The Standing Group on Organised Crime (SGOC) is one of the standing groups of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR). It was set up after a successful ECPR workshop entitled Organised Crime and the Challenge to Democracy at the Joint Sessions in Grenoble, France, in 2001. This workshop, which was attended by 10 academics from across Europe and whose discussions were later published in the edited volume of the same name (by F. Allum and R. Siebert, London: Routledge, 2003). Approaching our 20th anniversary, we have successfully organised conferences, workshops, launched a journal, and disseminated the research of scholars who work on organised crime in different disciplines and looking at it from a political, social, economic, cultural, historical, and anthropological point of view. You can visit different pages of this website to have more information about the SGOC and its different activities over the years.

PLEASE NOTE We are very keen to hear from you if you work on organsied crime and want to share your work with other academics and the general public. We cooperate with RUSI to produce a blog, The Informer, addressing issues on organised crime. If you are interested in writing something,  please pitch your idea to us by sending us an email to sgocinfo@gmail.comWe will be delighted to work with you on your article and disseminate your research to reach the widest possible audience.

SGOC Presentation

The ECPR SGCO 3rd General Conference took place in Sofia in July 2019.

Please join us as a member of SG on Organised Crime and have benefits of reaching out leading academics and practitioners in the field. Please don’t forget to renew your SG membership if you are already a member.

4th ECPR SGOC General Conference on Organised Crime

4 – 6 July 2022, Pisa and Online

Crossing territorial and disciplinary (b)orders: empirical, analytical and policy perspectives on organised crime

In collaboration with the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, the Scuola Normale Superiore and the University of Pisa. our Standing Group on Organised Crime (SGOC) invites you to its hybrid 4th General Conference, taking place from 4 – 6 July 2022.

The Conference follows on from previous editions held in Naples (2015), Bath (2017), and Sofia (2019). In light of the logistical, security and budgetary challenges resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, the next edition will be held as a hybrid event – partly in-person in Pisa, and partly online.

With a view to stimulating both scholarly debate and policy developments, the Conference offers a unique platform to collectively dissect, diagnose and discuss the characteristics, resources, strategies and modus operandi adopted by traditional and emerging criminal organisations operating both at the local and global levels, as well as the evolution of the responses at multiple levels and by different actors (international organisations, law enforcement, communities, social movements, etc.).

The call for Panel and Paper proposals opens mid-December 2021. The submission deadline is 28 February 2022.


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Online Roundtable Series on Organised Crime and Corruption

Online Roundtable Series on Organised Crime and Corruption

Please click the link to access the webpage of this event.

Observing Scenes of OC and Corruption Collusion: Roundtable Series in Organised Crime and Corruption

Analysing Organised Crime-Corruption Nexus – Roundtable Series in Organised Crime and Corruption

Call for volunteers!

OC24 Conference

Following on from the success of the 24-hour conference on global organized crime in 2020, this year’s OC24 conference continues to virtually bring together scholars and practitioners and we are looking for volunteers for this purpose who will be available on 1 December 2021! If you are available, please email The link for registration to the OC24 conference will be published soon.

Online Workshop on 28-29 January 2021

Qualitative Methods in the Study of Organized Crime: Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities

An online workshop organised by the University of Milan on ‘Qualitative Methods in the Study of Organized Crime:Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities’ to take place on 28-29 January 2021. The first session will be held in English and the second session will be held in Italian. Please find the attachment by clicking the workshop link below for more information and how to attend it.



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Call For Papers – Linkages in the North and Central American Drug Trades
We are inviting proposals from social scientists and scholars in the humanities working on illicit drug production, trafficking, and consumption in Central America, the Caribbean, and North America—Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
JIED calls for two types of contributions: Research articles and Policy commentaries.
To keep this email short, please find all information below:
– Deadline for abstracts December 4th
– Contributions accepted in English and Spanish:

Look out for our next general ECPR SGOC conference in 2021, we will advertise in advance. See you then!

Coming soon one year late but we are getting there….
ECPR SGOC 4th General Conference coming in 2022!
Keep your eyes open!