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.


Articles and book chapters

Andersen, Synøve N. (in press). Co-offending in Norway: An International Comparison. I S. Hufnagel & A. Moiseienko (Eds.) Criminal Networks and Law Enforcement: Global/International Perspectives on Illicit Enterprise. Routledge.

Andersen, Synøve N. & Hyatt, Jordan M. (in press). Randomized Experiments in Scandinavian Criminal Justice: Reviewing the Past and Looking to the Future. European Journal of Criminology (online first).

Andersen, Synøve N., Drange, Nina & Lappegård, Trude (2018). Can a Cash-for-Care Benefit Change Fertility Behaviour? Demographic Research, 38(33): 897-928.

Andersen, Synøve N. & Skardhamar, Torbjørn (2015). Pick a Number: Mapping Recidivism Measures and Their Consequences. Crime and Delinquency 63(5): 613-635.

Andersen, Synøve N. & Ringdal, Kristen (2012). Welfare Regimes and Personal Risks. I H. Ervasti, J. G. Andersen, T. Fridberg & K. Ringdal (redd.) The Future of The Welfare State: Social Policy Attitudes and Social Capital in Europe (ss. 17-45). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Harsløf, Ivan, Scarpa, Simone & Andersen, Synøve N. (2013). Changing Population Profiles and Social Risk Structures in the Nordic Countries. In I. Harsløf & R. Ulmestig (Eds.) Changing social risks and social policy adaptations in the Nordic welfare states. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.


Andersen, Synøve N. (2017). Revolving Doors? An Empirical Study of Recidivism in Norway. PhD avhandling, institutt for sosiologi og samfunnsgeografi. Oslo: Universitetet i Oslo.

Andersen, Synøve N. & Telle, Kjetil (2016). Electronic Monitoring and Recidivism: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Norway. Discussion paper 844. Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå.

Andersen, Synøve N. & Skardhamar, Torbjørn (2012). Age at Immigration and Crime: Findings for Male Immigrants in Norway. Discussion Paper 728. Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå.

Andersen, Synøve N. & Skardhamar, Torbjørn (2014). Tilbakefall til gjentatt kriminalitet: Å måle gjentatt kriminalitet – hvem, hva og når?. Samfunnsspeilet : Tidsskrift om levekår og livsstil.  ISSN 0801-7603.  (3), s 24- 28

Duvander, Ann-Zofie, Lappegård, Trude, Andersen, Synøve N., Garðarsdóttir, Ólöf, Neyer, Gerda & Viklund, Ida (2018). Gender Equal Family Policy and Continued Childbearing in Iceland, Norway and Sweden. SPaDE Working Paper 2016:01. Stockholm: Stockholms Universititet.

Lappegård, Trude., Duvander, Ann-Zofie, Andersen, Synøve N., Garðarsdóttir, Ólöf, Neyer, Gerda & Viklund, Ida (2018). Nordic Family Policy and Union Dissolution. Stockholm Research Reports in Demography, 2018:4. Stockholm: Stockholms Universitet.

Andersen, Synøve N., Holtsmark, Bjart, & Mohn, Sigmund B. (2017). Kriminalitet blant innvandrere, norskfødte med innvandrerforeldre og øvrig befolkning. En analyse av registerdata for perioden 1992-2015. Rapporter 2017/36. Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå.

Andersen, Synøve N. & Mohn, Sigmund B. (2017). Innvandrere mindre overrepresentert blant siktede enn før. I T. Sandnes (red.) Innvandrere I Norge 2017, ss. 161-173. Statistiske Analyser 155. Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå.

Andersen, Synøve N. & Kornstad, Tom (2017). Botid og kriminalitet blant voksne innvandrere i Norge. Rapporter 2017/37. Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå.

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  • Andersen, Synøve Nygaard & Adsera, Alicia (2020). Bør flyktninger bosettes i byer? Sysselsettinger blant flyktninger bosatt i by og bygd.
  • Tønnessen, Marianne; Andersen, Synøve Nygaard & Adsera, Alicia (2019). Does municipality size matter for the successful integration of refugees: Evidence from Norway.
  • Tønnessen, Marianne & Andersen, Synøve Nygaard (2019). Municipality type and refugees’ outcomes.
  • Hart, Rannveig Kaldager; Andersen, Synøve Nygaard & Drange, Nina Eirin (2019). Effects of Extended Paternity Leave on Union Stability and Fertility. SSB - Discussion papers. ISSN 0809-733X.

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