Dr. Heléne Lööw

Heléne Lööw

Associate Professor

Department of History, Uppsala University, Sweden


Heléne Lööw – Uppsala University, Sweden (uu.se)


Heléne Lööw is Associate Professor at the Department of History at Uppsala University, Sweden. Lööw has extensive experience of directing large research projects. From 2010 to 2013, she led the research program Good practice for dialogue and communication as strategic principles for policing political manifestations in Europe (GODIAC), with financial support from the Prevention of and Fight against Crime programme of the European Commission. From 2003 to 2006, Lööw was Director of the Living History Forum. From 2000 to 2001 Lööw worked at the Prime Minister’s office with Stockholm International Forum: Combating Intolerance. She has represented Sweden at the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI, 1998-99), and the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC, 2000-2004). In addition, Lööw has served in several state commissions and inquiries pertaining to the Second World War, and has been a researcher at the National Council of Crime Prevention and the universities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Uppsala. Her field of expertise includes political violence and terrorism, racism and white supremacy, hate crime, crime prevention and counter-terrorism, and police science. A leading expert on Swedish National Socialist movements, Lööw has published three monographs on the topic, edited several volumes and produced a large number of articles and research reports.

Research interests

  • Fascism 
  • Terrorism and extremism  
  • Counter measures and prevention
  • Hate crime 
  • Antisemitism

Featured publications

  • Lööw, Heléne. 2019. “Från den ʻsionistiska ockupationsregimenʼ till ʻjudisk maktʼ – antisemitismen inom Nordiska motståndsrörelsen.” Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift 3-4.
  • Lööw, Heléne. 2017. “I gränslandet – symbiosen mellan det organiserade och det oorganiserade.” In Mikael Grundberg-Dahlberg, Mattias Gardell and Heléne Lööw, Den ensamme terroristen – om lone wolves, näthat och brinnande flyktingförläggningar. Stockhom: Ordfront.
  • Lööw, Heléne. 2017. “Våldsbejakande extremism – begrepp och diskurs.” In Christofer Edling and Amir Rostami, eds., Våldsbejakande extremism: en forskarantologi. Stockholm: Wolters Kluwer. SOU 2017:67.
  • Lööw, Heléne. 2015. Nazismen i Sverige 2000 – 2014. Stockholm: Ordfront.
  • Lööw, Heléne. 2011. “The extreme right in Sweden, growing slowly.” In Nora Langenbacher and Britta Schellenberg, eds., Is Europe on the “right” path? Right-wing extremism and right-wing populism in Europe. Berlin: Forum Berlin – Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
  • Lööw, Heléne. 2009. “Right Wing Extremist Perpetrators from an international perspective.” In Marcel Alexander Niggli, ed., Right-wing Extremism in Switzerland, National and International Perspectives. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
  • Lööw, Heléne. 2004. Nazismen i Sverige 1924 – 1979. Stockholm: Ordfront.
  • Lööw, Heléne. 1998. Nazismen i Sverige 1980 – 1997. Stockholm: Ordfront (2. edition 2000).