Patrik Olsson

Patrik Olsson

Senior lecturer

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Personal profile


  • Child Rights and Juvenile Justice
  • Criminal Gangs
  • IT and Social Change
  • Corruption and Rural Crime

Patrik Olsson’s research and teaching focus on aspects surrounding the rule of law within distinctive contexts by using socio-legal theory and methodological tools to understand the research areas in question.

His ongoing research is particularly focused on the one hand, concerning the complex area of corruption and on the other hand: comparative studies on social control and rural crime in contexts of Scandinavia, Latin America and Central Asia.

Another research and teaching area is related to the socio-legal conditions of poverty-stricken young people in slums and favelas where everyday life is characterized by conflicts between criminal gangs, trafficking of drugs and arms, interventions by the police, and aspects of discrimination and violence as well as social exclusion.

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Law and Society


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