‘Dismembering Organised Crime: Identifying, Analysing and Countering’ Conference – CALL FOR PAPERS

‘Dismembering Organised Crime: Identifying, Analysing and Countering’ Conference – CALL FOR PAPERS

5-6 July 2019 |University of Sofia, Bulgaria

The After the success of the ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime’s first General Conference in Naples in December 2015 and its second General Conference in Bath in July 2017, the Standing Group now welcomes the submission of abstracts for papers and panels to their 3rd General Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

Dr. Tuesday Reitano (Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime) and Prof. Francesco Strazzari (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo and Scuola Universitaria Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa) are confirmed keynote speakers.

Conference Theme

Dismembering Organised Crime: Identifying, analysing and countering

Organised crime is part of everyday life. It surrounds us in different ways, but it is not uniquely a feature of poverty but also a characteristic of modern 21st century life. Organised crime connects and infiltrates all aspects of life, often without us even realising it. It devastates lives, neighbourhoods, local economies and distorts political life. The focus of the conference is the

This conference seeks to be a geographical and intellectual space where international researchers, practitioners, NGOs, think tanks and policy-makers can collectively dismember organised crime together from its different levels, dimensions, aspects, heights, disciplines and countries. It seeks to encourage the presentation of cutting edge empirical research which intersects different disciplines and topics as well as a discussion around the most effective and efficient methodologies that can be used.


This conference welcomes papers from researchers from all stages of their career as well as practitioners and policy makers on the following topics:

    • Gangs, organised crime and mafia
    • Modern slavery, forced exploitation and human trafficking
    • Criminal Logistics, Organisation, and Modus Operandi
    • Criminal mobility
    • Politics, corruption, and symbolic power
    • Organised crime, Prisons and technology
    • Organised crime and the European Financial Crisis
    • Freezing, forfeiture, and social reuse of criminal assets
    • Women and Children in criminal and terrorist networks
    • Public Perceptions of Organised Crime
    • International and European cooperation in the fight against organised crime
    • Organised crime, Social Media and the internet generation
    • Cybercrime, sextortion and the internet
    • Big Data, Crowdsourcing, Spatial-temporal, and Computational approaches
    • Environmental crime
    • Money laundering
    • Organised crime and artistic representations
    • Organised crime in fiction
    • Organised crime and Public health

Key Dates

  • Submission of papers and panel abstracts: 1 March 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance: 1 April 2019
  • Registration opens: 1 April 2019
  • Early birds end: 30 April 2019
  • Registration deadline: 1 June 2019

For more information about the Conference or the submission guidelines, please visit the Conference website.