The Swedish Gambling Research Network (GARN) held its second meeting on October 24-25 in Stockholm. About 20 researchers participated.
Three invited guest speakers presented on the first day of the meeting: Robert Williams (University of Lethbridge, Canada), Sylvia Kairouz (Concordia university, Canada) and Ludwig Kraus (IFT Institut für Therapieforschung, Germany). Their presentations are available here. It was very inspiring and instructive for us in GARN to learn about cutting-edge gambling research in other countries.
The second day of the meeting was dominated by presentations by GARN-members who told about their ongoing research. Among the topics may be mentioned youth gambling, the Swelogs longitudinal study and the regulation of gambling in the EU. I presented a paper (work in progress) on the judicial uses of dice games in 17th – 19th centuries Sweden.
The network GARN is funded by FORTE (The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare) and has currently resources to hold two meetings per year for three years. GARN is open to all researchers studying gambling and gaming in a social, cultural or psychological perspective. GARN is administered by SoRAD (Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs) at the University of Stockholm.