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Professor Per-Olof Wikström

College position(s)



Human, Social and Political Sciences, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

Specialising in

Criminology; Professorial Fellow

Degrees, Awards and Prizes

BA, PhD (Stockholm), Docent, FBA

Research themes

Director of the Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+), a major ESRC funded longitudinal research project which aims to advance knowledge about crime causation and prevention. Main research interests are developing a unified theory of the causes of crime (Situational Action Theory), its empirical testing (PADS+) and its application to devising knowledge-based prevention policies.


I teach at the Institute of Criminology where I am a Professor of Ecological and Developmental Criminology.


I have been a Fellow of Girton College since 1997. I have twice served on the College Council.

Prior to moving to the UK in 1997 and taking up posts at the University of Cambridge and Girton College, I held senior academic posts at the Stockholm University and the Research Unit of the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.

  • 2017 Doctor Honoris Causa. UNED, Madrid (Spain).
  • 2016 Winner of the 2016 Stockholm Prize in Criminology.
  • 2013 Award of Excellence. University of Maribor (Slovenia).
  • 2011 Elected Fellow of the British Academy.
  • 2010 Named Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.
  • 2002 Elected Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford (US).
  • 1994 Recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Thorsten Sellin and Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck Award, for outstanding international contributions to the discipline of criminology.
  • 1991 Elected Northern Scholar by the University of Edinburgh.

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