Synøve Nygaard Andersen

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Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Harriet Holters hus 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1096 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests

Punishment and corrections, policy-evaluations, drug policy, recidivism, comparative justice, criminal networks, family and employment, quantitative methods, social network analysis, causal analysis

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Synøve N. Andersen holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Oslo (2017). She was employed at the Research Department at Statistics Norway between 2012 and 2020, where she worked on projects in the overlap of sociology, criminology, demography and economics. Between 2018 and 2020 she also held a part-time position as an Associate Professor of Empirical Legal Studies at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, before she started as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography in March of 2020. Her postdoctoral position is a part of the PROMENTA Research Center’s working group Drug Policy Reform. For her postdoc Andersen will, amongst other things, explore the impact of criminal justice contacts on crime, drug use and employment trajectories, and combine network and spatial analyses to assess the social and spatial properties of illicit networks in Oslo.

Broadly speaking Andersen’s work has focused on the ways in which public policy affects individual behavior, and in particular in the ways in which correctional policy and programming affect employment, family relations and recidivism. She also works on co-offending networks and is especially interested in the processes that precede co-offending and the effect of co-offending on subsequent criminal behavior.

Andersen is also a faculty affiliate at the Department of Criminology and Justice studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, where she teaches on Norwegian corrections and are co-instructor on an intensive course abroad about Scandinavian criminal justice.


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  • Andersen, Synøve Nygaard & Adsera, Alicia (2020). Bør flyktninger bosettes i byer? Sysselsettinger blant flyktninger bosatt i by og bygd.
  • Andersen, Synøve Nygaard (2019). Innvandrere begår sjeldnere kriminalitet sammen med andre: Gruppekriminalitet blant innvandrere og i resten av befolkningen. SSB analyse.  ISSN 2535-4817. Show summary
  • Andersen, Synøve Nygaard; Skardhamar, Torbjørn & Holmboe, Morten (2019). The effect of increased sentence length on recidivism and employment: A reform study of violent offenders sentenced to prison.

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Published Mar. 11, 2020 3:16 PM - Last modified Sep. 22, 2020 11:47 AM