Opportunities for Organised Crime in Seaports between Vulnerabilities and Informality

This project explores how seaports can act as facilitators for criminal networks around the world.
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The aim of this comparative project is to enhance policy understanding of how the complex relationships within seaports act as conduits or facilitators in how criminal networks operate in the territory of ports and their hinterland. The team will carry out research in two European ports (Liverpool and Genoa) and three extra-European ones (Montreal, New York and Melbourne), which are either targets of, or transit zones for, criminal activities and networks. With specific attention to the changing geopolitical conditions surrounding the port of Liverpool during and after Brexit, the project will look at what could be learned from international experiences both in terms of security and in terms of transnational risk assessments.

Principal Investigator: Dr Anna Sergi, University of Essex

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