UCL Department of Security and Crime Science


14th International Crime Science Conference 2023

1 March 2023

The theme of this year’s conference is "Organised crime: the present and the future”.

Crime Science Conference

This conference has now been sold out. 

This conference will showcase international research into this complex phenomena, advancing the current state of our understanding. We will look at current responses, as well as anticipate future crimes and their mitigation. The event will cover a broad range of crimes, geographies, technologies, disciplines and methods.   

The conference will bring together leading practitioners, policy-makers, technologists and academics.  

The event is co-sponsored by the Dawes Centre for Future Crime at UCL, and the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.  


The conference will take place on 19 June 2023 at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE, London. The day begins with a welcome address at 9.30am, and concludes at 5pm when the drinks reception begins. The reception closes at 7pm. 

The programme this year includes sessions on: 

  • Backfire effects and unintended consequences in organised crime interventions 
  • