Yearly Archive: 2013

Apr 29

First GARN network meeting

The Swedish Gambling Research Network (GARN) held its first meeting on April 25 to 26 in Stockholm. More than 20 researchers participated – veterans as well as doctoral students who have just begun gambling studies. During the first day of the network meeting there were lectures by invited guests. Jessika Svensson (who is also a …

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Apr 08

Conceptual Framework of Harmful Gambling

The new publication Conceptual Framework of Harmful Gambling: An International Collaboration presents a comprehensive and systematic overview of research and knowledge about problem gambling. The authors are an international and interdisciplinary group of researchers (including myself). The publication provides a knowledge map that can be used both to find literature on a particular topic and …

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Apr 04

U-FOLD seminar on addictions

More than 300 people attended a seminar on addiction and drug abuse at the University of Uppsala on April 3. The seminar was organized by U-FOLD – Forum for research on addiction to medical products and illegal drugs – which is part of the disciplinary domain of Medicine and pharmacy at the University of Uppsala. …

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Mar 22

Summary of problem gambling research

Earlier this week the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS) presented a summary report on problem gambling research. The report is authored by Jessika Svensson (The Swedish National Institute of Public Health), Anders Tengström (Karolinska institutet) and myself. The report (in Swedish) summarizes research on problem gambling in Sweden and internationally. The …

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Mar 21

New Swedish EGMs presented

The state-owned gambling company Svenska Spel will add responsible gambling features to their “Vegas” brand of EGMs (Electronic Gaming Machines). There seems not yet to be any publicly available description of the new features, so what follows here are notes that I made during the event in Stockholm last week when the new machines were …

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Mar 20

X-CONS seminar on youth gambling

The past week has been very busy with a number of meetings in Stockholm that all had to do with gambling. Here come a few notes about some of them. More posts will follow. X-CONS Haninge is an organization based in a suburb of Stockholm that runs a number of projects to prevent social problems …

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Mar 02

New article: Gambling in Sweden

My article “Gambling in Sweden: The cultural and socio-political context” has been published in the journal Addiction. The article is included in the series “National gambling experiences”, which gives brief, yet comprehensive and well-informed, overviews of gambling and problem gambling in various countries. Abstract Aim To provide an overview, with respect to Sweden, of the …

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Feb 01

Free access to IGS gambling journal

Tylor & Francis Online is offering free access to all Routledge Behavioral Science Journals throughout February. Access to the journal articles is normally available only to subscribing institutions (such as university libraries) and to individuals who pay per article. This offer includes many interesting journals – start here. Among the journals with free access in …

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Jan 25

Gambling Research Network formed

The Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, SoRAD has received funding for a network of Swedish gambling researchers. The support comes from the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS). The network is called GARN – GAmbling Research Network. The network aims to develop a national meeting place for young as …

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Jan 01

Focus on gambling studies

From January 1, 2013, I’m on a six month leave of absence from the University of Gothenburg. For a while, I have been working at the university with many other things than research – that is, administration and various teaching-related duties. I will now focus on gambling research. In a first phase that means writing …

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