Erik Hannerz

Erik Hannerz

Senior lecturer

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Personal profile


  • Cultural sociology
  • Subcultures
  • Urban sociology
  • Ethnography

Erik Hannerz is a sociologist mainly working in the field of cultural criminology. He earned his ph d in Sociology at Uppsala University, his dissertation seeking to develop and refine the concept of subcultures so as to allow for heterogeneity and plurality, using punk in Sweden and Indonesia as the case. His later research projects include “Rewriting the city” that investigates how graffiti writers perceive and make use of urban space and Citizen police work and digital crowdsourcing that focused on the work and negotiations of internet detectives. Hannerz is co-founder of the research environment Cultural Space, the research group Urban Creativity, as well as of the master program in Cultural Criminology. In 2022 he was awarded the Students of Lund University pedagogical prize. Hannerz is since 2013 Faculty Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Sociology

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