Robert Svensson is Professor at the Department of Criminology at Malmö University. In 2004, he received his PhD from the Department of Sociology at Stockholm University. After that he spent one year as a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, UK. In 2008, he was appointed Associate Professor of Sociology (swe: Docent) by the Faculty of Social Sciences at Stockholm University. In summer 2009, he was a visiting research fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute in Freiburg. His main research interests include crime and deviance, and in particular crime and deviance among adolescents, criminal careers, cross-national comparative research, and quantitative methods. In his present research, he examines the relationship between moral emotions and offending (with Frank Weerman, NSCR, Lieven Pauwels, Ghent University, Wim Bernasco, NSCR & Gerben Bruinsma, NSCR), the interaction between morality and self-control on offending (with Per-Olof Wikström, Cambridge University) and the interaction between morality and deterrence on offending. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Criminology.
Selection of publications
Pauwels, L. J. R. & Svensson, R. (2014). Micro-place disorder, subjective powerlessness and violent youth group involvement: Testing an integrative control theory. International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, 3:200-221.
Svensson, R. (2013). An examination of the interaction between morality and deterrence in offending: A research note. Crime & Delinquency. OnLine
Van Damme, A., Pauwels, L. & Svensson, R. (2013). Why do Swedes cooperate with the police? A SEM analysis of Tyler's procedural justice model. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. OnLine
Pauwels, L. J. R. & Svensson, R. (2013). Violent youth group involvement, self-reported offending and victimisation: An empirical assesment of an integrated informal control/lifestyle model. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 19(4): 369-386.
Svensson, R., Weerman, F. M., Pauwels, L. J. R., Bruinsma, G. J. N. & Bernasco, W. (2013). Moral emotions and offending: Do feelings of anticipated shame and guilt mediate the effect of socialization on offending? European Journal of Criminology, 10(1): 22-39.
Ivert, A-K., Merlo, J., Svensson, R. & Torstensson Levander, M. (2013). How are immigrant background and gender associated with the utilisation of psychiatric care among adolescents? Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 48(5): 693-699.
Andersson, F., Levander, S., Svensson, R. & Torstensson Levander, M. (2012). Sex differences in offending trajectories in a Swedish cohort. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 22(2): 108-121.
Pauwels, L. J. R. & Svensson, R. (2011). Exploring the relationship between offending and victimization: What is the role of risky lifestyles and low self-control? A test in two urban samples. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 17(3): 163-177.
Ivert, A-K., Svensson, R., Adler, H., Levander, S., Rydelius, P-A. & Torstensson-Levander, M. (2011). Pathways to child and adolescent psychiatric clinics: A multilevel study of the significance of ethnicity and neighbourhood social characteristics on source of referral. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 5(6): 1-12.
Pauwels, L. & Svensson, R. (2010). Informal controls and the explanation of propensity to offend: A test in two urban samples. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 16(1): 15-27.
Svensson, R. & Oberwittler, D. (2010). It's not the time they spend, it's what they do: The interaction between delinquent friends and unstructured routine activities on delinquency. Findings from two countries. Journal of Criminal Justice, 38(5):1006-1014.
Svensson, R. & Pauwels, L. (2010). Is a risky lifestyle always "risky"? The interaction between individual propensity and lifestyle risk in adolescent offending: A test in two urban samples. Crime & Delinquency, 56(4): 608-626.
Svensson, R., Pauwels, L. & Weerman, F. M. (2010). Does the effect of self-control on adolescent offending vary by level of morality? A test in three countries. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 37(6): 732-743.
Wikström, P-O. H. & Svensson, R. (2010). When does self-control matter? The interaction between morality and self-control in crime causation. European Journal of Criminology, 7(5): 395-410.
Pauwels, L. & Svensson, R. (2009). Adolescent lifestyle risk by gender and ethnic background: Findings from two urban samples. European Journal of Criminology, 6(1): 5-23.
Pauwels, L. & Svensson, R. (2008). How serious is the problem of item nonresponse in delinquency scales and aetiological variables? A cross-national inquiry into two classroom PAPI self-report studies in Antwerp and Halmstad. European Journal of
Criminology, 5(3): 289-308.
Wikström, P-O H. & Svensson, R. (2008). Why are English youths more violent than Swedish youths? A comparative study of the role of crime propensity, lifestyles and their interactions. European Journal of Criminology, 5(3): 309-330.
Svensson, R. & Ring, J. (2007). Trends in self-reported youth crime and victimisation in Sweden, 1995-2005. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime
Prevention, 8(2): 185-209.
Ring, J. & Svensson, R. (2007). Social class and criminality among young persons: A comparative study considering the effects of school achievement as a mediating factor in Swedish register and self-report data. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 8(2): 210-233.