Goran Basic

Goran Basic

Associate Professor
Department of Pedagogy and Learning Faculty of Social Sciences
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Goran Basic is associate professor of sociology and senior lecturer at the Department of Pedagogy and Learning, Linnaeus University. His research concerns social and pedagogical processes and collaborations among different actors in school, university, youth care, social care, police, and coast guard. He has also written articles on post-war society and carried out an evaluation of several projects in juvenile care, analysed policing practices in the Baltic Sea area, and the experiences of young people who have lived through a war and been placed in HVB homes (residential care homes for children and young people) in Sweden, as well as experiences of institutional staff who work with these young people on a daily basis. In the school context, analyses have focused on vulnerable categories of students, such as newly arrived students and students who use alcohol and drugs. Special analytical focus in Basic's research is on the functions of the context and its impact on the non-professional actor in the relationship (child, youth, pupil, student, service user, parent, traveller, suspect, civilian, refugee, prisoner). Basic is working on a number of collaborations with stakeholders within and outside academia.


Educational sciences, pedagogy, sociology, sociology of education, criminology, social work, social pedagogy, pedagogic counselling, special needs education, theory of science, research methods, peace and conflict studies, social psychology, Balkan history, teacher training, education at third-cycle level, supervisor for students and PhD students.

Basic has worked as a course director at different academic education levels and has been a regular member of the management team for the first-cycle programme in criminology at Lund University, the first-cycle programme in social pedagogy at Linnaeus University and faculty meeting for doctoral supervisors in pedagogy at Linnaeus University. His teaching has included course, planning and assessment responsibility, lectures, supervision of students and doctoral students and examination of individual assignments and group work.


Currently conducting studies on:

  1. early coordinated initiatives for children who may be vulnerable to, or find themselves involved in criminality;
  2. interests and expectations regarding continued studies at university level in relation to: proximity to studies, academic environment, selection of courses and programmes, and presence of research; 
  3. the achievements, obstacles, collaboration, and identities in work with upper secondary school students who use alcohol and drugs;
  4. the possibilities, obstacles, identities, and collaboration in work with newly arrived upper secondary school students;
  5. narratives by young people who have experienced war, taken refuge in Sweden, and been taken into custody and placed in institutions, and narratives by institutional staff about the daily work with these young people with war experience;
  6. the obscure practices and rhetoric of war, emotions and morals of war, and human interaction during horrific captivity and escape, but also individuals’ adamant requirement for restored respect and dignity when war experiences are portrayed in life stories.


Swedish Ethical Review Authority (Linköping). (20240101- ).

Ethical Advisory Board in South East Sweden, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Linnaeus University, Region Kalmar county and Region Blekinge (20210616- ).

Coordinator for the Centre for School Development, Linnaeus University (2018-2019).

Faculty meeting for doctoral supervisors in pedagogy, Linnaeus University (September 2018- ).


External expert commissions:

Research Council of Lithuania (RCL), Republic of Lithuania (2021- ).

Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), Netherland (2023).

Irish Research Council, Republic of Ireland (2023). 

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Serra Hunter Programme, Kingdom of Spain (2022).

International Health and Science Institute, Commonwealth of Australia (2021).

University of Agriculture, Peshawar-Pakistan (2021).

Högskolan Väst, Sweden (2021).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada (2020-2021).

Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), Republic of Slovenia (2020-2021).

Sveriges Radio, Sweden (2020).

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK Research and Innovation, United Kingdom (2019).

National Science Center Poland (NCN), Polish Ministry for Science and Higher Education, Republic of Poland (2019).

The Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), Research Funding Agency in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Kingdom of Belgium (2019).

”la Caixa” Banking Foundation, Kingdom of Spain (2019).

Polytechnic of Požega, Department of Social Sciences, Republic of Croatia (2019).


