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Cecilia Hansen Löfstrand

Senior Lecturer

Department of Sociology and Work
Visiting address
Skanstorget 18
41122 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg

About Cecilia Hansen Löfstrand

Cecilia Hansen Löfstrand is senior lecturer, PhD in sociology (2005) and Associate Professor of Sociology/Docent (2011). Her areas of research include policing, private security, voluntary policing, marginalization, homelessness, crime victim support work.

Hansen Löfstrand is Director of the department's PhD programs.

Currently ongoing research Currently Hansen Löfstrand is conducting research within the following project:

  • Geographies of home-based service interactions at the margins of welfare in Finland and Sweden (Academy of Finland, project leader Kirsi Juhila, University of Tampere, Finland)
  • Body-worn cameras: Implications for the work environment of private security officers (AFA, project leader Cecilia Hansen Löfstrand). In this project, we investigate the use of body-worn cameras in the private security industry from a work environment perspective. The purpose is 1) to understand how the employees perceive and use the cameras and how it affects their work environment and 2) how companies and the industry regulate and handle the use.


  • Member of the research group ‘Criminology and Sociology of Law’, at the Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg.
  • Member of the research group ‘Governance’, at the Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg.
  • Member of Women’s Homelessness in Europe Network (

Teaching and tutoring Co-ordinates and teaches a qualitative methods course offered to PhD-students as part of third-cycle programmes at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Gothenburg. Supervises at all levels, including PhD-students. Selected Publications

Lydahl, Doris and Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia (2020) Doing good: autonomy in the margins of welfare. Sociology of Health and Illness, doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.13069 (E-pub ahead of print)

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia (2019) Marketization in a state-centred policing context: The case of Sweden, European Journal of Criminology,

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia and Uhnoo, Sara (2019) Blurred boundaries and legal uncertainty in police-volunteer partnerships, Policing and Society, 

Uhnoo, Sara and Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia (2018) Voluntary policing in Sweden: media reports of contemporary forms of police-citizen partnerships, Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, DOI: 10.1080/14043858.2018.1439635

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia, Loftus, Bethan and Loader, Ian (2017) Private security as moral drama: a tale of two scandals, Policing and Society, DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2017.1348354 (E-pub, ahead of print).

Juhila, Kirsi, Raitakari, Suvi and Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia (2017) Responsibilisation in governmentality literature, in: Juhila, K; Raitakari, S and Hall, C (eds.) Responsibilisation at the Margins of Welfare Services, Routledge, pp. 11-34.

Juhila, Kirsi, Raitakari, Suvi and Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia (2017) Responsibilities and current welfare discourses, in: Juhila, K; Raitakari, S and Hall, C (eds.) Responsibilisation at the Margins of Welfare Services, Routledge, pp. 35-56

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia and Quilgars, Deborah (2016) Cultural Images and Definitions of Homeless Women: Implications for Policy and Practice at the European Level, in: Mayock, Paula and Breatherton, Joanne (eds.) Women's Homelessness in Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 41-73.

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia (2015) The Policing of a Homeless Shelter: Private Security Patrolling the Border of Eligibility. European Journal of Homelessness, 9(2): 17-38.

Hansen Löfstrand C, Loftus B and Loader, I (2015) Doing 'dirty work': Stigma and esteem in the private security industry. European Journal of Criminology. First published on November 9, 2015 as doi:10.1177/1477370815615624

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia & Uhnoo, Sara (2014) Diversity Policing - Policing Diversity: Performing Ethnicity in Police and Private-Security Work in Sweden, Social Inclusion, 2(3): 75-87. Full text:

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia (2013) Private security policing by ethnic matching in Swedish suburbs: avoiding and managing accusations of ethnic discrimination, Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2013.817996. Fulltextlänk:

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia (2013) När säkerhet blir en marknadsvara: etnisk mångfald som resurs och problem för bevakningsföretag, i Peterson, Abby & Åkerström, Malin (red.) Den sorterande ordningsmakten. Studier av etnicitet och polisiär kontroll. Malmö: Bokbox.

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia & Juhila, Kirsi (2012) The Discourse of Consumer Choice in the Pathways Housing First Model, European Journal of Homelessness, 6(2):47-68.

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia (2012) On the Translation of the Housing First Model, European Journal of Homelessness, 6(2):175-182.

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia (2012). Homelessness as Politics and Market. In: Larsson, B., Letell, M & Thörn, H. (Eds.) Transformations of the Swedish Welfare State. From Social Engineering to Governance? Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia (2012). "Brottsofferstöd som brottsprevention - riskprofilering och offret som förövare". I: Heber, Anita, Tiby, Eva & Wikman, Sofia (red.) Viktimologisk forskning. Brottsoffer i teori och metod. Lund: Studentlitteratur, s. 361-377.

Cecilia Hansen Löfstrand (2012). "Homelessness as an Incurable Condition? The Medicalization of the Homeless in the Swedish Special Housing Provision". In: L'Abate, Luciano (Ed.) Mental Illnesses - Evaluation, Treatments and Implications. InTech, p.106-126. ISBN: 978-953-307-645-4.

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia (2010). “Reforming the Work to Combat Long-Term Homelessness in Sweden”. Acta Sociologica 53 (1): 19-34.

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia (2009). “Understanding Victim Support as Crime Prevention Work: The Construction of Young Victims and Villains in the Dominant Crime Victim Discourse in Sweden”. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention 10 (2): 120-143.

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia (2009). “Supporting Young Crime Victims: Discursive Environments and Formula Narratives”. Journal of Youth Studies 12 (6): 711-729.

Hansen Löfstrand, Cecilia & Nordfeldt, Marie (red.) (2007). Bostadslös! Lokal politik och praktik [Homeless! Local Policy and Practice]. Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB.

Löfstrand, Cecilia (2005). Hemlöshetens politik – lokal policy och praktik [The Politics of Homelessness – Local Policy and Practice]. Dissertation. Malmö: Égalité.

Löfstrand, Cecilia & Thörn, Catharina (2004). “The Construction of Gender and Homelessness in Sweden”. Open House International Journal 29 (2): 6-13.