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Per-Åke Nylander

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Law, Psychology and Social Work


Phone: +46 19 303717, +46 707 884163

Room: L2345

Per-Åke Nylander

Research Subject

Research environments

About Per-Åke Nylander

BA in Social Work in 1978 and MA in Social Work in 1996. Employed as qualified social worker from 1978 to 1993, in the social services, probation services, schools and drug abuse treatment programs. Took my PhD in Social Work in 2011 on the dissertation "Managing the Dilemma. Occupational Cultures and Identities amon Prison Officers". Reader, and Senior Lecturer in Social Work. Have lectured in two different social work programs, from 1993 and on. Created, lead lectured the 10 weeks University Course for Prison Officers, a part of their regular training from 2002 to 2012. Have run courses and lectured in Criminology from 2011 and on.

The research concerns prison and probation work, drug abuse treatment and social work in residential care and treatment. Participated in the following projects:

2005-2006 Prison officers and Prison work

2007-2010 Prison officers - occupational cultures, occupational identities and job satisfaction

2012-2014 Prison-based Drug Treatment in the Nordic Countries

2015-2016 Childhood with a parent in prison

Participate in two international networks one on confinement research and the other on emotion research. Co-author in four published anthologies on prisons, and in one forthcoming. Belong to the Prison research group in Social Work at Örebro University, and collaborate with CAPS research group in Criminology.


Research Projects



Articles in journals |  Chapters in books |  Conference papers |  Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries |  Manuscripts |  Reports | 

Articles in journals

Källström, Å. , Hellfeldt, K. & Nylander, P. Å. (2019). Parental imprisonment, child victimization and adult problems. European Journal of Criminology, 16 (6), 671-688.
Nylander, P. Å. , Källström, Å. & Hellfeldt, K. (2018). After a childhood with a parent in prison: Relationships and well-being as a child and young adult. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 14 (1), 34-35.
Nylander, P. Å. , Hellfeldt, K. & Källström, Å. (2018). Att ha haft en förälder i fängelse under uppväxten - har det betydelse senare i livet?. Tidskrift för kriminalvård, 73 (2), 9-11.
Bruhn, A. , Nylander, P. Å. & Johnsen, B. (2017). From prison guards to… what?: Occupational development of prison officers in Sweden and Norway. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 18 (1), 68-83.
Nylander, P. Å. (2016). Det hotade kontaktmannaskapet?. Tidskrift för kriminalvård, 71 (4), 4-6.
Giertsen, H. , Nylander, P. Å. , Asmussen Frank, V. , Kolind, T. & Tourunen, J. (2015). Prisoners' experiences of drug treatment and punishment in four Nordic countries. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 32 (2), 145-164.
Bruhn, A. & Nylander, P. (2015). Synen på brott och straff har blivit inhuman. ETC.
Holm, C. , Lindberg, O. , Jukic, E. & Nylander, P. Å. (2014). Flera nyanser av blått: Kriminalvårdare på behandlingsavdelningar - deras beskrivningar av yrkesroller, drogbehandling och de intagna. Nordisk Tidskrift for Kriminalvidenskab, 101 (2), 183-204.
Nylander, P. Å. , Holm, C. , Jukic, E. & Lindberg, O. (2012). Drug treatment in Swedish prisons: moving towards evidence-based interventions?. Nordic studies on alcohol and drugs, 29 (6), 561-574.
Nylander, P. Å. , Lindberg, O. & Bruhn, A. (2011). Emotional labour and emotional strain among Swedish prison officers. European Journal of Criminology, 8 (6), 469-483.
Bruhn, A. , Nylander, P. Å. & Lindberg, O. (2010). The prison officer's dilemma: professional representations among Swedish prison officers. Les Dossiers des sciences de l'education, 23 (1), 77-93.
Nylander, P. Å. , Bruhn, A. & Lindberg, O. (2008). Säkerhet eller rehabilitering?: Om subkulturell differentiering bland kriminalvårdare. Arbetsmarknad och arbetsliv, 14 (3), 45-62.

