Goals of the research programme
The research programme in crime shall add new knowledge about the causes and consequences of criminality, and also about methods for preventing and fighting crime.
A strategic research agenda is in place to guide the work forward. Three primary activities are proposed for the programme:
- Create meeting places for researchers and practitioners about knowledge needs in criminality.
- Initiate research and support the long-term development of the research field.
- Promote accessibility and dissemination of the research for a knowledge-based practice.
The agenda also includes a research review in criminology, a description of the research funding bodies and actors active in the field, and a mapping of projects of relevance to criminality that were funded during the period 2015–2022.
Research agenda for the national research programme in criminality (In Swedish with summary in English)
The programme committee includes representatives from Forte, Formas, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) and the Swedish Crime Victim Authority. They give advice on how the programme and the strategic research agenda shall be designed, take part in joint calls where their interests coincide, and provide orientation about ongoing and planned initiatives.
Besides the programme committee, there is also a knowledge committee with representatives from the Swedish Police Authority, the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, the Swedish Prison and Probation Service, the National Board of Health and Welfare, the Swedish Economic Crime Authority, the National Board of Forensic Medicine and The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR). The knowledge committee contributes in the identification of knowledge gaps and knowledge interests, based on the various public agencies’ areas of responsibility, and gives feedback on research reviews and the programme’s research agenda.
The national research programme also has a reference group with researchers who provide advice on the contents of the research agenda.
Calls within the programme
Projects awarded funding will be part of the national research programme focusing on criminality, and will be coordinated by a scientific coordinator.
Research projects approved
Project titles 2023
- Isotope analyses to expedite crime investigations
- Multidisciplinary Program on Oral Testimony (MPORT): Challenges and Innovations for
- Obtaining Evidence From Human Sources
- How to solve murders using post-mortem metabolomic fingerprints and artificial intelligence
- Swedish Criminal Justice Policy Action Lab
- Organised Criminal Groups
- 4C – The Swedish Consortium for the study of Contemporary Criminal Collaboration
- When violence becomes an acceptable action alternative. An analytic criminology approach to advance our understanding of the causes of violent crime and its prevention
Project titles 2022
- Understanding Human Decomposition to aid Crime Investigations
- Video surveillance recordings and artificial intelligence in crime investigation
- Swedish Criminal Justice History 1830-1930
- Data-driven interdisciplinary methods to combat crime and fear using police CCTV
- Hate crime in the justice system: A study to improve the Swedish Police Authority’s capacity to identify and investigate hate crime
- ‘What Works’ in Prison? Causal Evidence on the Intended and Unintended Impacts of Sanction Reforms and In-Prison Healthcare
- Social Change and Crime. A Multi-Cohort Study on Crime and the Life-Course
- Cybercrime: a longitudinal register-based study on demographic, socio-economic and technological determinants
- Bankruptcy and criminality
- Politically motivated crimes against immigrants in Sweden: When, where and how?
One of six national research programmes
This is one of six national research programmes for which the Swedish Research Council is responsible. The programmes are broad, ten-year initiatives aimed at coordinating research within a particular area.