PhD defence on policing of marginalized drug users

Tobias Kammersgaard presents his PhD dissertation by the lecture "Friends or Foe? The policing of Marginalized Drug Users in Public Space"

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Tirsdag 19. maj 2020,  kl. 09:00 - 11:30


via Microsoft Teams

To acquire the PhD degree in Social Science and Business Tobias Kammersgaard presents his PhD dissertation giving a public lecture followed by a defence on 19 May 2020 at 9:00.

Tobias Kammersgaard's PhD project sheds light on how marginalized drug users in public spaces are spoken about and problematized in the context of increased gentrification, beautification and privatization of our cities. Furthermore, it is investigated how marginalized drug users and their presence in public space are governed, specifically by looking at two cases of foot patrol policing in two public spaces situated in the two major Danish cities, namely Aarhus and Copenhagen.

The defence takes place virtually via Microsoft Teams. Logging on is only possible from 8:45 to 9:15, and attendees are asked to mute their microphones to avoid any background noise. We strive to make it possible for the audience to ask questions to the candidate. Questions must be sent to Torsten Kolind, who heads the defence, via the "conversation" box appearing in the middle of the panel while attending. 
Attendees do not have access to technical support during the defence. 

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Assessment committee

  • Professor Vibeke Asmussen Frank, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University (chair)
  • Professor Helene O.I. Gundhus, University of Oslo
  • Associate Professor Michael Shiner, London School of Economics


Associate Professor Esben Houborg, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University

Associate Professor Thomas Friis Søgaard, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University

Download the dissertation

Policing of Marginalized Drug Users in Public Space: Between Control and Protection 

Articles published from the project

Harm Reduction Policing: From Drug Law Enforcement to Protection

Private security guards policing public space: using soft power in place of legal authority

Being ‘in place’, being ‘out of place’: Problematising marginalised drug users in two cities