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Stefan Larsson is an Associate Professor in technology and social change at Lund University Internet Institute (LUii) in Sweden, as well as a researcher at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Lund University. He holds a PhD in sociology of law, a PhD in spatial planning, an LLM, and is an expert on digital sociolegal change, including issues of trust, consumption, traceability and privacy.
He is a member of the scientific board of the Swedish Consumer Agency and was during 2016 a visiting research fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin as well as the Department of Political Science (POLS) at University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He is program chair for the Digital Society symposium at Lund University, 24-25 April, 2017, a part in Lund University’s year-long 350th anniversary.
Primary research collaboration and projects
- Digital consumption
- Is during 2017 conducting a study on “personal data as payment” to be finished in April.
- Wrote during 2016 a report on digitisation and the consumer interest, for the Swedish Consumer Agency. Download in fulltext here.
- Led during 2015 and early 2016 a research project on digital consumption and over-indebtedness among young adults, funded by the Swedish Enforcement Authority (Kronofogden) and including Hanna Carlsson, PhD in information Studies and Lupita Svensson, PhD in social work. Read more here. The report is found here.
- Was one of the researchers in the The Credit Society research group at the Pufendorf Institute, 2015-2016.
- Led during 2014 a project performing an extensive literature review on Consumption and indebtedness in a digital society, funded by Kronofogden (400 ksek), together with Hanna Carlsson, PhD in Information studies. Read more at Kronofogdemynigheten, more at LUii. It was published in January 2015.
- Digitalisation and the public sector
- Writing a book on Open data and legal challenges in the public sector with Jonas Ledendal (Dep of Business Law, LU) and Joakim (Lundblad) Wernberg (CIRCLE, LU) to be published with Wolters Kluwer in 2017. He has earlier led two related Vinnova-funded project.
- Is during 2016-2017 working together with the City of Helsingborg in a project on a digitised social services, funded by FoU Helsingborg and Vinnova. See related opinion piece here.
- Understandings of the digital / regulatory issues / trust
- Was a visiting researcher at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin from August to October 2016, partly funded by Åke Wibergs stiftelse and Magnus Bergvalls stiftelse, to study how contemporary internet is metaphorically understood and the consequences of this, particularly focusing the metaphor of “open” and “openness”.
- Has conducted a three-year international postdoc 2014-2016, funded by the Swedish Research Council, on Legal challenges in a digital context, where copyright is used as a case study on increased online traceability, conceptual change and normative gap issues.
- Together with Per Runeson, professor in Software engineering, Stefan lead and reported an interdisciplinary research project on Trust in a digital context from Sep 2013 to June 2014. The project included 10 senior researchers from five faculties at Lund University and is funded by the Pufendorf Institute. Read more on the project website The digital society. Find the report here.
- Visiting scholarships 2014-2016
- at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin from August to October 2016;
- at the Department of Political Science (POLS) at University of Hawai’i at Manoa (12 mo, 2014-2016)
- at the IT University of Copenhagen (1 mo, 2015) and taking part in DECIDIS, a research network on democracy and citizenship in a digital society as well as
- at the Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies, Det Juridiske Fakultet, Køpenhavns universitet (8 mo, 2015).
- Co-founder and member of the Cybernorms research group, studying legal and social norms in young online cultures (in swe).
- Is during the fall 2016 supervising theses in journalism at the Department of Communication and Media at Lund University.
- Was for three years responsible for 1 of 4 modules in the “Social Innovation in a Digital Society” education programme (SIDC), with participants from Marocko in the west to Bangladesh in the east, in a collaboration between LUii, the Lund University Commissioned Education (LUCE) and the Swedish Institute. Developed a masters course on digital infrastructure, politics and power games.
Recent scientific publications
- Larsson, S. (forthcoming, 2017) Conceptions in the Code. How Metaphors Explain Legal Challenges in Digital Times. Oxford University Press. Read more here.
- Carlsson, H., Åström, F., Larsson, S. & Svensson, L. (forthcoming) Consumer Credit Behavior in the Digital Context: A Bibliometric Analysis and Literature Review, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning.
- Larsson, S. (2016) Digitalisering och konsumentintresset. Konsumentverket 2016:12.
- Larsson, S., Svensson, L., & Carlsson, H. (March 2016) Digital Consumption and Over-Indebtedness Among Young Adults in Sweden, LUii reports, Lund & Landskrona, Sweden: Lund University.
- Larsson, S. & Emmelin, L. (2016) Objectively Best or Most Acceptable? Power hierarchies and knowledge types in the Swedish wind power development, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.
- Halbert & Larsson (May 2015) By Policy or Design? Privacy in the US in a Post-Snowden World, Journal of Law, Technology and Public Policy.
- Larsson (28 July 2015) Images of the digital: On the European Court of Human Rights’ judgment in the CASE OF DELFI AS v. ESTONIA, translated and published in the Latvian weekly legal journal Jurista vards.
- Bröchner, Åström & Larsson (May 2015) Intention in Hybrid Organizations: The Diffusion of the Business Metaphor in Swedish Laws, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.
- Carlsson, Larsson & Åström (April 2015) Over-Indebtedness and Consumption Patterns in Digital Society – A Research Review, Lund University Internet Institute: LUii reports.
- Larsson (March 2015) Metaforerna, rätten & det digitala. Hur gamla begrepp styr förståelsen av nya fenomen. Malmö. Gleerups Utbildning AB.
- Mattsson & Larsson (Jan-Feb 2015) Juridikens dolda tankestrukturer. Observationer av metaforbruk i den svenska civilrätten, Tidsskrift for Rettsvitenskap.
