Yearly Archive: 2012

Dec 11

New publication on risk assessment

There is only one gambling studies journal in Sweden: Lotteriinspektionens skriftserie (“Periodical of the Swedish Gambling Authority”). This eminent journal publishes articles about various aspects of gambling, but of course with a focus on legislation and regulation. The most recent issue (no. 2, 2012) includes articles about the mathematics of gambling, the peculiar definition in …

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Nov 30

3 conferences in 3 days

This week was quite busy since I attended three conferences in Stockholm in three days. The first conference (Tuesday 27) was arranged by the Svenska Spel Research Fund. The fund is organized and financed by the state-owned gambling company Svenska Spel and offers funding for postgraduate research projects about gambling, in particular projects with a …

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Oct 29

Follow-up study on problem gambling

The Swedish National Institute of Public Health has published a report on a follow-up study of gambling and problem gambling in Sweden. The study was conducted in 2009-2010 and followed up the 2008-2009 population study. By contacting the same people as in the first study, the longitudinal follow-up study shows how gambling and problem gambling …

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Oct 02

EASG conference in Greece

Sunset in Loutraki

The European Association for the Study of Gambling (EASG) held its ninth conference in Loutraki, Greece, September 18-21. More than 250 participants from all over the world gathered at the Club Hotel Casino Loutraki, which is one of Europe’s biggest hotel casinos with 80 tables and over 1000 slots. This was a great conference in …

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Sep 22

Café U-FOLD – Problem gambling

U-FOLD – Forum for research on addiction to medical products and illegal drugs – is part of the disciplinary domain of Medicine and pharmacy at the University of Uppsala. U-FOLD organizes the seminar series Café U-FOLD, which is dedicated to presentations and discussions about various topics relating to addiction. The topic for the latest seminar …

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Aug 14

New publication: Why people gamble

My article Why people gamble: A model with five motivational dimensions has been published in the journal International Gambling Studies (update: 2013, vol. 13, no. 1, pp 81-97). The conceptual model presented in the article sums up much of what I observed during my year of field studies in Swedish gambling settings, what I have read about …

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Aug 06

Gambling, religion and hope

Gambling and religion are competitors on a ”market for hope”. That is the main argument of an article by German scholar Mark Lutter, published in the journal Soziale Problem and recently made available on the internet. The article can be downloaded here: M. Lutter, 2011, Konkurrenten auf dem Markt für Hoffnung: Religiöse Wurzeln der gesellschaftlichen …

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Jul 30

Recommended summer reading

Now when it’s vacation, research progresses at a more leisurely pace. I had planned to spend much of the summer boating and fishing here in Gothenburg, but since there has been much rain and strong winds the opportunities for this have been limited. The photo shows one of the few sea trouts I have caught …

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Jun 10

The story of Swedish gambling policy

One might think that the modern history of Swedish gambling policy is a dry and boring subject. But it is actually exciting, with plenty of fascinating stories about political maneuvering and corporate power struggles. It also tells a lot about politics, society and culture in modern Sweden. The story of Swedish gambling policy is told …

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May 14

A trip to Helsinki

I spent most of last week in Helsinki together with gambling scholars. In Finland, social science research on gambling is vigorous and more extensive than in the other Nordic countries. This is to a great extent thanks to the Finnish Foundation for Gaming Research and its director Pauliina Raento. The foundation funds gambling research and …

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