Christoffer Carlsson

Christoffer Carlsson

Doctor of philosophy in criminology

Between 2010 and 2015, I worked as a researcher and teacher at the Department of Criminology, Stockholm University. My main field of research is life-course criminology, where within-individual changes in crime over time is the central focus: how does crime co-vary with age? Why do so many adolescents engage in crime, and why do so many of them stop as they approach adulthood? Why does a small minority of offenders persist in crime?

In 2012, I was awarded the European Society of Criminology’s “Young Criminolost Award” for a study of desistance processes, turning points and crime, published in British Journal of Criminology.

At The Institute for Futures Studies, I have been conducting a research review on the processes of disengaging from violent extremism. The review was conducted for The National Coordinator For Protecting Democracy Against Violent Extremism and published in April 2016. Since September 2017, I am working as a researcher in a study of violent organizing and antisocial careers, funded by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency.

Three recently published works:

  • Carlsson, Christoffer. 2017. Drifting Out of Crime: Criminal Careers, Maturational Reform, and Desistance From Crime: In Delinquency and Drift Revisited: The Criminology of David Matza and Beyond. Advances in Criminological Theory Vol. 21, eds. Thomas G. Blomberg, Frank T. Cullen, Cheryl Johnson & Christoffer Carlsson, pp. 151—178. London: Routledge.
  • Carlsson, Christoffer. 2017. The Transition to Adulthood and the Ambivalence of Desistance. In The Routledge International Handbook of Life-Course Criminology, eds. Arjan Blokland & Victor van der Geest, pp. 324—341. London: Routledge.
  • Carlsson, Christoffer. 2016. Att lämna våldsbejakande extremism: En kunskapsöversikt. Stockholm: Institutet för Framtidsstudier [Disengagement from violent extremism: A Literature Review; in Swedish]

Three frequently cited works:

  • Carlsson, Christoffer. 2014. Continuities and Changes in Criminal Careers. Stockholm University: Department of Criminology.
  • Carlsson, Christoffer. 2013. Masulinities, Persistence, and Desistance. Criminology, 51: 661—693.
  • Carlsson, Christoffer. 2012. Using ”Turning Points” to Understand Processes of Change in Offending: Notes From a Swedish Study on Life Courses and Crime. British Journal of Criminology, 52: 1—16