Anita Heber

Anita Heber


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Works at Department of Criminology
Telephone 08-16 19 85
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 C, plan 6
Room C 662
Postal address Kriminologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me


Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, Director of Studies for the PhD Programme

Editor-in-chief of Nordic Journal of Criminology

Anita Heber was promoted to Associate Professor in criminology in January 2012. Her main research areas are victimology, sex trafficking, the victim-offender overlap, and organised crime.


The Crimes of Others 

This is a collaborative project together with Dr Victor Lund Shammas, and financed by the NSfK. It studies the migration and crime debate in Norwegian and Swedish polictics. The project time is part time for one year between autumn 2020 and summer 2021.  


Organised Crime

During 2015-2018, Anita was heading a three-year project called "Organised Crime on the Agenda", funded by Ragnar Söderberg Foundation (see more below). Anita has several years experience conducting studies on organised crime at the Swedish National Crime Prevention Council. She has published a number of books and governmental reports on organised crime.


The Victim-Offender Overlap 

As a post-doc, Anita worked on a project entitled "The Criminal as a Crime Victim". It was funded by the Swedish Research Council. In this project she analyzed the victim-offender overlap through different perspectives on incarcerated criminals who were also crime victims. She published one chapter and two articles within this project, one article in the BJC.


The Fear of Crime

Her doctoral thesis, published in June 2007, analysed the fear of crime in Sweden. She has also written two articles in international journals about the altruistic fear of crime and the fear of crime and the media.



Anita has extensive experience teaching criminology since 2002 at Stockholm University and during 2010-2012 at Södertörn University in Sweden. Currently, she is supervising three PhD students and she is responsible for three criminology courses at master's level:

  • Quantitative Method Focusing on Criminology, 15 ECTS credits
  • Contemporary Criminological Theory, 15 ECTS credits
  • Victimology: Perspectives on Victims of Crime, 7.5 ECTS credits

She is also responsible for the undergratuate course on Victimology, 7.5 ECTS credits. 


Visting Fellow

  • 2015, Jan-July at the School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Australia.
  • 2009, Feb-March at the Centre for Criminology, Oxford University, United Kingdom. 
  • 2003, Jan-July at the Department of Criminology, Keele University, United Kingdom. 



Organised crime on the agenda

The purpose of this project is to analyse both the parliamentary debate and media descriptions of organised crime in Sweden since 1989/90. The focus is directed at the interaction between these two arenas and also at how the current view of organised crime has evolved. The study is divided into tree case studies; the first study analyses outlaw motorcycle gangs, the second is focusing on trafficking and the third is a case of gang-related shootings in the Swedish city of Malmö.



Heber, A. (2019). Hur görs viktimologi? Dåtid, nutid och framtid. I: A. Heber & L. Roxell (red.) Att odla kriminologi. Perspektiv på brott & utsatthet. Festskrift till Eva Tiby,  s. 55-73. Stockholm: Kriminologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet.    

Heber, A. & Roxell, L. (2019, red.). Att odla kriminologi. Perspektiv på brott & utsatthet. Festskrift till Eva Tiby. Stockholm: Kriminologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet.

Heber, A. (2018). Purity or danger? The establishment of sex trafficking as a social problem in SwedenEuropean Journal of Criminology. 

Heber, A. (2018). The hunt for an elusive crime – an analysis of Swedish measures to combat sex trafficking Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 19 (1): 3-21.

Heber, A. (2017). ‘You thought you were superman’: Violence, victimization and masculinities. British Journal of Criminology, 57 (1): 61-78.

Hermansson, K. & Heber A. (2014). Crime and punishment in Sweden. In: W.E. Jennings (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. Wiley-Blackwell: USA. 

Heber, A. (2014). Good versus Bad? Victims, offenders and victim-offenders in Swedish Crime Policy Bills. The European Journal of Criminology, 11 (4), 410-428.

Heber, A. (2012). Criminal, Crime Victim or John Smith? Constructions of Victimhood and Perpetratorship among Swedish Probationers. The International Criminal Justice Review. Special issue: Cross-Cultural and International Investigations of the Victim-Offender Overlap”, 22 (2), 171-191.

Heber, A. (2012). Brottslingen som brottsoffer. [The Criminal as a Crime Victim] In: Heber, Tiby & Wikman (eds.) Viktimologisk forskning. Brottsoffer i teori och metod. p. 179-195. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Heber, A., Tiby, E. & Wikman, S. (2012). Inledning. [Introduction]  In: Heber, Tiby & Wikman (eds.) Viktimologisk forskning. Brottsoffer i teori och metod. p. 17-24. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Heber, A. (2011). Fear of crime in the Swedish daily press – descriptions of an increasingly unsafe society. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 12 (1) 63-79.

Heber, A. (2010). “The worst thing that could happen” On altruistic fear of crime. International Review of Victimology, 16, 257-275. 

Baard, P., Heber, A. & Källman, L. (2010). Svenska Ekobrot. [Swedish Economic Crimes] In: P. J. Ystehede (ed.) Økonomisk Kriminalitet Nordiske Perspektiver. pp. 11-29. Oslo: Nordisk Samarbeidsråd for kriminologi. 

Heber, A. (2009). Networks of organised black market labour in the building trade. Trends in Organized Crime, 12 (2), 122-145. 

Heber, A. (2009). The networks of drug offenders. Trends in Organized Crime, 12 (1), 1-20.

Baard, P., Skinnari, J., Korsell, L., Weding, L. & Heber, A. (2009). Polisens möte med organiserad brottslighet. [Police Encounters with Organised Crime]. (149 p.) Sverige: Brottsförebyggande rådet (BRÅ).

Heber, A. (2008). En guide till trygghetsundersökningar. [A guide to measuring fear of crime]. Published report. (36 p.) Tryggare Mänskligare Göteborg, Göteborgs Stad.

Heber, A. (2007). Var rädd om dig! Rädsla för brott enligt forskning, intervjupersoner och dagspress. [Take care! Fear of crime in the research literature, interviews and the daily press]. Published doctoral thesis. (284 p.) Stockholm: Department of Criminology, Stockholm University.

Carlström, A.; Lantz Hedström, H. & Heber, A. (2007). Organiserat svartarbete i byggbranschen. [Organized black labour in the building sector]. (134 p.) Sweden: The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (BRÅ).

Sund, B., Ahrne, G., Korsell, L., Augustsson, F. & Heber, A. (2006). Part 1 in: Häleri – den organiserade brottslighetens möte med de legala marknaderna. [Fencing – The meeting between organised crime and legal markets]. (Part 1: 35 p.) Sweden: The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (BRÅ).

Korsell, L.; Hedlund, G.; Elwér, S.; Vesterhav, D. & Heber, A. (2006). Cultural heritage crime - The Nordic dimension. (215 p.) Sweden: The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (BRÅ).

Heber, A. (2005). Var rädd om dig! En litteraturöversikt om rädslan för brott. [Take care! A survey of the literature on fear of crime]. Published report. (96 p.) Stockholm: Stockholm University, Department of Criminology.

Korsell, L.; Heber, A., Sund, B. & Vesterhav, D (2005). Narkotikabrottslighetens organisationsmönster. [The organisational patterns of drug crime]. (188 p.) Sweden: The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (BRÅ).

Vander Beken, T. et al. (2004). Measuring organised crime in EuropeA feasability study of a risk-based methodology across the European Union. (251 p.) Belgium: Maklu Publishers.

Last updated: July 31, 2020

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