The Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies carries out multidisciplinary research on sexuality from social science, humanistic, medical and clinical perspectives. Our aim is to develop and stimulate faculty-wide research in sexology and sexuality studies, and also to strengthen national and international research collaboration within the field.

Our vision is to shed light on issues of sexuality in an integrated way. Our research center has an important role to play – sexuality is an ever-current issue.

Charlotta Holmström, Director

Our research

The centre was established with the intention of further strengthening the University's position as a focal point for national and international research, in parallel with educational and professional development in the field of sexuality. Our research focusses on structural frameworks, institutional contexts, and individual experiences, comprising three main themes:

Sexuality, norms and politics

The research theme highlights how different forms of societal interventions and legal measures produce and reproduce ideas about sexuality, gender, and relationships. Research related to this theme examines, for example, how sex education takes shape, LGBTQ+ experiences in relation to legislation on migration, and various perspectives on the criminalization of the purchase of sex.

Sexual and reproductive health, intervention, and prevention

In this area, researchers examine different forms of societal interventions to prevent sexual and reproductive ill health and sexual vulnerability. Projects within this theme investigate, for example, how social care and school healthcare address sexual and reproductive health and rights, young adults' knowledge of sexual practices in relation to antibiotic resistance, and sexual rehabilitation after acquired brain injury.

Sexual experiences and practices

The theme highlights sexual experiences and practices at a relational and individual level. Themes covered include, for example, infidelity, female genital cutting, involuntary childlessness, men's experiences of sexual violence, living with inflammatory bowel disease, and sexual consent in digital communication.


Researchers at CSS

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Sofia Hammarström

Development manager at Knowledge Centre for Sexual Health within Region Västra Götaland. PhD from Linköping University within the field young people at risk of sexual ill-health.


Linda Jolof and Patricia Rocca
Linda Jolof and Patricia Rocca work at The Swedish Red Cross treating center in Malmö. Linda is an authorized psychologist and Patricia is an authroized physiotherapist. Part of the collaboration is also Anette Carnemalm, manager at the Swedish Red Cross treating center in Malmö.


Linda Åkeflo

Researcher at the department of Care Science and Health, University of Gothenburg. Linda wrote her thesis on radiotherapy and sexual health effects among female pelvic cancer survivors.



Advisory Board

Advisory Board


Mariah Larsson, Professor, Department of Film and Literature, Linnaeus University


  • Barbro Lennér-Axelsson, Psychologist, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Senior Lecturer, University of Gothenburg
  • Carina Listerborn, Professor in Urban Planning, Department of Urban Studies, Malmö University
  • Karin Örmon, Associate Professor, Department of Care Science, Malmö University
  • Katarina Görts Öberg, Doctor of Medicine and Psychologist, ANOVA, and Head of Unit for Sexual Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital
  • Niclas Olsson, Development Secretary, Sexual Health, Malmö city
  • Niels Ulrich Sörensen, Associate Professor and Deputy Manager at The Danish Centre for Youth Research (CeFU), Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Suzann Larsdotter, Social worker and Sexologist, Sexualbyrån Suzann Larsdotter

Senior Research Group

  • Ann-Cathrine Bramhagen, Associate Professor, Department of Care Science, Malmö University
  • Bodil Liljefors-Persson, Professor, Department of Society, Culture and Identity, Malmö University
  • Catrine Andersson, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Malmö University
  • Charlotta Holmström, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Malmö University
  • Eva Elmerstig, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Malmö University
  • Malin Lindroth, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Malmö University
  • Mats Lundström, Senior lecturer, Department of Natural Science, Malmö University

Early career network

This network brings together PhD students and early career researchers with research interests in sexology and sexuality studies. It is a national and interdisciplinary network coordinated within CSS. It aims to provide a plattform for dialogue and exchange of experiences, and seeks to promote and develop collaboration between junior researchers within the field of study. In the long term, the network also aims to support and establish research collaborations between junior researchers and reserachers in various national and international research environments to advance research in the fields of sexology and sexuality studies. Would you like to be a part of the network, please contact:

Kim Ringmar Sylwander

Jack Lukkerz