Associate Professor, Political Science
I am employed by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (80%) and affiliated with the Department of Government at Uppsala University. I have previously worked at Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto, Japan), Uppsala University, Linnaeus University, the Swedish Security Service, and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
After completing my doctoral thesis (1997) I led three research projects financed by the Swedish Research Council. Theoretically, my research is about social trust and cooperation, and how this can be promoted in difficult environments. Empirically, I have researched about the struggle against organised crime in southern Italy (Palermo) and the work done there to diminish the mafia's power by creating long term changes in values. More specifically, I have examined how schools and the organisation Addiopizzo has worked to create such change in values. I have also researched about general trust in Stockholm high schools.
At the Institute for Futures Studies I will be part of a project called 'Crossing boundaries in social work - Collaborative partnerships and interventions towards particularly vulnerable areas in Sweden' led by professor Torbjörn Forkby at Linnaeus University in Växjö. Other participants in the project are Amir Rostami, Jerzy Sarnecki, Kristina Alstam, and Paula Wahlgren. The project is funded by Forte and was initiated in April 2019.
Three recently published works:
Gunnarson, C. and Rostami, A. (2019) “Organized crime and politics in Sweden: The case of Södertälje” in Felia Allum & Stan Gilmor Handbook on Organised Crime and Politics, Cheltenham Glos: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited: pp. 35-49.
Gunnarson, C. (2018). “From Generalized Trust to Street Smart: Secondary School Students in Stockholm on Social Trust”, Young 27(3): 1-20.
Gunnarson, C. (2018) “Frankrike” i T. Denk och C. Anckar (red.) Komparativ politik: Nio politiska system. Lund: Studentlitteratur, andra uppl.
Three most read publications:
Gunnarson, C. (2015) “United, yet Divided: Analyzing the Cohesion of Addiopizzo’s Anti-racketeering campaign in Palermo”, Global Crime 16 (2): 139-161.
Forno, F. and Gunnarson, C. (2010), “Everyday shopping to fight the Italian Mafia”, in M. Micheletti and A. MacFarland, eds. Creative Participation: Responsibility-taking in the Political World, Paradigm Publishers, pp. 101-124.
Gunnarson, C. (2008), Cultural Warfare and Trust: Fighting the Mafia in Palermo, Manchester: Manchester University Press).