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Magnus Andersson

Doctoral student

Political Science, Intelligence Analysis


Research and Areas of Interest

  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Risk Analysis
  • Decision making in Law Enforcement
  • Terrorism and Organized Crime
  • Criminal policy
  • Security policy
  • Network Theory
  • Game Theory

Current research

Operational crime fighting is most often done through a police operation with the purpose to prevent, deter, avert, detect or prosecute a criminal project that is being conducted by a crime or terrorist group. The police and other law enforcement authorities conduct crime fighting operations in the form of cases, which can have both an intelligence and investigative component. My research focuses on the study of decision making in both the police operation as well as in the criminal project and the dynamic relationship between the two decision making processes. Thereby the focus is on how the police, as a street-level bureaucrat, implements crime fighting policy and its effect on the crime project. Using a combined framework based on game theory, bounded rationality and decision theory a number of criminal projects are studied focused on decisions and strategic choices that the police intelligence and investigative team does in relation to the choices made by the criminal group. The research aims at developing a theoretical model for decision making in police operations and its significance for the implementation of crime fighting policy.



Malmö City Problem-Oriented Policing Project on Micro Crime Places (2011). European Police Science and Research Bulletin, Issue 6, Winter 2011/2012.





Photo of Magnus Andersson by Jessica Björck.
E-mail: magnus [dot] andersson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Doctoral student

Department of Political Science


Areas of Expertise

Criminal Intelligence, Police Intelligence
Methods in intelligence and crime analysis
Risk analysis
Social network analysis (SNA)


Magnus Andersson is a PhD-student in political science (intelligence analysis) and is also an employee of the Swedish police authority. He conducts part-time (50%) research and works part-time (50%) as manager of analysis in criminal intelligence. Furthermore, Magnus has more than 10 years’ work and teaching experience from criminal intelligence at regional, national and European level.

Research groups

Department of Political Science
Lund University
Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5H (House: Eden)
Postal address: Box 52, SE-221 00 LUND
Telephone: +46 46-222 89 52

Faculty of Social Sciences