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Ola Svenonius's main research interest is public administration and comparative politics, with special focus on issues of security, surveillance and policing. His research spans across several areas, such as policing and intelligence, post-communist studies, urban security, public transport, human rights and consumer issues. Common across his works is the attention paid to legitimacy and trust of organizations involved in surveillance activities.

Ola Svenonius has a PhD in political science from Stockholm University (2012) and has studied at Södertörn University, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Humboldt Universität Berlin, and the Mid-Sweden University.

He is currently engaged in two research projects:
First, Securitization in Practice (SIP) at Stockholm University, which focuses on the regulation of the lawyer-client relationship in the context of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism. In SIP his main interest lies in the German case. The project is funded by the Swedish Science Council.

Second, Like Fish in Water: Surveillance in Post-Communist Societies (LFIW) at Södertörn University, which focuses on the contemporary role of surveillance and legacies from the communist era in Central and Eastern Europe. Svenonius leads the LFIW project, which involves four researchers and several subprojects. LFIW is currently in its end phase. The project is funded by the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies. 



Svenonius, Ola (with Fredrika Björklund). 2013. Video Surveillance and Social Control in a Comparative Perspective. New York: Routledge.

Svenonius, Ola. 2011. “Sensitising Urban Transport Security: Surveillance and Policing in Berlin, Stockholm, and Warsaw.” Doctoral dissertation, Stockholm: Stockholm University, Department of Political Science. 

Articles (peer-review)

Svenonius, Ola. 2012. “The Stockholm Security Project: Plural Policing, Security and Surveillance.” Information Polity, no. 17: 35–43.

Book chapters

Svenonius, Ola, Fredrika Björklund, and Paweł Waszkiewicz. 2014. “Surveillance, Lustration and the Open Society: Poland and Eastern Europe.” In Histories of State Surveillance in Europe and beyond, edited by Kees Boersma, Rosamunde van Brakel, Chiara Fonio, and Pieter Wagenaar, First Edition, 95–117. Routledge Studies in Crime and Society 11. New York: Routledge.

Ola Svenonius (with Fredrika Björklund). 2013. “Video Surveillance in Theory and as Institutional Practice.” In Video Surveillance and Social Control in a Comparative Perspective, edited by Fredrika Björklund and Ola Svenonius, 1–18. New York: Routledge.

Svenonius, Ola. 2013. “Video Surveillance in a Historical Perspective.” In Video Surveillance and Social Control in a Comparative Perspective, edited by Fredrika Björklund and Ola Svenonius, 69–96. New York: Routledge.

Svenonius, Ola. 2010. “Exploring Consumer Rights Regimes and Internet Consumption in Europe.” In Surveillance, Privacy and the Globalization of Personal Information, edited by Elia Zureik, L. Lynda Harling Stalker, Emily Smith, David Lyon, and Yolande E. Chan, 310–27. Montreal & Kingston, London, Ithaca: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Other publications

Svenonius, Ola. 2015. “Döden i seminariesalen.” Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift 117: 468–70.

Svenonius, Ola, and Ellen Edlundh. 2014. “Mass Surveillance and Institutional Racism: Two Sides of the Swedish Coin.” Open Democracy. May 20. 

Svenonius, Ola. 2013. Book review: “Surveillance and Identity: Discourse, Subjectivity and the State.” Critical Policy Studies 7 (4): 469–71.