Synøve Nygaard Andersen

Postdoctoral Fellow - Sosiologi og samfunnsgeografi
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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.


  • Andersen, Synøve Nygaard; Savolainen, Jukka & Messner, Steven F (2022). Exploring sources of heterogeneity in immigrant crime: Evidence from Norway. Acta Sociologica. ISSN 0001-6993. p. 1–20. doi: 10.1177/00016993221109704.
  • Adsera, Alicia; Andersen, Synøve Nygaard & Tønnessen, Marianne (2022). Does One Municipality Fit All? The Employment of Refugees in Norway Across Municipalities of Different Centrality and Size. European Journal of Population. ISSN 0168-6577.
  • Adsera, Alicia & Andersen, Synøve Nygaard (2022). Does One Municipality Fit All?The Employment of Refugees in Norway Across Municipalities of Different Centrality and Size. European Journal of Population. ISSN 0168-6577. 38(3), p. 547–575. doi: 10.1007/s10680-022-09618-3.
  • Hart, Rannveig Kaldager; Andersen, Synøve Nygaard & Drange, Nina (2022). Effects of extended paternity leave on family dynamics. Journal of Marriage and Family. ISSN 0022-2445. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12818.
  • Hyatt, Jordan M.; Andersen, Synøve Nygaard; Chanenson, Steven L.; Horowitz, Veronica L. & Uggen, Chris (2021). «We Can Actually Do This”: Adapting Scandinavian Correctional Culture in Pennsylvania. American Criminal Law Review. ISSN 0164-0364. 58(4), p. 1715–1746.
  • Horowitz, Veronica L.; Greberman, Emily R.; Nolan, Patrick E.; Hyatt, Jordan M; Uggen, Chris & Andersen, Synøve Nygaard [Show all 7 contributors for this article] (2021). A Comparative Perspective on Officer Wellness: American Reflections from Norwegian Prisons. Criminal justice studies. ISSN 1478-601X. 34(4), p. 477–497. doi: 10.1080/1478601X.2021.2001231.
  • Andersen, Synøve Nygaard; Adsera, Alicia & Tønnessen, Marianne (2021). Municipality Characteristics and the Fertility of Refugees in Norway. Journal of International Migration and Integration. ISSN 1488-3473. doi: 10.1007/s12134-021-00840-2.

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  • Andersen, Synøve Nygaard; Hyatt, Jordan M & Uggen, Chris (2021). “Personal, Not Private”: Exploring the Dual Role of ‘Social Worker’ and ‘Guard’ Held by Norwegian and American Correctional Officers.
  • Chanenson, Steven L.; Andersen, Synøve Nygaard; Hyatt, Jordan M; Høidal, Are; Eason, Kenneth & Connor-Council, Patricia (2021). “Ice in the Stomach: Reforming Prisons at Home and Abroad. Annotated Transcript. American Criminal Law Review. ISSN 0164-0364. 58(4).
  • Adsera, Alicia; Tønnessen, Marianne & Andersen, Synøve Nygaard (2021). One municipality does not fit all The employment of refugees in Norway across municipalities of different centrality and size.

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