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 research

The centre was established with the intention of further strengthening the University's position as a focual 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 first theme — sexuality, norms and politics — focusses on norms concerning sexuality in legislation, moral regulation, and discourse. Within this area, our research deals with the construction and mediation of norms by examining politics and policies targeting sexuality. The analytical perspectives applied are developed from social scientific disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, criminology and social work, as well as from humanities disciplines such as gender studies, queer studies, history, human ecology and film studies.

The research questions within this field relate to politics, legislation, public discourse and norms, and include a variety of topics, such as:

  • female genital cutting
  • the regulation of commercial sex
  • narratives of rape
  • attitudes to and representations of HIV
  • perceptions of honour-related violence
  • the governance of same-sex relationships and homonormativity
  • BDSM practices 
  • issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights from a global perspective

Sexual and reproductive health, intervention and prevention

The second theme — sexual and reproductive health, intervention and prevention — has a more direct focus on intervention, prevention and institutional practices relating to sexuality. This theme involves research projects that examine the provision of sexual information and sex education for young people in different contexts, such as: the Swedish education system; the Swedish health care system; Swedish social services; and in institutional care. Other projects explore sexual counselling among religious and multi-ethnic communities and counselling for people who buy sex.

The protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights among different target groups is yet another topic within this field, for example access to health care and social support for people who sell sex, transgender people and young people.

In addition, research within the centre also touches on the implementation and outcomes of different interventions and legal measures targeting, for example:

  • female genital cutting
  • the selling and buying of sexual services
  • human trafficking for sexual purposes

This theme also addresses intervention by looking into institutional practices and examining the ideologies on which interventions are based.

Sexual experiences and practices

The third theme — sexual experiences and practices — brings together research at the micro-level with a focus on individual perceptions and experiences of sexuality. Among other things, this involves ongoing research on:

  • sexual dysfunction
  • sexuality and intellectual disabilities
  • sexual consent
  • sexual risk-taking
  • sexual practices and identities
  • experiences of sexual abuse
  • sexuality and drug use
  • sexual habits
  • sexual fantasies
  • research on sexual health and desire in relation to gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, ability and age

Organisation

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Chair

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

Members

  • Amela Hodzic, Marketing Development Manager, PROLOG
  • Barbro Lennér-Axelsson, Psychologist, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Senior Lecturer, University of Gothenburg
  • Jens Rydström, Professor, Department of Gender Studies, Lund University
  • Karin Örmon, Senior Lecturer, 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
  • Martin Berg, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, Malmö University
  • Suzann Larsdotter, Social worker and Sexologist, RFSU

Senior Research Group

  • Aje Carlbom, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Malmö University
  • Ann-Cathrine Bramhagen, Associate Professor, Department of Care Science, Malmö University
  • Bodil Liljefors-Persson, Professor, Department of Society, Culture and Identity, Malmö University
  • Charlotta Holmström, Senior lecturer, Department of Social Work, Malmö University
  • Eva Elmerstig, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Malmö University
  • Lars Plantin, Professor, Department of Social Work, Malmö University
  • Sara Johnsdotter, Professor Department of Social Work, Malmö University