Editorial board:

Studies in Teaching and Education (2022-)

Criminal Justice Issues (2021-)

Pedagogical Sciences: Theory and Practice (2020-)

Advances in Education Sciences Journal (2019-)

Journal of Criminal Justice and Security (2017-)

Temida (2017-)

Proceedings at the Faculty of Law in Tuzla (2015-)

Social Behavior Research & Health (2017-2020)

Studies in Media and Communication (2016)

Review of European Studies (2016)

Journal of Forensic Sciences & Criminal Investigation (2016)

Urban Analysis (2015)

Black Sea Scientific Journal of Academic research (2015)

Economic and Social Analysis Journal of Southern Caucasus (2015)

World Journal of Social Science Research (2015-2016)

International Journal of Multicultural and Multireligious Understanding (2014-2016)


Peer reviewer of journal articles:

Learning, Culture and Social Interaction

Journal of Education and Learning


Journal of Pedagogy

Education Inquiry

European Early Childhood Education Research Journal

Review of Education Pedagogy and Cultural Studies

International Journal of Lifelong Education

Education Sciences

Educational Research and Reviews

Nordic Journal of Pedagogy and Critique

Educational Psychology

Pedagogisk forskning i Sverige

Högre utbildning

Cooperation and Conflict

Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

International Sociology


European Journal of Social Work

Nordic Journal of Criminology

Journal of Global Security Studies

Croatian review of rehabilitation research

Advances in Pediatric Research

Violence Against Women

Journal of Youth Studies


Behavioral Sciences

Social Inclusion


Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing

Journal of Applied Security Research

East European Politics

Journal of Primary Health Care & General Practice

Journal of Forensic Science & Criminology

Psychology of Violence


Insight Turkey

Journal of Criminal Justice and Security


Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift

Studies in Media and Communication

Review of European Studies

Journal of Forensic Sciences & Criminal Investigation

Urban Analysis

Black Sea Scientific Journal of Academic research

Economic and Social Analysis Journal of Southern Caucasus

Asian Journal of Criminology

Zbornik Pravnog fakulteta u Tuzli (Proceedings at the Faculty of Law in Tuzla)

World Journal of Social Science Research

International Journal of Multicultural and Multireligious Understanding


Basic is also a project manager for a number of research projects and member of scientific boards for numerous national and international conferences.

