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Susanna Radovic

SENIOR LECTURER

Department of Philosophy, Linguistics, Theory of
Science
Telephone
Fax
+46 31-786 48 53
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Room number
T335
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

Avd-/Sektionschef, Inst

Philosophy and Philology
unit
Telephone
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Susanna Radovic

Research

After her doctorate in 2005 when she defended a thesis on introspection, Susanna's research has mainly focused on philosophical issues in connection to the area of forensic psychiatry. She has been involved in various inter-disciplinary collaborations, working together with researchers from psychiatry, psychology, and law. Here she has e.g., focused on the concept of accountability, its definition, how to assess whether someone is accountable and in what way the requisite can and should be used in criminal law. These issues have been addressed from different perspectives in her work, partly by means of conceptual analysis, but also by interview studies with mentally disordered criminal offenders and analyses of forensic psychiatric assessments.

During the years 2010 - 2014 she led a research project financed by the Swedish research council (VR) about delusions. Together with Filip Radovic she studied what delusions are, how they arise and how to treat delusions within a legal framework. The project combined psychiatric empirical data (descriptions of delusional content from forensic psychiatric assessments) with phenomenological and conceptual studies.

During the years 2014 – 2018 she was primarily working in a project financed by VR about expertise, evidence and ethics in decisions about compulsory psychiatric care. The project is trans-disciplinary and form part of the research conducted at the Centre for Ethics, Law and Mental Health (CELAM). Co- researchers were Lena Eriksson (PI), Moa Kindström Dahlin, and Sven Pedersen. Scholars from the fields of legal philosophy, theory of science, psychology and jurisprudence came thus together to analyse how legal decisions about involuntary psychiatric treatment are formed and motivated in the Swedish administrative courts, and how the ethical values ​autonomy, life and health and societal protection are balanced when applying the law. Of particular concern is the role of the medical expert in such judicial proceedings and how notions of legal and scientific objectivity are established and maintained in practice.

Today, Susanna is collaborating with researchers from the fields of criminal law and forensic psychiatry with focus on the question of legal insanity.

Interactions with society

In her role as director of CELAM, she has an ongoing collaboration with the state and county organisations that support the centre, i. e., the National Board of Forensic Medicine and the Forensic Psychiatric Clinic, Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Susanna gives on a regular basis lectures covering aspects of ethics in compulsory care to personell working in forensic psychiatric care or with forensic psychiatric evaluations.

Expert consultation

Susanna has performed several commissioned reports, expert consultations and other services for Swedish public agencies. She has been a member of the Västra Götaland County Government ethics council connected to projects within the EU Horizon 2020 program.

Teaching and supervision

Susanna's teaching in philosophy is focused on thesis supervision, examination and seminar moderation.