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Christel Backman

Senior lecturer

Christel Backman
Senior lecturer
christel.backman@socav.gu.se
+46 31 786 5813

Room number: F310
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41123 Göteborg


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

About Christel Backman

CHRISTEL BACKMAN (LL.M, PhD in Sociology) has been with the department since 2006. Her research examines issues on deviation, social control, surveillance and human resource management.
Backman completed her doctoral thesis ’Criminal Records in Sweden. The Regulation of Access to Criminal Records and the Use of Criminal Background Checks by Employers’ in March 2012. The thesis was awarded as the ”Best HR-research 2012”.

Specialist fields

  • Sociology of Law
  • Surveillance Studies
  • Human Resource
  • Social Control

Current research
Employers' use of information seeking on the Internet in the recruitment process, and its consequences for organizations and jobseekers on the Swedish labour market.
Over the past years it has become increasingly more common for employers to check up job-seekers online, using a search engine, specific databases or social media. In this way employers may add information about specific parts of the job-seeker’s past, such as criminal records, or try to capture the job-seeker’s “data double”. Previous research on online behaviour in general and social media in particular, has focused on the data subjects online action, how privacy settings are used and if online behaviour is modified due to potential data gathering by outsiders. In this project we turn our attention to the ones who gather this type of data and use it as access control for employment. Our aim is to examine how employers interpret the data they find and to what extent it influences the recruitment process and the decision to hire or not hire a candidate.

Descriptions of occupations for career guidance – a matter of the free choice of the individual or the differentiation of the labour force?
In this project we analyse a large number of occupational descriptions, published on the Swedish Public Employment Service’s website, to see how these descriptions are formulated and structured. Our aim is to illuminate what aspects of knowledge and personal qualities that is described as necessary or positive in various occupations, and if the descriptions differ depending on factors such as occupational prestige and gender. Furthermore, the study will show how these descriptions – and the occupations portrayed – are perceived by young adults and to what extent the material is used by career counsellors in Sweden.

Teaching and tutoring
Christel Backman lectures on criminology, victimology, socio-legal studies, surveillance studies, theory of science and qualitative methods, and supervises undergraduate students.

Miscellaneous
Christel Backman coordinates the research network ”Surveillance & Scandinavian Exceptionalism”, funded by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Science (RJ).

She is a member of the Surveillance Studies Network.

She is coordinator of the 'Narrative Analysis Group' in the department, and is a member of the Department's Research Group in Criminology and Sociology of Law

Latest publications

Whom do you know? Recruiters’ motives for assessing jobseekers’ online networks
Anna Hedenus, Christel Backman, Peter Håkansson
The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Synliggöra högskolepedagogisk kompetens vid institutionerna. Rapport och lathund
Christel Backman, Ninni Carlsson, Lena Lindgren, Hauwa Mahdi
Göteborg, Pedagogiska utvecklingskommittén ( PUK ), Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Göteborgs universitet, Report 2018
Report

Kursintroduktion som aktivt lärtillfälle
Christel Backman, Sara Uhnoo, Mattias Wahlström
Symposium Rum för lärande, 8-9 oktober, Västerås, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Hur värderar studenter lärarproducerade podcasts i relation till andra läraktiviteter?
Christel Backman, Sara Uhnoo, Mattias Wahlström
NU2018 Det akademiska lärarskapet, 9-11 oktober, Västerås, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Online privacy in job recruitment processes? Boundary work among cybervetting recruiters
Christel Backman, Anna Hedenus
8th Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference, Århus, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Lärarpoddar i kriminologi
Christel Backman, Mattias Wahlström, Sara Uhnoo
Digitalisering av högre utbildning, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Medskapande pedagogik på en introduktionskurs
Christel Backman, Sara Uhnoo, Mattias Wahlström
Scherp H.Å & Uhnoo D. (red.) Medskapande högskolepedagogik, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

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2019

Whom do you know? Recruiters’ motives for assessing jobseekers’ online networks
Anna Hedenus, Christel Backman, Peter Håkansson
The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal article 2019
Journal article

2018

Synliggöra högskolepedagogisk kompetens vid institutionerna. Rapport och lathund
Christel Backman, Ninni Carlsson, Lena Lindgren, Hauwa Mahdi
Göteborg, Pedagogiska utvecklingskommittén ( PUK ), Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Göteborgs universitet, Report 2018
Report

Kursintroduktion som aktivt lärtillfälle
Christel Backman, Sara Uhnoo, Mattias Wahlström
Symposium Rum för lärande, 8-9 oktober, Västerås, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Hur värderar studenter lärarproducerade podcasts i relation till andra läraktiviteter?
Christel Backman, Sara Uhnoo, Mattias Wahlström
NU2018 Det akademiska lärarskapet, 9-11 oktober, Västerås, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Online privacy in job recruitment processes? Boundary work among cybervetting recruiters
Christel Backman, Anna Hedenus
8th Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference, Århus, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Lärarpoddar i kriminologi
Christel Backman, Mattias Wahlström, Sara Uhnoo
Digitalisering av högre utbildning, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Medskapande pedagogik på en introduktionskurs
Christel Backman, Sara Uhnoo, Mattias Wahlström
Scherp H.Å & Uhnoo D. (red.) Medskapande högskolepedagogik, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

2017

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