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Stefan Larsson is associate professor in technology and social change and head of Lund University Internet Institute (LUii) in Sweden. 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 has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles, scientific book chapters and books since 2012, and is one of the most downloaded researchers at Lund University, and is a member of the scientific board of the Swedish Consumer Agency. He is currently as guest researcher at the department of Political Science (POLS) at University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
Primary research collaboration and projects
- Leads during 2015 and early 2016 a research project on digital consumption and over-indebtedness among young adults, funded by the Swedish Enforcement Authority (Kronofogden) with approx 1 mil sek. The research team includes Hanna Carlsson, PhD in information Studies and Lupita Svensson, PhD in social work. Read more here.
- Stefan started a three-year international postdoc during 2014, funded by Vetenskapsrådet, 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. Within this project, he is currently guest researcher at the the department of Political Science (POLS) at University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and has during 2015 been at the IT University of Copenhagen and taking part in DECIDIS, a research network on democracy and citizenship in a digital society as well as the Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies, Det Juridiske Fakultet, Køpenhavns universitet.
- Co-founder and member of the Cybernorms research group, studying legal and social norms in young online cultures (in swe).
- For the third consecutive year he is 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, that is a collaboration between LUii, the Lund University Commissioned Education (LUCE) and the Swedish Institute. The module is about digital infrastructure, politics and power games.
Stefan has during 2013 and 2014:
- Finalized a project on wind power planning (in swe) and permit handling, with Lars Emmelin, professor at the Swedish School of Planning, Blekinge Institute of Technology. Reported through PhD thesis:
- Stefan defended his second PhD, in Spatial Planning at BTH (the first was in Sociology of Law at LU, 2011), on the 15 September, 2014. Title: Law and Spatial Planning. Socio-legal Perspectives on the Development of Wind Power and 3G Mobile Infrastructures in Sweden (FULL TEXT). Read more (in swe.).
- During 2014 he lead a project developing a Legal handbook on open data from the public sector. Funded by VINNOVA (180 ksek). The book will be published late 2015 with Jonas Ledendal as first author.
- During 2014 he lead 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.
- 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.
- In June 2013 he received a SEK 150 000 planning grant from the Swedish Enforcement Authority (Kronofogden) on Indebtedness of young people in the digital society, and is part of research network on EconSec.
- Stefan was during 2013 leading a SEK 500K research project on legal solutions for open data, funded by Vinnova. See more here. Reported in December 2013.
- He has finished a project on open data, “From bureaucracy to innovation” (here is the report [in Swe]), with Media Evolution, BTH Innovation, The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden. Funding from Vinnova.
- He has formulated strategies for improved competitiveness in a Vinnova-sponsored project on Cybersecurity, in collaboration with Ericsson AB, Dept of Electrical and Information Technology at Lund University and more. Read more here.
- He has finished a cross-disciplinary study group (17 researcher from 6 disciplines) on The Digital Society that he hosted together with Per Runeson, professor in software engineering, 2012/2013. Funded by Pufendorf Institute. See REPORT – MEDIA COVERAGE – or MOVIES from the final seminar.
Recent scientific publications
- Larsson, S. (forthcoming, 2017) Conceptions in the Code. How Metaphors Explain Legal Challenges in Digital Times. Oxford University Press.
- 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. (Oct 2015) 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.
- Larsson (Nov 2014) Justice ‘Under’ Law: The Bodily Incarnation of Legal Conceptions Over Time, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.
- Larsson, Emmelin, & Vindelstam, (Nov 2014) Multi Level Environmental Governance – The Case of Wind Power Development in Sweden, Societal Studies.
- 2nd PhD thesis: Larsson (Sep 2014) Law and Spatial Planning. Socio-legal Perspectives on the Development of Wind Power and 3G Mobile Infrastructures in Sweden, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Dissertation Series, Department of Spatial Planning, Faculty of Engineering.
- Report: Larsson & Runeson, red. (2014) DigiTrust: Tillit i det Digitala. Tvärvetenskapliga perspektiv från ett forskningsprojekt, Pufendorfinstitutet, Lunds universitet.
- Palmås, Andersson Schwarz, & Larsson (Aug 2014) The Liability of Politicalness: Legitimacy and Legality in Piracy-proximate Entrepreneurship, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 22(4): 408-425.
- Larsson (June 2014) Digitaliseringens Rättssociologi. Om mätbarhetens behov av teori och den digitala arkitekturens normativa relevans, Retfærd. Nordic Journal of Law and Justice.
- Andersson Schwarz and Larsson (June 2014) On the Justifications of Piracy: Differences in conceptualization and argumentation between active uploaders and other file-sharers. In: Arvanitakis J and Fredriksson M (eds.), Piracy: Leakages from Modernity. Los Angeles, CA: Litwin Books.
– PhD in Spatial Planning, 2014, BTH.
– PhD in Sociology of Law, 2011, LU.
– Master of Social Science, 2005, LU.
– Master of Laws, 2005, LU.
Publications in a list with stats.
Recent public appearances
– 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