Number of members: 71
The Standing Group on Organised Crime (SGOC) promotes research on organised crime across disciplinary, regional and professional boundaries. To this end, it offers a number of platforms such as its own website, a blog, and diverse social media. The SGOC moreover organises an annual Summer School, publishes a tri-annual newsletter and has recently launched The European Review of Organised Crime, its own peer-reviewed open access journal. During Sections at ECPR General Conferences, it brings together junior and senior experts. It is also frequently involved in the publication of special journal issues and edited books.
It is hoped that the Standing Group will facilitate the development of theoretical approaches as well as in-depth studies of empirical examples, to network members, to create fruitful exchanges between disciplines with a regular flow of information on projects, etc. This Standing Group would also allow researchers to meet on a regular basis and promote an active publication agenda.
The specific aims of this Standing Group are:
Constitution of the ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime
Organised crime manifests in many forms and stretches across four continents: Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. It has a disruptive effect on the functioning of democratic institutions, distorts the free market economy and compromises the very fabric of the civil society at large. The Standing Group seeks to promote debates on the general theme of organised crime and its manifestations, particularly its relations with the international system, governance, society, and the economy.
Mission and Vision
The nature of organised crime implies that research should be multidisciplinary, although it rarely is. The standing group on organised crime fosters communication, exchanges and common projects between different disciplines, nationalities and professional sectors. The group seeks to act as a catalyst for new research and international contacts and a forum for dialogue, exchanges and news.
Organised crime must be met with sustainable and mutual learning between academics and practitioners.
Aims of the Standing Group
We believe that due to important developments in the area of organised crime and an abundance of new material, there is a clear need for an active and dynamic ECPR standing group dedicated to the study of organised crime which acts as the central focus for European, American and other researchers, as well as provide an umbrella for common activities and projects across disciplines.
The standing group seeks to facilitate the development of theoretical approaches, as well as in-depth studies of empirical examples, in order to create fruitful exchanges between disciplines with a regular flow of information on projects. This ECPR standing group seeks to help researchers meet on a regular basis and promotes an active publication agenda.
Our strategic goals are organised into three tangible categories: Impact & Visibility, Research and Learning. We hope to realize the mission, vision and aims of the standing group by achieving the majority of goals listed below:
Goal 1: Impact & Visibility
1. To promote the study of organised crime across disciplines.
2. To foster mutual learning between scholars and practitioners.
3. To facilitate electronic and other forms of communication.
4. To provide formal information with a bi-annual newsletter and a research directory (e-directory).
5. To have a website, blog and social medial platforms, that share information in real time.
6. To establish a permanent Recruitment Information Campaign and strengthen the research directory (e-directory).
Goal 2: Research
1. To initiate new research agendas according to the interests of the standing group members, as well as bring researchers together.
2. To set up an online research archive where papers, chapters and articles can be stored.
3. To set up an open line Journal ‘ECPR Research Series on Organised crime’.
4. To maintain a searchable archive with articles from our newsletters.
Goal 3: Learning
1. To develop and facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation and research among members.
2. To contribute to the activities of the ECPR: to organise conferences and seminars on various aspects of organised crime and workshops at the ECPR annual Joint Sessions and ECPR annual Research Sessions.
3. To promote knowledge exchange with the wider public on topics related to organised crime.
Structure of Standing Group
The group seeks to be as inclusive as possible. All are welcome to join, through on-line registration and participate as they wish. There is no membership fee. Although the structure of the SG seeks to be as democratic and open as possible, some organizational roles and bodies have been established as follows:
Convenor and Co-convenor: The role of the convenor and co-convenor is to manage and provide leadership to the group
Steering/executive committee: The Steering committee is the organisational arm of the SG (from the executive committee the following roles are distributed: Social Network officer, Funding officer, Events & Publication officer, Strategic Communication officer, Newsletter Editors)
International consultants: Non-academic external advisors to the group.
Members from ECPR members institutions : Individuals who have asked to become members and who have signed up to the e-directory, mailing list and seek to attend meetings and ECPR conferences.
Other Members: Individuals affiliated to non-member institutions. They need to apply to the Steering Committee in order to be admitted. Admission will be decided on the basis of the curriculum od the applicant.
Convenor, Co-convenor and the executive committee will stay in charge for a period of 3 years one time renewable; election will be organised and take place during ECPR general conferences; The majority of the Steering Committee must be affiliated to ECPR (full or associated) member institutions, including the Convenor who serves as main liaison with the ECPR. All members who will attend the General Conference will have the right to vote; Each attending members can have a maximum of 2 delegations;
Executive Committee/ Steering Committee (2013-2016)
Convenor Felia Allum, University of Bath, UK (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Co-Convenor Francesca Longo, University of Catania, Italy (email@example.com)
Social Networks Officer William (Bill) Tupman, University of Exeter/Anglia Ruskin University
Funding Officer Daniela Irrera, University of Catania
Events & Publication Officer Helena Carrapico, University of Dundee
Strategic Communication Officer Panos Kostakos, University of Bath
Newsletter Editors Anna Sergi, University of West London,
Falko Ernst, University of Essex
On-line journal project Anita Lavorgna, University of University of Wolverhampton
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