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Mattias Wahlström

Senior lecturer

Mattias Wahlström
Senior lecturer
+46 31 786 4830

Room number: F212
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41122 Göteborg

Department of Sociology and Work Science (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 4764
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 411 22 Göteborg

About Mattias Wahlström

MATTIAS WAHLSTRÖM defended his doctoral thesis in 2011: "The making of protest and protest policing: Negotiation, Knowledge, Space, and Narrative," which concerns contemporary political protest and the policing of protest in Sweden and Denmark. Based on qualitative analysis of interviews, observations and documents, various aspects of this area are explored, such as negotiation, provocation, spatial interaction, and organisational police change.

Between 2009 and 2013 he was part of the international research programme “Caught in the act of protest: contextualizing contention (CCC)” (see http://www.protestsurvey.eu/). Together with Abby Peterson and Magnus Wennerhag, he was part of a follow-up research project focusing on Pride parades in Europe and Mexico, subsequently co-authoring the book Pride Parades and LGBT movements (Routledge).

Specialist Fields
Social movements, political violence, police research, social media, philosophy of social science, LGBTQ-issues and narrative analysis.

Current research

Mattias Wahlström is currently leading three research projects

  • Collaboration and conflict in prevention of violent extremism in Sweden (Forte 2016-00925), with Jan Jämte (Örebro University), Magnus Wennerhag (Södertörn University), and Rune Ellefsen (University of Oslo).
  • Online social media as discursive opportunity structure for attacks against refugee housing facilities (VR 2016-03515), with Hans Ekbrand (GU), Anton Törnberg (GU) and Petter Törnberg (Chalmers).
  • The necessary and the possible: How social movements articulate, convey and negotiate visions of a fossil free and just future (Formas 2019-01961), with Joost de Moor (Stockholm University), Katrin Uba (Uppsala University), Magnus Wennerhag (Södertörn University) and Lotte Schack (GU).

During 2019, Mattias also had a central role in coordination of international protest surveys directed to participants in climate protests, which, inter alia, resulted in two research reports: Protest for a Future och Protest for a Future II.


Teaching and tutoring
Criminology and general sociology, with a focus on social movements, political crime and police research.

Erasmus exchange lecturer at Charles University in Prague, October 2014. Guest lecturer at Eichstätt-Ingolstadt University, Eichstätt, 2012 and at Mazaryk University, Brno, 2014.

Mattias is Co-coordinator of the European Sociological Association research network RN25 – Social Movements. He is also co-coordinator of the local research network CSM-RESIST.

Mattias has acted as external expert/lecturer for a number of organizations, including OSCE/ODIHR, the Romanian Gendarmerie, and the Swedish National Police Board.

Major publications

Latest publications

Genuin oro över passiv politik bakom ungas klimatstrejker
Per Adman, Joost de Moor, Katrin Uba, Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag
Dagens Nyheter, Newspaper article 2019
Newspaper article

Dynamics of violent and dehumanizing rhetoric in radical right social media
Mattias Wahlström, Anton Törnberg, Hans Ekbrand
14th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Manchester, United Kingdom, 20 – 23 August 2019, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

”Violence approving extremism” – Establishing a Swedish social problem
Mattias Wahlström
Prepared for presentation at the Nordic conference on violent extremism: Theory and Practice, Oslo, 28-29 November 2018. , Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

“A beating is the only language they understand”: Dynamics of violent rhetoric in radical right social media
Mattias Wahlström, Anton Törnberg, Hans Ekbrand
C-REX Nordic Conference on Violent Extremism, 29-30 November, Oslo, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

Major publications

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May Day Demonstrations in Five European Countries
Abby Peterson, Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag, Camilo Christancho, José-Manuel Sabucedo
Mobilization: the international quarterly review of social movement research, Journal article 2012
Journal article

Changes in police organization and strategy: Organizational adaptation as an outcome of social movement action
Mattias Wahlström
Paper presented at the conference Silence in the Study of Social Movement Outcomes, 6-8 September 2012, Uppsala , Conference contribution 2012
Conference contribution

Vem demonstrerar mot rasism? En jämförelse mellan deltagare i antirasistiska demonstrationer i Amsterdam, London och Stockholm
Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag
Paper presenterat på Sociologidagarna, Stockholm, 15-17 March 2012., Conference contribution 2012
Conference contribution


Climate protest and social movements: Charting and explaining variation in patterns of participation and frames among Climate Summit protestors in three countries
Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag, Christopher Rootes
Paper presented at the 6th ECPR General Conference, Reykjavik, 25-27 August 2011, Conference contribution 2011
Conference contribution

Institutional trust and motives for protest
Mattias Wahlström
Paper presented at the ESA 10th Conference in Geneva, Thursday 8th September, 2011, Conference contribution 2011
Conference contribution


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