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Georgios' research interests include:

‘Organised crime’/ Illegal markets;
Human smuggling and trafficking;
Illicit tobacco trade;
Criminal finances;
Human enhancement drugs;
Corruption in sports;
Criminal policy.

Georgios would welcome applications from potential PhD candidates aiming to conduct research relating to his research interests.

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Personal profile


Prof. Georgios A. Antonopoulos is a criminologist working on organised crime and illegal markets. He has taught at the University of Durham and at Teesside University, and has delivered guest lectures at several European universities including Utrecht University, the University of Trento, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, and the University of Zagreb. Previously he was visiting fellow at Sheffield University and at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. A former local government officer, he has worked in partnerships providing strategic direction to community safety partners with the aim of coordinating criminal policy. He has led and managed projects funded by the European Commission, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the British Ministry of Justice.

Prof. Antonopoulos is member of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, board member of the Cross-Border Crime Colloquium, series editor of the Routledge Studies in Organised Crime, and editor-in-chief of the journal Trends in Organised Crime. From 2010 to 2014 he was Chair of the North-East branch of the British Society of Criminology, and in 2014-2015 he served as executive director of the International Association for the Study of Organised Crime (IASOC). He has acted as expert or consultant to: the strategic analysis sector (e.g. Enterprise & Diplomatie Groupe ADIT, France; Sandstone SA, Luxemburg; Intellegit, Italy; Oxford Analytica, UK), RAND, the Centre for the Study of Democracy (Bulgaria), Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the British Police, the UK Cabinet Office, the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice, the US Department of Commerce, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Since 2019 he has been a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has commented extensively on illegal markets and organised crime in media outlets including BBC WorldThe GuardianThe Observer, Deutsche WelleNBC NewsAl JazeeraFrance24, Le Figaro, VICE, and The Economist

Further Information

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Member of the editorial board: 
    • Global Crime;
    • Crime Prevention and Community Safety;
    • Journal of Financial Crime;
    • Journal of Money Laundering Control;
    • International Journal of Cyber-Criminology;
    • International Criminology;
    • British Journal of Criminology
  • Senior external member, eCrime, University of Trento, Italy (2011-   )
  • Member, Academic Board of the International PhD in Criminology, Catholic University of Milan, Italy (2014-   )
  • Member, UK Research & Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (UKRI FLF) Peer Review College (2018-     )
  • Member of the management board, ESRC Northern Ireland & North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINE DTP) (2018-2022)
  • Member, UN Delta 8.7 (modern slavery) Policy Guides Working Group (2020-   )
  • Member, Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) Policy Fellowship Programme, University of Cambridge (2021-    )
  • Member, World Economic Forum Expert Network (SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions & Illicit Economy), Geneva (2021-   )

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD, Durham University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2006


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