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My work contributes to two overarching discussions:

1. Through my research and advocacy activities I want human rights and development scholars and practitioners to understand that they need to take serious every-day, urban violence as significant in itself. That is rather rather than seeing human rights violations as extra-ordinary violations against for instance human rights defenders or as a mere function of bad development or lack of governance.

2. Through my research on gangs, radicalization and policing I want to contribute to a different approach in criminal justice away from punishment. The current, quasi-dominant approach is destructive of our society and not only a violation of the human rights offenders.


  • Sociology and Social Conditions
  • Police violence
  • Human rights
  • Security
  • gangs
  • corruption
  • radicalization

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Research Output 1999 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Awkward Entanglements: Kinship, Morality and Survival in Cape Town’s Prison–township Circuit

Waltorp, K. & Jensen, S., 2019, In : Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology. 84, 1, p. 41-55 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

correctional institution

Faith in the system? Religion in the (Danish) asylum system

Petersen, M. J. (ed.) & Jensen, S. B. (ed.), 2019, Aalborg Universitetsforlag. 127 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Introduction: On Stuckness and Sites of Confinement

Jefferson, A., Turner, S. & Jensen, S., 1 Jan 2019, In : Ethnos. 84, 1, p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

correctional institution
everyday life

A World of Significance: Equality, Ritual and Violence in a Manila Fraternity

Jensen, S., 2018, Sporadically Radical: Ethnographies of Organized Violence and Militant Mobilization. Jensen, S. & Vigh, H. (eds.). Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum, p. 147-174 27 p. (Critical Anthropology).

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

49 Downloads (Pure)

Counting Torture: Towards the Translation of Robust, Useful, and Inclusive Human Rights Indicators

ul Arefin Choudhury, Z., Jensen, S. & Kelly, T., 3 Apr 2018, In : Nordic Journal of Human Rights. 36, 2, p. 132-150 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
human rights violation
human rights
household survey

Activities 2018 2019


Steffen Bo Jensen (Participant)
30 Oct 20191 Nov 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Prevention of Urban Violence in Tunisia

Steffen Bo Jensen (Consultant)
1 Sep 201917 Oct 2019

Activity: Public/private sector consultancy and other employmentConsultancy

Gangs project, International Advisory Board Meeting

Steffen Bo Jensen (Participant)
26 Aug 201929 Aug 2019

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars


Steffen Bo Jensen (Lecturer)
20 Jun 2019

Activity: Talks and presentationsExternal teaching and course activities at other universities


Steffen Bo Jensen (Other)
1 May 201931 May 2019

Activity: Other

Press / Media

DIGNITY sætter fokus på korruption og tortur

Steffen Jensen & Henning Jørgensen


14 items of Media coverage

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Bandefortid følger tidligere medlemmer hele livet

Steffen Jensen


4 items of Media coverage

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Tidligere bandemedlem: Banderne samler kræfter nu

Steffen Jensen


10 items of Media coverage

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Bandekonflikt: Beboere på Nørrebro håber på fredsaftale

Steffen Jensen


6 items of Media coverage

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Forskere om bandekonflikt: Bekymrende med kun ét svar fra politikerne

Steffen Jensen


5 items of Media coverage

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