Amir Rostami. Foto: Leila Zoubir/Stockholms universitet.

Amir Mohammadi Rostami


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Arbetar vid Sociologiska institutionen
Besöksadress Universitetsvägen 10 B, plan 9
Rum B 986
Postadress Sociologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig

Amir Rostami is a postdoctoral researcher in sociology at Stockholm University. He has served as Superintendent of the Swedish Police with a special focus on policing organized crime and gangs. Rostami has also been the project manager for the European project SGIP and served as senior adviser to the Swedish National coordinator to safeguarding democracy against violence extremism. His research is mainly focused on criminal organizing e.g. gangs and organized crime, and policing strategies. 


  • Makt och social skiktning

  • Samhällsproblem

  • Social organisering

  • Etnicitet, mångfald och integration

  • B/C/D-uppsats



Articles in refereed journals 

·     Sturup, J., Gerell, M., & Rostami, A. (2019). Explosive violence: A near-repeat study of hand grenade detonations and shootings in urban Sweden. European Journal of Criminology.

·     Sturup, J., Rostami, A., Mondani, H., Gerell, M., Sarnecki, J., & Edling, C. (2018). Increased Gun Violence Among Young Males in Sweden: a Descriptive National Survey and International Comparison. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. 

·       Rostami, A., Sturup, J., Mondani, H., Thevselius, P., Sarnecki, J., & Edling, C. (2018). The Swedish Mujahideen An exploratory study of 41 Swedish foreign fighters deceased in Iraq and Syria. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism,

·       Rostami, A. (2017). Street-gang violence in Sweden is a growing concern. Sociologisk Forskning, 54, 365–368. 

·       Rostami, A., Mondani, H., Liljeros, F., & Edling, C. (2017). Criminal organizing applying the theory of partial organization to four cases of organized crime. Trends in Organized Crime. doi:10.1007/s12117-017-9315-6

·       Rostami, A., & Mondani, H. (2017). Organizing on two wheels: uncovering the organizational patterns of Hells Angels MC in Sweden. Trends in Organized Crime. doi:10.1007/s12117-017-9310-y 

·       Sturup, J., Rostami, A., Gerell, M., & Sandholm, A. (2017). Near-repeat shootings in contemporary Sweden 2011 to 2015. Security Journal.

·       Rostami, A. & Mondani, H. (2015). The Complexity of Crime Network Data: A Case Study of Its Consequences for Crime Control and the Study of Networks. Plos One.

·       Rostami, A., Melde, C., & Holgersson, S. (2014). The myth of success: the emergence and maintenance of a specialized gang unit in Stockholm, Sweden. The International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.

·       Rostami, A., F. Leinfelt,. D, Brotherton. (2012). "Understanding Gang Leaders: Characteristics and Driving Forces of Street Gang Leaders in Sweden." Free inquiry in creative sociology Winter 2012(1). 

·       Rostami, A., F. Leinfelt,. & S, Holgersson. (2012). "An Exploratory Analysis of Swedish Street Gangs: Applying the Maxson and Klein Typology to a Swedish Gang Dataset." Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 28(4): 1-20.  


Books and chapters in edited volumes

·       Rostami, A., Mondani, H., Carlsson, C., Sturup, J., Sarnecki, J., & Edling, C. (2018). Våldsbejakande extremism och organiserad brottslighet i Sverige (No. 2018/4) (p. 104). Stockholm: Institutet för Framtidsstudier.

·       J.Sturup & A Rostami (2017). Organiserad antagonism: överlappningen mellan våldsbejakande extremism och organiserad brottslighet. I C. Edling & A. Rostami (red.), (2017). SOU 2017:67 Våldsbejakande extremism: En forskarantologi.

·       C. Edling & A. Rostami (red.), (2017). SOU 2017:67 Våldsbejakande extremism: En forskarantologi. 

·       Rostami, A. (2016). ”Våldets betydelse för organisering av kriminella gäng.” In C. Edling & A. Rostami (red.), Våldets sociala dimension: Individ, relation, organisation. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

·       Rostami, A. (2016). Criminal Organizing: Studies in sociology of organized crime. (Phd disseration). Department of Sociology, Stockholm University. 

·       Rostami, A. (2016). Policing gangs and organized crime – Experiences from conceptual confusion and its consequences from two Swedish case studies. In: Gang Transitions and Transformations in an International Context. (ed) Cheryl L. Maxson & Finn-Aage Esbensen, Springer.

·       Rostami, A. (2013). Tusen fiender - en studie om de svenska gatugängen och dess ledare. Linnaeus University Studies in Policing and institution for social work. Växjö, Linnéuniversitetet. Filosofie licentiat

·       Leinfelt, F & Rostami, A. (ed). (2012) The Stockholm Gang Model – PANTHER. Elanders, Stockholm. 

·       Rostami, A. & F. Leinfelt. (2012). The History of the Swedish Gangs: in The Stockholm Gang Model – PANTHER. Elanders, Stockholm.

·       Rostami, A. & F. Leinfelt (2011). The Stockholm Gang Intervention and Prevention Project: Introducing a Holistic Approach to Gang Enforcement. Youth Gangs in International Perspective: Tales from the Eurogang Program of Research. F.-A. Esbensen and C. L. Maxson, Springer.

Senast uppdaterad: 22 januari 2019

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