • Steven Sampson – corruption; anti-corruption
  • David Sausdal – gang crime, cross-border crime, surveillance and policing. Has studied Danish criminal policy and can comment on differences between Denmark and Sweden.
  • Marie Sépulchre – the right to non-discrimination based on disability
  • David Wästerfors – theories about physical violence; life in detention homes; crime solving citizens
  • Malin Åkerström – bribes and corruption; criminal lifestyles; domestic violence




(Sociology of) Emotions

  • Lisa Flower – emotion management in the Swedish courtroom
  • David Wästerfors – emotions in relation to scandals and violence; emotional attractions of critizens’ crime interests

Energy and Society

  • Katinka Johansen – post-normal science, energy planning, energy policy and EIA processes (Environmental Impact Assessments) in Denmark


Feminist Theory

Geographical Regions



  • Indonesia - Axel Fredholm: Popular participation and local democracy
  • China - Lisa Eklund: Shortage of women in China, population issues
  • Myanmar - Liv Gaborit: Prisons in the global south
  • Russia - Tova Höjdestrand: Family life; homelessness; conservatism; nationalism
  • Russia - Christopher Swader: Russian society, social change in Russia, social values in Russia


Middle East

  • Israel/Palestine - Nina Gren: The occupied territories
  • The Middle East - Jaleh Taheri: Women's participation in the work force
  • The Middle East - Dalia Abdelhady (for all migration, integration, school, labor markets)




  • Ron Eyerman – collective identity and collective memory
  • Colm Flaherty – meaning and identity within voluntary groups
  • Bo Isenberg – individualisation, collective identity
  • Uzma Kazi – identity formations of Muslims in Sweden


Medicine and Health

  • Shai Mulinari – pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical industry; medical research and social categories

Migration / Integration

  • Dalia Abdelhady – refugees, transnationalism and diaspora, transition from school to work
  • Olle Frödin – labour migration
  • Nina Gren – refugees in Sweden
  • Anders Kjellberg – labour migration in the restaurant and cleaning industries
  • Mai Lundemark – migration/integration, trade union representation of migrants in Denmark
  • Johan Sandberg – role of migrant organizations in labour market integration
  • Priscilla Solano – migration-driven humanitarian assistance; refugee camps; human rights
  • Simon Turner –refugee camps, transnational/diaspora politics

Military Sociology

  • Håkan Silverup -– military violence, war crimes, warrior ethics and military masculinity

Political Sociology

  • Dalia Abdelhady – Immigration/Integration policies, bureaucratic violence, immigrants’ political participation
  • Charalambos Demetriou – social movement radicalization; political violence
  • Staffan Edling – ideologically motivated social science research
  • Jan Mewes – welfare states and popular opinion; social trust
  • Kjell Nilsson – comparative social policy by studies of welfare systems
  • Anton Törnberg – extreme right movements on the Internet, online radicalization
  • Petra Östergren – swedish sex work policy

Social Psychology

  • Carl-Göran Heidegren – sociological theory (classical and modern), cultural sociology, sociology of knowledge
  • Bo Isenberg – Groups, individualisation, community
  • Katinka Johansen – energy transitions, place attachment (the emotional bond between person and place), change resistance
  • David Wästerfors – Gaming and play; self and society

Sustainability and Consumption

Work / Organisation

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The Department of Sociology
Bredgatan 26 (Allhelgonaskolan), Lund

Mikael Klintman,
Head of Research
Email: mikael [dot] klintman [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se
Phone: +46 70 284 55 48