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Research line 2: Serious and Organised Crime


Coordinator research line 2

Letizia Paoli Letizia Paoli
Tel: (+32) (0) 16/32.52.74
Fax: (+32) (0) 16/32.54.63
Webpage: Letizia Paoli

Herbert Hooverplein 10 - mailbox 3418
Office 00.82 - 3000 Leuven


The research line “Serious and Organised Crime” is intended:

  • To study different forms of crime regarded as serious or organised, their patterns, actors, harms and perceived seriousness
  • To assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of the policies implemented to control these forms of crime and
  • To produce high-quality and policy-relevant research on the above-mentioned topics.

The ultimate aim of many research line projects is to provide evidence to policy-makers and the public so as to contribute to the development of more humane, accountable and (cost-)effective crime control policies.

In addition to several projects on organised crime patterns and illegal markets dynamics, the research line has recently launched studies on several new topics, such as the harms, perceived seriousness and media representation of crime, gangs and the supply of doping products.

Research topics and projects research line 2

Research Topics

Recent research projects are organized around three, partially overlapping, clusters of topics:

Research Projects

Serious and Organised Crime Patterns and Harms and Related Control Policies

The Harms and the Perceived Seriousness of Crimes

Illegal Drugs, Doping Products and Related Control Policies