Digital disputations in the Nordic countries

Take this opportunity to follow digital disputations for PhD in criminology and related sciences at Nordic universities. The disputations are open for all and streamed by zoom.

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Congratulations to the new Nordic criminology PhDs!

Since spring  2020 it has been possible to follow digital disputations for PhD in criminology and related sciences at Nordic universities.

We here take the opportunity to congratulate the new Nordic PhDs!
Looking forward to your further research.

Alexander Engström defended the thesis “Everyday life, crime and fear of crime among adolescents and young adults.” (Malmö University, Department of Criminology) on June 11th 2021.

Examination committee/opponents

  • Professor Micael Björk, The Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg
  • Professor Vania Ceccato, Division of Urban and Regional Studies, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Professor
  • Professor Anna Dåderman, The Department of Social and Behavioural Studies – Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology, University West.
  • Deputy/alternate in the committee is Dr Kim Moeller, Department of Criminology, Malmö Umiversity

Chair at defence

Christine Kumlien, Vice Dean and Professor at Department of Care Science, Malmö University.

Main supervisor

Marie Torstensson Levander, Senior Professor


Anna-Karin Ivert, Associate Professor, both at the Department of Criminology, Malmö University.

Martin Nøkleberg defended the thesis “Policing global hubs – A study of the Norwegian airport and maritime port security environments” (Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, Oslo University) on June 11th.

Adjudication committee
  • Professor Heidi Mork Lomell, University of Oslo (Head of committee)
  • Professor Adam Crawford, University of Leeds (1. opponent)
  • Assistant professor Yarin Eski, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2. opponent)
Chair of defence

Dean Ragnhild Hennum

  • Professor Katja Franko
  • Professor Helene Oppen Ingebrigtsen Gundhus
  • Associate Professor Emer Jan Froestad


Julia Sandahl defended the thesis “Juvenile Crime in Context: The Significance of School Affiliation” (Department of Criminology, Stockholm University) on June 11th 2021.


Robert Svensson, Professor of Criminology, Department of Criminology, Malmö University

Assessment Committee

Signe Hald Andersen, PhD in Sociology, Research Leader and Deputy Chief of Research. The Rockwool Foundation Research Unit, Copenhagen
Janne Kivivuori, Professor of Criminology, The Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy, University of Helsinki
Anders Nilsson, Professor of Criminology, Department of Criminology, Stockholm University
Suppleant: Marie Evertsson, Professor of Sociology in Social Policy at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), Stockholm University


Tove Pettersson, Professor of Criminology, Department of Criminology, Stockholm University
Bitte Modin, Professor of Sociology, Department of Public Health Sciences, Stockholm University


Felipe Estrada, Professor of Criminology, Department of Criminology, Stockholm University

Nadja Kirchhoff Hestehave defended the thesis: ‘Coppers Chasing Usual Suspects – An Embedded Search for a Proactive Police Performance and the Detective Métier’ (Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University) on June 7th 2021.

Members of the Assessment Committee





John Todd-Kvam defended the thesis; Understanding desistance and penality in Norway: discourses, practices and experiences (Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, Oslo University) on April 30th 2021.

Adjudication committee

  • Professor Heidi Mork Lomell, University of Oslo (leader)
  • Professor Rosemary Ricciardelli, Memorial University of Newfoundland (1. opponent)
  • Lecturer Jake Phillips, Sheffield Hallam University (2. opponent)

Chair of defence
Vice dean Vibeke Blaker Strand


  • Professor Thomas Ugelvik
  • Professor Fergus McNeill

Mikaela Magnusson defended the thesis: Interviewing preschoolers: Facilitators and barriers to young children’s legal testimony (University of Gothenburg, Department of Psychology) at December 11th.

Opponent is professor Martine Powell at Griffith University, Australia.

Hilgunn Olsen defended the thesis Narkotikapolitikk og skadereduksjon. Dilemmaer i politiarbeid, rusbehandling og sprøyterom” (Oslo University) at November 13th.

Assessment committee
* Professor Helene Gundhus, Universitetet i Oslo (leder)
* Lektor Esben Houborg, Universitetet i Aarhus (1. opponent)
* Professor Paul Larsson, Politihøgskolen (2. opponent)

Dean Ragnhild Hennum

* Professor Sveinung Sandberg
* Seniorforsker Kristin Buvik

Johan Lindwall defended the thesis “Handlingsimperativets dilemman – Om frihet och kontroll i socialtjänstens arbete med klienter som använder narkotika” (University of Gothenburg) at November 6th.


Professor Kerstin Svensson, Lund University, School of Social Work.

