Conference: Societal Dimensions of Organised Crime

Contact details: 
Lu Yang
University of Surrey
Description of Event: 

Organised crime is an umbrella term for a host of criminal practices, such as trafficking illegal goods and people, extortion, corruption and kidnapping. Organised crime is a global phenomenon and many criminal organisations and networks operate transnationally. Despite most countries being affected by some form of organised crime, it seems to manifest in different ways in different societies. Understanding these societal dimensions of organised crime will help to understand the phenomenon as well as how to combat it.

The conference will be held at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) in Rome, Italy, on the 23-24 September 2015.

Contributions are invited on the following and related topics:

The structure and organisation of socially embedded crime (e.g. extortion, corruption) Social, economic and cultural conditions beneficial for organised crime
Explanatory accounts for the success or failure of specific criminal organisations
Migration of criminal organisations and networks between countries and sectors

Computational studies of organised crime and extortion
Databases and data mining tools of criminal and judicial data
Counter-policies for organised crime and their effectiveness
Assessments of the expected future for global organised crime Analyses of the interface between organised crime and society Policy focussed research on organised crime

Legal, criminal justice, policing, criminological, computational, and other perspectives may be employed. Participants from academia, policy and operational organisations are all very welcome.

Contributions in the form of extended abstracts (up to 1500 words) or abstracts for posters (up to 500 words) are welcome. A selection of papers will be published in a journal special issue. The conference will also include round table and panel discussions. Suggestions for these should be submitted as brief abstracts outlining aims, scope and potential addressees and participants. For any queries and informal discussions please contact

Important Dates:

Submission: 1 April 2015
Notification of Acceptance: 30 May 2015 Deadline for Registration: 30 July 2015 Conference 23-24 September 2015

Paper submission is via EasyChair Registration will open on the 16th of March on, with costs of £80 (about 100), including proceedings, lunch and coffee breaks. Queries should be addressed to Lu Yang

The conference is sponsored by the Global Dynamics of Extortion Racket Systems (GLODERS). The GLODERS project is partially funded by the European Commission's Framework 7 programme (grant agreement 315874). 


Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 10:00 to Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 18:00
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