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The Informer blog provides a platform for academics, policymakers and practitioners to discuss their work and research on organised crime.

It is a collaboration of the Standing Group on Organised Crime (SGOC), one of the standing groups of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). The editorial board includes representatives from the University of Bath, Oxford University, the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Sao Paolo, Sofia University and Flinders University.

8 November, 2017

Adam Svendsen

Late in 2013 the UK underwent a third major organisational overhaul to further re-invigorate its countering of serious and organised crime. Most far-ranging concerns boil down to the targeting of...
5 September, 2017

Joss Meakins

Nuclear terrorism is a severe and credible threat. In July, the Washington Post reported that Daesh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS) had almost ‘stumbled on the ingredients...
9 January, 2017

Clare Ellis and Adam Svendsen

Our partners at the ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime have announced that their 2nd General Conference will be held at the University of Bath from 7 to 8 July 2017: ‘Organised Crime Today –...
23 August, 2017

Sophie Henderson

As money laundering (ML) methods evolve to make use of new technologies, this workshop aimed to explore the potential impact of virtual currencies (VCs) on the future of money laundering techniques....
23 August, 2017

Sophie Henderson and Adam Edwards

As the government undertakes a review of its Serious and Organised Crime Strategy, SHOC organised a workshop to allow policymakers and practitioners to draw on research conducted by academics since...
22 August, 2017

Sophie Henderson

Transnational smuggling routes throughout Central Asia are not a new problem: the region has served for centuries as a vast transit hub for both legal and illicit trade to Europe and the Middle East...
22 August, 2017

Cathy Haenlein and Alexander Babuta

The US Congress Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the so-called ‘Helsinki Commission’ has worked in Washington since 1976 to monitor compliance with the 1975 Helsinki Final Act and...
4 July, 2017

Alexander Babuta

Bolivia has increased the national limit for legal coca cultivation from 12,000 to 22,000 hectares. But will increased cultivation fuel the illegal cocaine trade? In March, Bolivian President Evo...
9 December, 2016

Sasha Jesperson

Modern slavery is a serious and organised crime. Across many areas of criminality, organised crime groups (OCGs) are shifting away from large and risky shipments of illicit commodities like cocaine,...
28 October, 2016

Clare Ellis and Calum Jeffray

With growing evidence pointing to convergence in criminal activities, and the emergence of fluid criminal networks with transient membership, it is time to consider whether the UK’s approach to...