Chapters in books

Hellfeldt, K. , Källström, Å. & Nylander, P. Å. (2018). Efter en barndom med en förälder i fängelse: Hälsa, utsatthet och sociala relationer. In: Annelie Björkhagen Turesson & Annika Staaf, Kriminalvården: Innanför och utanför (pp. 177-188). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB.
Nylander, P. Å. & Holm, C. (2018). Kontaktmannaskap, säkerhet och behandling i svenska fängelser - vilka professionella relationer är möjliga?. In: Bruhn, Anders & Källström, Åsa, Relationer i socialt arbete: I gränslandet mellan profession och person (pp. 202-217). Stockholm: Liber.
Bruhn, A. , Lindberg, O. & Nylander, P. Å. (2017). Treating Drug Abusers in Prison: Competing Paradigms Anchored in Different Welfare Ideologies: The Case of Sweden. In: Scharff Smith, Peter & Ugelvik, Thomas, Scandinavian penal history, culture and prison practice: Embraced by the welfare state? (pp. 177-204). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Bruhn, A. , Nylander, P. & Lindberg, O. (2015). Swedish ‘prison exceptionalism’ in decline: trends towards distantiation and objectification of the Other. In: Eriksson, Anna, Punishing the other: the social production of immorality revisited (pp. 101-124). London & New York: Routledge.
Bruhn, A. , Lindberg, O. & Nylander, P. Å. (2011). A harsher prison climate and a cultural heritage working against it: sub-cultural divisions among Swedish prison officers. In: Thomas Ugelvik, Jane Dullum, Penal exeptionalism?: Nordic prison policy and practice (pp. 215-231). Abingdon: Routledge.

Conference papers

Bruhn, A. , Nylander, P. Å. & Johnsen, B. (2014). Professionalization of prison officers in Sweden and Norway: two routes, two different goals?. Paper presented at The 7th Nordic Working Life Conference, Göteborg, Sweden, June 11-13, 2014.
Nylander, P. (2013). Prison anti-drug treatment in a women’s prison: prescribed and negotiated identities. Paper presented at 13th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, "Beyond Punitiveness. Crime and Crime Control in Europe in a Comparative Perspective", Budapest, Hungary, September 4-7, 2013.
Bruhn, A. & Nylander, P. Å. (2013). Professionalization of prison officers in Sweden and Norway: two routes, two different goals?. Paper presented at ISA RC52 "Professional Groups" Interim Conference Challenging Professionalism, New Directions in Policies, Publics and the Professions, Lisbon, Portugal, November 28-30, 2013.
Nylander, P. Å. (2011). Prison officers in differentiated prisons: signs of occupational or organizational professionalisation?. Paper presented at American Society of Criminology (ASC), 63rd Annual Meeting, Washington DC, USA, November 16-19, 2011.
Nylander, P. Å. (2010). The transition of the prison officer role in late-modern prisons: the case of Sweden. Paper presented at 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), San Francisco, USA, November 17-20, 2010.
Bruhn, A. , Lindberg, O. & Nylander, P. Å. (2009). A harsher prison climate and a cultural heritage working against it. Paper presented at Scandinavian studies of confinement research network seminar, Oslo, Norway, October 22-23, 2009.
Bruhn, A. , Lindberg, O. & Nylander, P. Å. (2009). Emotional labour and emotional strain in late-modern prison work. Paper presented at 9th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), Lisbon, Portugal, September 2-5, 2009.
Nylander, P. Å. (2009). Subcultural divisions among prison officers: the case of Sweden. Paper presented at Scandinavian Studies of Confinement (SCC) Research Network Seminar, Oslo, Norway, October 22-23, 2009.

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries

Nylander, P. Å. (2011). Managing the dilemma: occupational culture and identity among prison officers. (Doctoral dissertation). (Comprehensive summary) Örebro: Örebro universitet.



Bruhn, A. & Nylander, P. Å. (2018). Quality employment and quality public services in prisons: Rapportdel: Sweden. Leuven, Belgium: (EU-rapport. Research comissioned by EPSU, University of Leuven ).
Bruhn, A. , Nylander, P. Å. & Lindberg, O. (2013). Fyra korta artiklar om kriminalvård. Örebro: (Working Papers and Reports Social work 2).
Lindberg, O. & Nylander, P. Å. (2000). Kriminalvård: en inventering av behoven inom forskning, utbildning och verksamhet. Örebro: Örebro universitet (Skrift / Örebro universitet, Institutionen för vårdvetenskap och omsorg 4).