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Dr Tobias Kammersgaard

Areas of expertise:

  • Policing
  • Drug policy
  • Marginalized groups


Academic Biography 

I completed my PhD in 2020 at the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus University, Denmark. In my doctoral research, I investigated private and public policing interventions targeted at marginalized drug users in two cities in Denmark. In my postdoctoral research, I have continued to focus on the policing of various marginalized groups, including homeless people, people who use drugs, and ethnic minorities in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Furthermore, I have focused on the ‘softer’ and less coercive aspects of policing, including community policing, police-led drug diversion and harm reduction policing. In that regard, I am particularly interested in criminal justice interventions that operate in the space between care and control.

I joined the School of Business and Society in May 2022 to work at the ESRC Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre.


  • PhD in Social Science (Aarhus University)
  • MSc in Criminology (Aalborg University)
  • BSc in Public Administration (Aalborg University)


Kammersgaard, T. (2023). From punishment to help? Continuity and change in the Norwegian decriminalization reform proposal. International Journal of Drug Policy, 113.

Kammersgaard, T., & Houborg, E. (2023). Governmentality studies and police ethnography: Unpacking the complexities of contemporary policing practices. In J. Fleming, & S. Charman (Eds.) Handbook of Police Ethnography. Routledge.

Kammersgaard, T., Houborg, E., Søgaard, T.F. & Schrøder, S. (2023). “Another tool in the toolbox”: An investigation of a drug diversion programme in a Danish police precinct. In M.Bacon & J. Spicer (Eds.) Ending the Stalemate: Drug Law Enforcement, Policing and Harm
Reduction. Routledge.

Houborg, E., Kammersgaard, T. & Søgaard, T.F. (2023). From opponents to ‘interested’ partners? A case study of police and harm reduction service collaboration. In M. Bacon & J. Spicer (Eds.) Ending the Stalemate: Drug Law Enforcement, Policing and Harm Reduction. Routledge.

Kammersgaard, T., Søgaard, T. F., Kolind, T., Hunt, G (2022). “Most officers are more or less color-blind”: Police officers’ reflections on the role of race and ethnicity in policing. Race and Justice

Debbaut, S. & Kammersgaard, T. (2022). The ‘public health’ approach to illicit drugs: an eradicative drug discourse in a sanitorial disguise? Drugs, Habits and Social Policy.

Madsen, M & Kammersgaard, T. (2022). Dining with the police: Resistance and acceptance of community policing. Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing.

Søgaard, T. F., Kolind, T., Haller, M. B., Kammersgaard, T., & Hunt, G. (2022). ‘Filming Is Our Only Weapon Against the Police’: Ethnic Minorities and Police Encounters in the New Visibility Era. The British Journal of Criminology, 1-17.

Haller, M. B., Søgaard, T. F., Kolind, T., Madsen, M., Hunt, G., & Kammersgaard, T. (2022). My Criminal Friend: Maneuvering Friendships and Abstaining from Crime in High-Risk Areas in Denmark. Youth Justice.

Kammersgaard, T. (2022). Reguleringen af udsatte stofbrugeres placering i byens rum: En undersøgelse af tre strategier i Aarhus. In E. Houborg, T. Kammersgaard, J.S. Bach & M. Bancroft (Eds.) Byen og rusmidlerne: Oplevelser, konflikter og regulering. Aarhus Universitetsforlag.

Kammersgaard, T., Houborg, E., Bach, J. S., & Bancroft, M. (2022). Introduktion. In E. Houborg, T. Kammersgaard, J. S. Bach, & M. Bancroft (Eds.) Byen og rusmidlerne: Oplevelser, konflikter og regulering. Aarhus Universitetsforlag.

Kammersgaard, T., Søgaard, T.F., Haller M.B., Kolind, T. & Hunt, G. (2021). Community policing in Danish “ghetto” areas: Trust and distrust between the police and ethnic minority youth. Criminology & Criminal Justice.

Kammersgaard, T. (2021). Private security guards policing public space: Using soft power in place of legal authority. Policing and Society, 31(2), 117-130.

Kammersgaard, T. (2020). Being ‘in place’, being ‘out of place’: Problematising marginalised drug users in two cities. International Journal of Drug Policy, 75.

Kammersgaard, T. (2019). Harm Reduction Policing: Policing an Open Drug Scene after Decriminalization. Contemporary Drug Problems, 46(4), 345-362.

Houborg, E., Søgaard, T. F., & Kammersgaard, T. (2019). Kontrol og skadesreduktion i forhold til en åben stofscene. In Bjerge, B. & Houborg, E. (Eds.) Rusmiddelbrugere I Krydsfeltet Mellem Sektorer Og Fagligheder. Aarhus Universitetsforlag.

Kammersgaard, T. (2018). Police Research Methodology: Studying Police Officers Who Deviate from ‘the Police Culture’. Nordic Journal of Studies in Policing, Bind 5, Nr. 2, s. 141-156.

Kammersgaard, T., Heinskou, M. B. & Demant, J. (2017). Buying Stolen Goods: The Ambiguity in Trading Consumer-to-Consumer, Studied through a Mixed Methods Analysis. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, Bind 18, Nr. 1, 2017, s. 93-100.

Pedersen, A. J., Nielsen, J., Kammersgaard, T., Østergaard, C. H. & Møller, K. (2017). Danske politibetjentes perspektiver på peberspray som magtmiddel. Nordisk Politiforskning. Bind 4, Nr. 1, s. 89-107.

Houborg, E., Kammersgaard, T. & Pedersen, M.M. (2016). Drug Policing in Four Danish Police Districts. Police, Practice and Research: An International Journal, Bind 17, Nr. 4, 2016, s. 329- 340.

 ‌Tobias Kammersgaard

Contact details

Dr Tobias Kammersgaard
Research Associate
School for Business and Society
Room number: A/C/007

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 2986