Digital disputations in the Nordic countries

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

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The information at this page is compiled from respective
university´s web pages. For more information on the researcher and the thesis as well as information on how to reach the zoom-link to for disputation, please click on the names.


Congratulations to the new Nordic criminology PhDs!

Since the spring of 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.

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

Assesment 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.

Opponent is 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 is 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.


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.

Download and read the thesis

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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