Dr. paolo Campana

Paolo Campana is a University Lecturer in Criminology and Complex Networks at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. He is an Official Fellow of Darwin College Cambridge, an Associate Member of Nuffield College Oxford and of the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. Paolo’s work specialises in organised crime and criminal networks. He has worked extensively on the issues of trafficking and smuggling of human beings into Europe as well as the movement and emergence of Mafia-like organisations and their impact on local communities. His work has appeared in the British Journal of Criminology, Crime and Justice, Theoretical Criminology, European Journal of Criminology, Social Networks, Rationality and Society, European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, Policing, Trends in Organised Crime, Global Crime, and Methodological Innovations, and it has been translated into Chinese, French and Italian.

Recent publications include:
  • P. Campana and L. Gelsthorpe (2020), “Choosing a Smuggler: Decision-making Among Migrants Smuggled to Europe”, European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, in press. 
  • I. Gollini, A. Caimo and P. Campana (2020), “Modelling interactions among offenders: A latent space approach for interdependent ego-networks”. Social Networks, online first: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2020.07.001 
  • P. Campana and F. Varese (2020), “Studying organized crime networks: data sources boundaries and the limits of structural measures”. Social Networks, online first: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socnet.2020.03.002
  • P. Campana (2020), “Human Smuggling: Structure and Mechanisms”. Crime&Justice, online first: https://doi.org/10.1086/708663

Dr. Paolo Campana will be giving the plenary lecture titled ‘Making sense of the multifaceted nature of organised crime’.

Dr. Anna Di Ronco

Dr. Anna Di Ronco is a senior lecturer in Criminology at the Sociology Department of the University of Essex and Deputy Director for the Centre for Criminology. She has joined the Department of Sociology in September 2016, after working at the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law of Ghent University (Belgium), where she completed her PhD in Criminology. Before starting her PhD, she completed a five-years degree in law at the University of Trento (Italy).  Anna’s research focuses on crime prevention, urban and digital criminologies, and on social harm in non-science-based health practices. She has published her research extensively in all these areas in internationally peer-reviewed journals, including The European Journal of Criminology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Crime, Law & Social Change, Crime, Media & Culture, and The International Journal of Crime, Law and Justice.

Anna has co-authored one of the UK’s best selling criminology textbooks (Criminology: A Sociological Introduction, 4th ed.; published by Routledge in 2020) with a team of colleagues from the Centre for Criminology and has co-edited a book on medical misinformation and social harm in non-science based health practices (Routledge, 2019). 

Anna has given numerous presentations and papers at conferences in the UK and abroad, and has also been invited to give guest talks in many universities, including UNICAMP (Brazil), the University of Sassari (Italy), BGU (Israel), and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY, US). In 2019, she visited the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (VUB, Belgium) as a visiting research fellow.

‘The changing remit and reach of crime prevention and their implications for people’s rights’

This presentation will critically analyse two of the ways in which crime prevention has been altered in its remit and reach in many European countries, and will consider the implications of this for individual’s fundamental rights. Firstly, crime prevention has been extended to include non-criminal activities, such as incivilities (or anti-social behaviour, physical and social disorder), often on the ground that they are conducive to crime. Secondly, crime prevention has also been modified through the securitisation of some concepts, such as that of organised crime, and the subsumption of less serious conducts and crimes into the category of ‘organised crime’, to which the organised crime law enforcement apparatus has uncritically been applied. Both these processes have led to excessive responses against disorderly behaviour, on the one hand, and not-so-serious organised crime activities, on the other. The presentation will also consider whether (and in which way) the EU has the potential to influence national and local ways of doing crime prevention in Europe.

Dr. Baris cayli messina

Dr. Baris Cayli Messina is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Derby. He is the author of Violence and Militants (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019). He held positions as Visiting Professor at LUMSA University and the University of Palermo in Italy. 

Dr. Messina is a Fellow at RUSI and Senior Researcher in TSAS (Canadian Network for research on terrorism, security, and society) and steering committee member of Standing Group on Organised Crime. Dr. Messina is currently working on a new book project on the resistance of Sicilian people against the Mafia.

Recent publications include:
  • Baris Cayli. Violence and Militants: From Ottoman Rebellions to Jihadist Organizations. (Montreal, Kingston, Chicago, London: McGill-Queen’s University Press, September 2019).
  • Cayli, Baris. (2018) “Crime, Bandits, and Community: How Public Panic Shaped the Social Control of Territory in the Ottoman Empire”, Territory, Politics, Governance (First online)
  • Cayli, Baris., Hargreaves, C., and Hodgson, P. (2018) “Body-Worn Cameras: Determining the Democratic Habitus of Policing” Safer Communities 17(4): 213-223.
  • Cayli, Baris., Hodgson, P., and Walsh, D. (2018) “Social Unrest in the UK and Turkey: Rethinking Police Violence against Dissident Communities” Comparative Sociology 17(2): 159-186.

