After the success of the ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime’s first General Conference in Naples in December 2015, the Standing Group now welcomes the submission of abstracts for papers to our 2nd General Conference to be held at the University of Bath, UK, from 7 to 8 July 2017.
The ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime, in cooperation with the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, invites you to the 2nd General Conference of the Standing Group on Organised Crime. The Conference will take place at the University of Bath from 7 to 8 July 2017. Its main theme is ‘Organised crime today – networks, routes, criminal partnerships’
The study of serious and organised crime has allowed a better understanding of many illicit activities including, drug trafficking, smuggling, political corruption, and extortion, as well as improving social-economic policies and policing responses. By developing case studies, research methods, and theoretical frameworks we are closer to tackling these social problems that are challenging democratic institutions in many different ways and levels. However, despite the advances over the last 30 years, we are also starting to realise that we need to go beyond our traditional and well established frameworks to un-package the complex and silent features of serious and organised crime. The reason is simple: criminal networks do not operate in isolation. They exist in a multiplex networked world where changes in one layer of the social or economic fabric enables new structures and activities at another layer, and vice versa. Identifying the overlapping relationships of outwardly disconnected spheres of social interaction is a major research puzzle this conference wishes to address.
Submission and deadlines
Proposals for individual papers and panels can be sent here
Please also send a short bio and full contact details.
We invite panels and papers addressing different facets of organised crime which may include but not only:
1. Gangs, organised crime and mafia
2. Criminal Logistics, Organisation, and Modus Operandi.
3. Criminal mobility
4. Politics, corruption, and symbolic power
5. Organised crime in Prisons
6. Organised crime and the European Financial Crisis
7. Freezing, forfeiture, and social reuse of criminal assets
8. Women and Children in criminal and terrorist networks;
9. Public Perceptions of Organised Crime
10. International and European cooperation in the fight against organised crime;
11. Organised crime, social Media and the internet
12. Big Data, Crowdsourcing, Spatial-temporal, and Computational approaches
13. Environmental crime.
14. Modern slavery
15. Money laundering
Abstracts should be written in English, contain a clear outline of the argument, and, where applicable, methodology and results. Please limit the maximum length of individual abstracts to 400 words. Panel proposals, should consist of up to four individual abstracts, names of panel chair and discussant, and a rationale of about 400 words. Each panel will last 1.30 hours. Normally sessions will include from 3 to 4 papers, a chair and a discussant. Each presentation will last 15 minute.
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