Crime and social harms

This programme conducts interdisciplinary research in collaboration with practical fields to study the development and consequences of various types of violence and crime, as well as how these can be prevented and countered.

Crime and violence have significant consequences for people’s health and living conditions on multiple levels, but the impacts are also determined by society's response to crime and victimization.

Gender-based violence in various forms is widespread in close relationships as well as in public and digital arenas, which significantly limits the victims’ living space, well-being, and rights. In residential areas, the concentration of crime contributes to increased segregation and exclusion, as well as economic difficulties, unemployment, and repeated victimization for those living in such areas.

Organised crime and economic crime within business and welfare sectors are closely linked, resulting in losses of tax revenues, creditors losing money, and distorted competition. Accounting crimes, labour exploitation, and fraud within the welfare sector also lead to insecure employment and significant misuse of public resources. For society as a whole, violence and crime have negative welfare consequences like insecurity and can ultimately become system-threatening by undermining trust and confidence in our welfare model, as well as contributing to polarisation and marginalisation. Exposure to violence, insufficient social safety nets, and structures that contribute to inequality are also all clearly related to poor health.

The Crime and Social Harms research programme aims to provide knowledge on how crime and violence can be prevented and countered and explore the consequences of crime and violence for individual and public health and welfare.

Selection of Ongoing Research Projects

  • Post-Separation Violence and Health
  • Existential and Social Loneliness Among Women Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence
  • Approaches to Prevent Female Genital Mutilation and Pathways to Support
  • A Place of Their Own - Permanent Housing for Victims of Violence

Debate articles and publications


Programme Officers

Amir Rostami, profilbild

Amir Rostami

Professor in Criminology

Contact Amir Rostami if you have any questions about the research programme or read more about his research and see his publications in the researcher presentation.

Sara Skoog Waller, profilbild

Sara Skoog Waller

Senior lecturer in psychology

Please contact Sara Skoog Waller if you have any questions about the research programme or read more about her research and see her publications in the research presentation.

Börje Leidhammar, profilbild

Börje Leidhammar

Adjunct professor of Tax law, Law/Legal Science

Contact Börje Leidhammar if you have questions about the research programmes or read more about his research and see his publications in the research presentation.

Seminar: Business - The Criminal Networks' Golden Calf

A seminar organised by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce on January 16, 2024. The report "Criminal Entrepreneurs - A Study of Organised Crime’s Connections to Business" was released at the seminar. Participants included Amir Rostami, co-author of the report.

Watch the seminar afterwards (in Swedish) External link.

This page was last updated 2024-05-29