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Dear network researchers,

we are calling for presentation abstracts for the organized session about
criminal network at the *European Social Network (EUSN)* conference which
will take place on *7-10 September 2021* in Naples, Italy.

Details about our session:

*Criminal networks*

*Description: *

The importance of social networks for analysing and explaining criminal
behaviour has been widely recognized. A wide range of illegal activities,
such as drug trafficking, human smuggling, or terrorism requires
coordination among offenders to be successfully performed. It is not
surprising, therefore, that the network perspective on crime has recently
gained popularity, both among academics and law enforcement practitioners,
as it captures the essence of such activities. However, the study of
criminal networks is challenging. Data collection is difficult in
situations where subjects themselves aim not to be detected. Gathering
first-hand evidence on such phenomena is therefore extremely difficult, and
in some cases dangerous. Scholars have thus relied on police data, such as
arrests, or investigative evidence, such as electronic surveillance or
phone records, to build an empirical base for their analysis. A second
challenge is methodological, i.e. matching/developing the right statistical
models based on the specificities of criminal networks to adequately test
criminological theories, allowing to move beyond descriptive network

This session is dedicated to innovative research at the intersection of
network analysis and criminology. We welcome a wide range of submissions
focused on criminal networks, including methodological, theoretical, and
empirical studies. Topics may include:
• collection of criminal network data;
• testing theories of co-offending;
• victimizations and violence using network data;
• case studies of specific criminal groups;
• statistical modelling tailored to the complexities of criminal network

We invite not only applied and methodological researchers interested in
criminal network analysis, but also law enforcement professionals. This
session aims to bridge disciplines, to inspire discussion and collaboration.

*Organizers:*  Nynke Niezink (Carnegie Mellon University,
[log in to unmask]), Paolo Campana (Cambridge University,
[log in to unmask]), and Tomáš Diviák (University of Manchester,
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If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

More information about the conference and as well as the link for
submitting your abstracts can be found at the conference website: 
The deadline for abstract submission is *May 23rd 2021.* We will review the
abstracts and send you a notification of acceptance by June 13, 2021. The
conference will probably follow a hybrid in-person/online format with
details to be revealed soon.

Best wishes and looking forward to meeting you at the conference, be it in
person or virtually,

Tomáš Diviák

Presidential Fellow | Department of Criminology & Mitchell Centre for
Social Network Analysis
School of Social Sciences | Faculty of Humanities | University of Manchester
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