Criminology comprises an inventive scientific craft that explores criminality from various perspectives. Criminality represents a highly variable social phenomenon, and the subject matter of criminology is broad, encompassing everything from phenomena like domestic violence, fear of crime, criminal policy, and crime prevention to genocide and police culture.

Criminological knowledge is based on providing a detailed and comprehensive picture of criminality, extending beyond our everyday understanding, thus paving the way for new insights and interventions. Criminological knowledge is applied across various sectors in both public and private employment.

Criminologists develop perspectives and methods to study criminality, primarily focusing on three areas: how crime is defined, why criminality occurs, and societal responses to legal violations. These areas also include studies of the extent, development, and structure of criminality. Criminology also investigates the causes of criminality, striving to understand the factors and circumstances that lead to crime.

Criminology also examines reactions to criminality. Criminal policy is central to understanding crime, addressing questions about how we respond to criminality, the measures taken, and how preventive actions are designed. The various interventions and measures stemming from criminal policy are crucial for understanding criminality. Crime prevention in public as well as private sectors also constitutes a significant research area within criminology.


Criminological research is focused on examining criminality as a social phenomenon. From a research perspective, it encompasses everything from issues related to the creation of laws, questions about violations of laws, to reactions against lawbreakers. The criminological research at Linnaeus University addresses, for instance, themes such as school, crime, and crime prevention. Questions concerning police work are also significant areas of research.

Furthermore, research is conducted in criminological theory formation. Our research also involves pedagogical issues related to the design of higher education in criminology. The reactions to crime and criminality also form a research area for us, with particular focus on political governance and criminal policy.