- Carlsson, Larsson & Åström (Jan 2015) Överskuldsättning och konsumtionsmönster i det digitala samhället – en kunskapsöversikt, Lunds universitet: Lunds universitets internetinstitut, LUii reports.
– Associate Professor in Technology and Social Change, 2015, LU.
– PhD in Spatial Planning, 2014, BTH.
– PhD in Sociology of Law, 2011, LU.
– Master of Social Science, 2005, LU.
– Master of Laws, 2005, LU.
Recent public appearances
– Interviewed in Swedish national radio P1 Vetandets värld in a section on online anonymity and the “dark net”, 6 Feb 2017 (at 16:30): “Darknet – internets mörka bakgata“.
– Interviewed in Swedish national radio P3 Nyheter on UK surveillance law, the so-called Investigatory Powers Bill, 22 November 2016, (49:15 in).
Opinion piece on consumer data and trust, in NyTeknik 15 November 2016.
– Interviewed in national radio P1 Plånboken on consumers as data sources in the digital economy, 2 November 2016.
– Co-author to an opinion piece in the Swedish national newspaper Dagens Nyheter, on the Digitalisation of Social Work, which is a collaborative project between LUii and the city of Helsingborg: ”Digitaliserad socialtjänst kan lösa framtidens behov” (18/7, 2016).
– Invited by RCSL as speaker at the 3rd ISA forum of Sociology. Presented “Law in a Digital Society: Code, Norms and Conceptions” jointly with Måns Svensson, at the common session, July 13, 2016.
– Was part in a panel on Emerging Challenges in a Digital Credit Society at Almedalen, 7 July 2016.
– Interviewed about music, science & Hawaii – and the release of the album The Machinist, Kungsbacka-Posten, 30 April 2016.
– Interviewed about digital nomads and digitalisation of work-life, regional newspaper BLT 22 April 2016.
– Interviewed about young adults and digital consumption by regional newspaper Sydsvenskan, after the release of a report on the matter: “Flera mobiler blir skuldfälla för unga vuxna“, 11 March 2016. The news was picked up by SVT Nyheter Skåne, TT (which means many Swedish newspapers), and the School of social work at Lund University.
– Interviewed in national radio P1, the show “Godmorgon, världen!”, commenting the latest governmental talk about antiterror legislation, which includes the use of placing spyware on suspect’s computers. On Sunday 13 Dec 2015.
– Interviewed about digital trust by the Swedish national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, 7 December 2015.
– Presented study on American file-sharing – “Dead, Encrypted or Streamed? American File Sharing and the Future of Privacy” – at The 16th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers Phoenix, USA, 21-24 October 2015.
– Invited to present at Centre for Innovation and Information Law, University of Copenhagen, 8 Oct 2015, on legal challenges in a digital context.
– Interviewed in Veja, Brazils biggest weekly magazine, on human interaction, smartphones and the notion of being ‘alone together’, September, 2015.
– Invited to present at The Swedish Consumer Agency on digital consumption, new vulnerabilities and consumer profiling, 10 September, 2015.
– Interviewed in Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan on problems with user data brokerage and lack of oversight, 2 September, 2015.
– Presented study on “Surveillance, Trust and Big Data – The Socio-Legal Relevance of Online Traceability” at Data Power Conference 2015, 22-23 June, in Sheffield.
– Invited to present on traceability, law and digitalization at CECS, the centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, 9 June, 2015.
– Invited presenter at a “structured dialogue” on copyright law and the digital domain, and the case of TPB, arranged by The Danish Patent and Trademark Office and the Law Faculty at Copenhagen University, 28 May 2015.
– Invited participant in the International German Forum “What matters to people – innovation and society” by Angela Merkel, 19/20 January, 2015, at the Chancellery in Berlin.
– Interviewed in Swedish national radio, P1 Plånboken on “Ny teknik och överskuldsättning“, 7 January 2015.
– Interviewed for article on Big Data in Lund University Magazine, “– Vi är bara i början av en enorm global digitalisering“, 18 December, 2014.
– Interviewed by ETC magazine on privacy and surveillance, 2 Nov 2014, “Integriteten som försvann“.
– Interviewed by Newsweek for article on file sharing and pirate politics, 11 Aug, 2014, ”European Internet Pirates Poised for Victory”, by Elisabeth Braw.
– Interviewed as digital expert in Aleksander Motturi’s episode of “Författarröster om demokrati” [Authors on democracy], regarding traceability and surveillance, UR. Broadcasted in national Swedish radio in July 2014 (20:10 into the clip).
– Interviewed in Svenska Dagbladet 1 July 2014: “Forskare: Facebooks experiment läskigt – men intressant”.
– Invited speaker to CyCon – International conference on cyber conflict, Tallinn, Estonia, 3 June 2014, and gave a speech titled “The Social Side of Cyber Norms: Legitimacy, Trust and Anonymity“.
– Interviewed in Swedish national radio, Studio Ett, SR, on data retention laws and ISPs, “Operatörerna fortsätter lagra data“, 9 June, 2014 (10:00 into the clip).
– Interviewed in Swedish national radio, P3 Nyheter enligt Karlsten, 4 June, 2014, about the Research Bay Study conducted by the Cybernorm’s research group (19:42 into the clip).
– Opinion article in Svenska Dagbladet, 19 April 2014, on surveillance and trust, co-written with colleagues in the DigiTrust research group.
– Regional TV news, “SydNytt”, on e-commerce and indebtedness, 2 May, 2014.
stefan.larsson [at] luii.lu.se