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Catrin Andersson

Dr Catrin Andersson BA, MA, PhD, MPhil

Lecturer In Criminology


Teaching criminology and conducting interdisciplinary and comparative research


I started at Sheffield Hallam University as a Lecturer in Criminology in September 2015. I have undergraduate and masters degrees in forensic psychology, a masters in criminal justice, and a PhD in criminal justice (violence).

I have worked hands-on with research for a number of years, doing psychological, legal, and criminological research in the United States.I have been involved in developing large and small research projects and has extensive experience with secondary data management, including health individual and national level health data. My primary research interests revolve around violence (micro and macro level), alcohol/drug use, theory integration, comparative research and research methods.

I enjoy teaching on a variety of topics, such as criminological theory, research methods/statistics, criminal justice, and violence. I especially like teaching from a comparative perspective.


Journal articles

Andersson, C., Wincup, E., Best, D., & Irving, J. (2020). Gender and recovery pathways in the UK. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy.

Banks, J., Waters, J., Andersson, C., & Olive, V. (2019). Problem and pathological gambling rates are high among prison populations. Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO).

Banks, J., Waters, J., Andersson, C., & Olive, V. (2019). Prevalence of gambling disorder among prisoners: a systematic review. International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology.

Edwards, M., Best, D., Irving, J., & Andersson, C. (2018). Life in recovery: a families’ perspective. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 1-22.

Best, D., Vanderplasschen, W., Van de Mheen, D., De Maeyer, J., Colman, C., Vander Laenen, F., ... Nagelhout, G.E. (2018). REC-PATH (Recovery Pathways): overview of a four-country study of pathways to recovery from problematic drug use. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly.

Andersson, C., & Kazemian, L. (2017). Reliability and validity of cross-national homicide data: A comparison of UN and WHO data. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.

Best, D., Irving, J., Andersson, C., & Edwards, M. (2017). Recovery identity and wellbeing: is it better to be 'recovered' or 'in recovery'? Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, 12 (1), 27-36.

Best, D., Irving, J., Collinson, B., Andersson, C., & Edwards, M. (2016). Recovery networks and community connections: identifying connection needs and community linkage opportunities in early recovery populations. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 35 (1), 2-15.

Book chapters

Banks, J., & Andersson, C. (2023). The role of technology in stalking and coercive control amongst young people. In Mellins, M., Wheatley, R., & Flowers, C. (Eds.) Young People, Stalking Awareness and Domestic Abuse. Palgrave:


Banks, J., Andersson, C., Best, D., Edwards, M., & Waters, J. (2018). Families Living with Problem Gambling: Impacts, Coping Strategies and Help-Seeking. Sheffield Hallam University.

Andersson, C., Best, D., Irving, J., Edwards, M., Banks, J., Mama-Rudd, A., & Hamer, R. (2018). Understanding recovery from a family perspective: a survey of life in recovery for families. Sheffield Hallam University for Alcohol Research UK.

Other activities

I am currently a member of the American Society of Criminology and the subdivision of International Criminology.

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