Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies
and Sexuality Studies
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.
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
Find out more about ongoing research projects at Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies.
New infidelities? Life stories on infidelity 1960-2020
The aim of the project is to explore how social dimensions form...
Sexual counselling after Acquired Brain Injury
International research indicates that Acquired Brain Injuries...
Power and possibilities – social- and intersectional perspectives on young people’s prerequisites for sexual and reproductive health and...
The overall aim is to explore and compare social conditions for...
Polyamory – relationships, family and everyday life beyond norms of coupledom
The aim of the present study is to explore experiences of...
Being young, with migration experiences and identifying as an LGBTQ+ person
The aim of the study is to highlight the life and health...
Societal measures to check for suspected female genital mutilation in Sweden: an analysis of proportionality in the authorities’ handling o...
The aim of this project is to investigate Swedish authorities’...
The role of values for equity in sexual and reproductive health: clinical encounters as contentious space in a multicultural society
Sweden is considered the most gender equal country according the...
Reflections on fertility and family planning in different stages of life
Major changes have taken place in the field of reproductive...
Female genital cutting and sexuality
Focus of the research project is to investigate discourses on...
The Purchase of Sex – Meanings, Vulnerabilities and Welfare Initiatives
The social landscape, conditions and market regarding commercial...
Sexual health in patient with inflammatory bowel disease: how adolescents (15-18) and young adults (19-25) experience their sexual health...
Inflammatory bowel disease, IBD, are a common disease among...
Mariah Larsson, Professor, Department of Film and Literature, Linnaeus University
- Barbro Lennér-Axelsson, Psychologist, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Senior Lecturer, University of Gothenburg
- 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
- 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
- Mats Lundström, Senior lecturer, Department of Natural Science, Malmö University
- Sara Johnsdotter, Professor Department of Social Work, Malmö University