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Olof Bäckman

About me

I am a Professor of Criminology and Associate Professor of Sociology. My research concerns criminality, poverty, inequality, and social exclusion in a life-course perspective and how these processes interact with welfare state arrangements and other macro-level factors. Also causes and consqeuences of crime and reactions to crime fall within my research interests. I am involved in several research projects on these topics.

Recent publications

Sivertsen, Fredrik, Anders Nilsson and Olof Bäckman (2021) ‘Participation and Frequency in Criminal Convictions across 25 Successive Birth Cohorts: Collectivity, Polarization, or Convergence?’ Justice Quarterly, 38(6): 995-1018. DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2019.1699941

Bäckman, Olof, Felipe Estrada, Anders Nilsson, and Fredrik Sivertsson (2021) ‘Criminal Convictions and Immigrant Background 1973–2017 in Sweden – Have Differences Increased or Declined? Nordic Journal of Criminology, DOI: 10.1080/2578983X.2021.1900038

Bäckman, Olof, Felipe Estrada, Anders Nilsson, and Fredrik Sivertsson (2020) Den ojämlika brottsligheten. Rapport 2020:1. Kriminologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet. 

Alm, Susanne and Olof Bäckman (2020) ' "When it rains it Pours": Housing Evictions and Criminal Convictions in Sweden'. European Journal of Criminology, DOI:

Lorentzen, Thomas, Olof Bäckman, Ilari Ilmakunnas, and Timo Kauppinen (2019) ‘Pathways to Adulthood: Sequences in the School-to-Work Transition in Finland, Norway and Sweden’. Social Indicators Research, 141: 1285–1305

Bäckman, Olof, Vibeke Jakobsen, Thomas Lorentzen and Eva Österbacka (2018) ‘Early School Leaving and Labour Market Inclusion in the Nordic Countries’, in Rune Halvorsen and Bjørn Hvinden (eds.) Youth, Diversity and Employment: Comparative Perspectives on Labour Market Policies, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Bäckman, Olof, Felipe Estrada, and Anders Nilsson (2018) ‘Locked up and locked out? The impact of imprisonment on labour market attachment’. British Journal of Criminology, 58(5): 1044–1065.

Kahlmeter, Anna, Olof Bäckman, and Lars Brännström (2018) ‘Increased economic hardship in the wake of eviction. A Prospective Study’. European Sociological Review, 34(1): 106–119.

Bäckman, Olof and Kenneth Nelson (2017) ‘The Egalitarian Paradise?’,  in Peter Nedergaard and Anders Wivel (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Scandinavian Politics, Abingdon Oxon: Routledge.

Bäckman, Olof, Felipe Estrada and Anders Nilsson (2017) ‘Substance Abuse, Crime and the Life Course’, in A.A.J. Blokland and V.R. van der Geest (eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Life-Course Criminology, Abingdon Oxon: Routledge. 

Nilsson, Anders, Felipe Estrada and Olof Bäckman (2017) ‘The unequal crime drop. Changes over time in the distribution of crime among individuals from different socioeconomic backgrounds’. European Journal of Criminology, 14(5): 586–605.

Bäckman, Olof (2017) ‘High School Dropout, Resource Attainment, and Criminal Convictions’. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 54(5): 715–749.


Most cited:

Bäckman, Olof and Anders Nilsson (2011) ‘Pathways to Social Exclusion – A Life Course Study’, European Sociological Review, 27: 107–123.

Research projects