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Måns Svensson leaves the Sociology of Law Department to become president

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Almost three years ago, Måns Svensson took a leave of absence from the Sociology of Law Department to become Professor of Sociology of Law and Dean of the School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences at Halmstad University. When his leave of absence ends at the turn of the year, he leaves his position in Lund. Instead, he will become President of Jönköping University.

"I am now leaving my position in Lund for an exciting assignment as President in Jönköping. But the Sociology of Law Department will in some sense always be my home department. I have my closest scientific colleagues there and it is one of the finest sociology of law environments in the world," says Måns Svensson.

Måns Svensson defended his PhD at the Sociology of Law Department in 2008 with the thesis Social Norms and Compliance. Road safety issues from a sociological perspective. Since then, he has taught at all levels, co-authored three textbooks in sociology of law and supervised 13 doctoral students, including the main supervisor for eight.

His research has focused on the impact and dependence of law on informal social control. He has studied digital issues, migration, corruption, labour and private economy, often with a global perspective. As a researcher at Lund University, he has built up three interdisciplinary research environments focusing on technology and social change: Lund University Internet Institute, Lund University’s Institute for Studies in Economic Security and Lund University’s Centre for Work Environment and Leadership.