‘Organised Crime, Politics, and Human Rights:   The Responsibility of State in the Violation of Fundamental Rights’

Organised crime is not simply a network of criminal enterprise. Their power poses serious risks to human rights. State institutions may play a critical role to prevent the violation of fundamental rights of citizens. However, political-criminal nexus defies the constitution and targets the rights of citizens. In this masterclass, I will demonstrate why the responsibility of state is key to hinder the power of organised crime and protect the human rights of citizens through tragic stories of a child, a journalist, and a mayor of a Sicilian town who were all killed by the Mafia. Their assassination did not target only those victims but also conveyed the message the cooperation of the Mafia and politicians shadows the investigation of these assassinations, violates fundamental human rights, and destroys trust in state institutions. 

Dr. evan ellis

Dr. Evan Ellis is a research professor of Latin American Studies at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, with a focus on the region’s relationships with China and other non-Western Hemisphere actors, as well as transnational organized crime and populism in the region. 

Dr. Ellis previously served as on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff (S/P) with responsibility for Latin America and the Caribbean (WHA), as well as International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) issues.  

Dr. Ellis has also been awarded the Order of Military Merit José María Córdova by the Colombian government for his scholarship on security issues in the region.

Dr. Ellis has published over 270 works, including the 2009 book China in Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores, the 2013 book The Strategic Dimension of Chinese Engagement with Latin America, the 2014 book, China on the Ground in Latin America, and the 2018 book, Transnational Organized Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean.

‘Transnational Organized Crime in Latin America and the Caribbean and its evolution through Covid-19

In his academic capacity, Dr. Ellis presented his work in a broad range of business and government forums in 27 countries four continents.  He has given testimony on Latin America security issues to the US Congress on various occasions, has discussed his work regarding China and other external actors in Latin America on a broad range of radio and television programs, and is cited regularly in the print media in both the US and Latin America for his work in this area. 

maria genova

Maria Genova is an investigative journalist and a writer of several bestsellers. She gives a lot of lectures, mainly to warn about the big impact of cybercrime and to prevent new victims. She wrote two books about privacy and cybercrime: ’The lady and the hacker’ (Dutch title: ‘Komt een vrouw bij de h@cker’) and ‘What the h@ck!’.

For information about Maria Genova and her work you can visit her website: www.mariagenova.nl.

‘The crime of the Future: Why is cybercrime exploding?’

dr. felia allum

Dr. Felia Allum is Senior Lecturer in Italian and Politics in the Department of Politics, Languages, and International Studies at the University of Bath (UK). She is currently a Leverhulme Major Research Fellow (2018-2021) focusing on women in criminal organisations. 

She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and has been recognised for her innovative teaching methods. In July 2016, she was awarded the Innovation in Teaching and Learning Award by the University of Bath and in April 2019 she received the Jennie Lee Prize for Outstanding Teaching from the Political Studies Association (UK). 

Her research interests relate to West European Politics, organised crime, Italian mafias (the Neapolitan Camorra), gender and political corruption. 

She has published two monographs:  Camorristi, Politicians and Businessmen, The Transformation of Organized Crime in Post-War Naples (Northern Universities Press, 2006; in Italian, Il Crimine Organizato a Napoli, Napoli: L’Ancora, 2011) and The Invisible Camorra, Neapolitan Crime Families Across Europe (Itaca: Cornell University Press, 2016) which won the Outstanding Book Award 2017, given by the International Division, American Society of Criminology.

‘Gender and organised crime in the UK: some thoughts and reflections’

This interactive masterclass will present some new research and raise questions about gender and organised crime in general with a special focus on the situation in the UK. This a complex issue which is rarely tackled head on because crime and organised crime are traditionally perceived as predominantly male activities, with women in the background as silent accomplices or victims. Are women involved in OC? or are criminal organisations sexist and do they explicitly exclude women? Some of these questions will be discussed during the masterclass as well as empirical case studies.

paul radu

Paul Radu (@IDashboard) is a co-founder and co-executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project www.occrp.org a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard concept https://id.occrp.org/, of Visual investigative Scenarios visualization software vis.occrp.org and a co-founder of RISE Project www.riseproject.ro a platform for investigative reporters and hackers in Romania.

He has held a number of fellowships, including the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship in 2001, the Milena Jesenska Press Fellowship in 2002, the Rosalyn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in 2007, the 2008 Knight International Journalism fellowship with the International Center for Journalists as well as a 2009-2010 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellowship. He is the recipient of numerous awards including in 2004, the Knight International Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, in 2007, the Global Shining Light Award, the Tom Renner Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the 2011 the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and a 2015 European Press Prize. Paul is an Ashoka Global fellow and a board member with the Global Investigative Journalism Network gijn.org and other organizations.

As part of OCCRP Paul initiated and led the award-winning RussianAzerbaijani, and Troika Laundromat investigations, and coined the term “laundromat” to define large scale, all-purpose financial fraud vehicles that are used to launder billions of dollars.

‘The future of transnational organized crime and how they set up their cross border networks with references to strategies developed by criminal entrepreneurs to become successful global players’

Unfolding the Truth of Organised Crime: how many faces does organised crime have?

Dies Natalis Conference 2020 | November 26 | Online | 15:00


Annina Demirag
Einars Pomerancis
Dara Ayu Sihkristantini
Roos van der Togt
Suzane van der Veer

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