Robin Gålnander defended the thesis “Maintaining Desistance: Barriers and Expectations in Women’s Desistance from Crime” (Stockholm University) at October 30th.

Opponent was professor Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology & Social Work, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow

Adjudication committee
* Professor Kerstin Svensson, Socialhögskolan, Lunds universitet
* Professor David Wästerfors, Sociologiska Institutionen, Lunds universitet
* Docent Anita Heber, Kriminologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
Reserve, 4th-person: Professor Karin Helmersson Bergmark, Sociologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet.

Supervisors and chairs of defence
Ingrid Lander, docent, Kriminologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
Anders Nilsson, professor, Kriminologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet

Anja Emilie Kruse defended the thesis “The Why, the Who and the Wherefore. Explanations, self-change and social friction in men’s narratives of sexual violations” (Oslo University) on August 27th.

Assesment committee

  • Professor Sveinung Sandberg, University of Oslo (Leder)
  • Professor David Gadd, The University of Manchester (1. opponent)
  • Professor Sandra Walklate, University of Liverpool (2. opponent)

Leder av disputas
Dekan Ragnhild Hennum


  • Professor May-Len Skilbrei
  • Professor II Kristin Skjørten


Anders Stenström defended the thesis “The Plural Policing of Fraud. Power and the investigation of insurance and welfare fraud in Sweden” (Stockholm University) on June 5th.

Adam Crawford, Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, School of Law, University of Leeds.

Assessment committe
* Professor Helene Oppen Ingebrigtsen Gundhus, Institutt for kriminologi og rettssosiologi, Oslo Universitet
* Professor Bengt Larsson, Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap, Göteborgs universitet
* Professor Magnus Hörnqvist, Kriminologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
* Reserv, 4:e-person. Professor Ulrika Mörth, Statskunskap, Stockholms universitet

Supervisors and chairs of defence
* Felipe Estrada, professor i kriminologi, Kriminologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
* Janne Flyghed, professor i kriminologi, Kriminologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet


Tobias Kammersgaard defended the thesis “Policing of Marginalized Drug Users in Public Space: Between Control and Protection” (Aarhus University, Center for Rusmiddelforskning) on May 19th.

Assessment committee

  • Professor Vibeke Asmussen Frank, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University (chair)
  • Professor Helene O.I. Gundhus, University of Oslo
  • Associate Professor Michael Shiner, London School of Economics


  • Associate Professor Esben Houborg, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
  • Associate Professor Thomas Friis Søgaard, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University


Solveig Laugerud defended the thesis “The Legible Rape Victim: How Disciplinary Discourses in the Legal System Create a New Victim Identity” (Oslo University) on April 27th.

Opponents: Ben Golder and Patricia Cochran

Adjudication committee
Professor Kristin Bergtora, University of Oslo (leader and 2. opponent)
Assistant Professor Patricia Cochran, University of Victoria (1. opponent)
Associate Professor Ben Golder, University of New South Wales

Chair of defence
Dean Ragnhild Hennum

Professor May-Len Skilbrei
Professor Kari Nyheim Solbrække


Hildur Fjóla Antonsdóttir defended the thesis “Decentring Criminal Law: Understandings of Justice by Victim-Survivors of Sexual Violence and its Implications for Different Justice Strategies” (Lund University, Department of Sociology) on 24th April.

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Main Supervisor: Reza Banakar
Supervisors: Karl Dahlstrand & Isabel Schoultz
Chairperson: Associate Professor Måns Svensson

Discussant: Professor Clare McGlynn, Durham University. Law School

Examining Committee:
Professor Liz Kelly, London Metropolitan University
Professor Heini Kainulainen, University of Turku
Professor emeritus Håkan Hydén, Lund University


Janne Helgesen defended the thesis “Straff og velferd i fangebehandling av rusmiddelbrukere. En kvalitativ analyse av empowerment og samarbeid i norske rusmestringsenheter“. (Universtitetet i Oslo) on 16th April.

(Title in English: Punishment and welfare in treatment of prisoners with substance use problems)

Opponenter: Torsten Kolind og Ingrid Lundeberg.

Chair of Defence
Dean Ragnhild Hennum

Professor May-Len Skilbrei, Universitetet i Oslo
Førsteamanuensis Mette Snertingdal, KRUS


Leandro Schclarek Mulinari defended the thesis “Race and Order. Critical Perspectives on Crime in Sweden” (Stockholm University) on 3rd April.

Opponent: Professor Benjamin Bowling, King’s College London.
Supervisors and chairs
Anita Heber, docent i kriminologi, Kriminologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
Felipe Estrada, professor i kriminologi, Kriminologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet


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