Main research and teaching areas

Keywords: Pedagogy, Sociology, Sociology of Education, Social Work, Education Sciences, Criminology, Society, Treatment Pedagogics, Special Pedagogy, Education, Learning, Pedagogic Counselling, Special Needs Education, Substance Abuse Treatment, Refugee, Migration, Migrant, Diaspora, Unaccompanied Child Refugees, Multilinguality, Language Learning, Language Development, Category, Social Pedagogy, Inclusion, Integration, Achievement, Obstacle, School, Student, Possibilities, Trust, Motivation, Involvement, Practice, Interprofessional Collaboration, Social Care, Child Care, Knowledge, Epistemology, Critical Pedagogy, Expectation, Variation, Participation, Recognition, Newly Arrived Immigrant, Disintegration, Responsibility, Rhetoric, Representation, Social Construction, Interactionist Theory and Analysis, Ethnography, Narrative Analysis, Social Constructivism, Discourse, War Sociology, Social Psychology, Conflict Sociology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Ethnicity, Victimology, Strategic Communication, Collaboration, Juvenile Care, Prison and Probation Service, Social Service, Reconciliation, Concentration Camp, Sociological Theory, Theory of Science, Research Methods, Police, Coast Guard, Border Guard, Operational Work, Intelligence Work, Identity, Morality, Balkan History, Ethnic Conflicts, War, Youth, Institution, Interviews, Field Work, Stigma, Social Comparison, Symbolic Interaction, Ethics, Ethnomethodology, Religion, Nationality, Transition, Coordination, Document, Youngster, Project, Coordinator, Triad, Accounting Through Comparison, Role, Struggle, Alliance, Conflict, Conflict Point of Interest, Team, Dyad, Anomie, Moral Panics, Ideology, Norm Resolution, Success Points of Interest, Child Welfare System, Collaboration Identity, Coherent Triads, Successful Collaboration, Neo-fascism, Culture, Peace, Genocide, Clero-Nationalism, Clericalisation, Tolerance, Populism, Alien Criminal, Extermination, Systematized War Violence, Organized War Violence, Verbal Emphasis, Collective Identity, Ethnic Identity, Ethnonational Identity, Post-Genocide Society, Social Capital, Lifelong Learning, Actor, Coexistence Learning, Destruction, Field, Habitus, Peace Learning, Reconciliation Learning, Social Phenomenon, Crimes Against Humans, Crimes Against Humanity, Denial of Genocide, War Violence, Interpersonal Interaction, Narrative, Peace Potential, Cosmopolitan Education, Collaborative Triad, Intersectional Perspective, Reanalysis, Inclusive Educational Spaces, Social Pedagogical Recognition, Interactional Analysis, Social Pedagogical Analysis, Space Dynamic in School, Social Pedagogical Development, Dramatisation, Teacher, Educator, Pupil, Success, Obstacles, Educational Cooperation, Social Pedagogical Space, Enemy, Intelligence Police Work, Interactionism, Ritual, In-group, Mentality, Construction of the Other, Stereotype, Russia, Operational Police Work, Field Note, Qualitative Interview, Document Analysis, Verbal Portrayal, Oral Portrayal, Substance Abuse Problem, Interactive Advantage, Cementing of Position, Oral Representation, Health Promotion, Prevention, Remediation Efforts, School Obstacle, Upper-secondary School Context, Treatment Context, School Success, Interactive Ritual, Humiliated Self, Disruptive Peaceful Interaction, Disruptive Non-Power-Based Interaction, Interaction Involving Wartime Exercise of Power, Loss of Identity, Mortification, Self-Realization, Norm, Moral, Deviant, Oral Account, Dramatization, Second Language Teacher, Mother Tongue Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Headmaster,  Counselor,  Language  Introduction  Program,  Swedish  as  a  Second  Language, Mother Tongue Study Supervisor, Subject Teacher, Higher Education Teaching, Social Pedagogical Practice, Supervisor Role, Doctoral Student Role, Social Meaning, Pedagogical Meaning, Interculturalism, Multilingualism, Social Pedagogical Identity, Intercultural Pedagogy, Education Dynamic, Intercultural Education, Social Pedagogical Monitoring, Social Pedagogical Control, Interactions of Power, Insignificant Power-wielding Other, Meaningfulness, Reliability, Rejection, Self-esteem, Self-awareness, Victim Identity, Social Pedagogical Order, Social Pedagogical Disorder, Teaching, Pedagogical Work, Language Development Approach, Secondary Empirical Material, Social Recognition, Pedagogical Recognition, Sociocultural Perspective, Competent Teacher, Educationally Competent Actor, Emotional Labour, Role Conflict, Teachers and High School Staff Members, Crime Prevention, Alcohol and Drug Use in Swedish High Schools, Recontextualisation, Empty Signifier, Semantic Mess, Attribution of Responsibility, Removal of Responsibility, Professional Identity of Teachers, Co-existence, Peaceful Potential, Power, Global Knowledge Society, Neoliberalism, Ethnopolitics, Invisible Child, Boundary Work, Gut Feeling, Grassroots Bureaucrat, Gap Between Organisations, Complex Collaboration, Cultural Production of Differences, Logic of Naming Differences, Pedagogy of Work, Enquiry-based Learning, Cooperative Learning, Democratic Self-government, Pedagogy of Emancipation, Ideological Dimension of the War, Symbolic Dimension of the War, Institutional Analysis, Critical Analysis of Discourse, Democracy, Phenomenology. 


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Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)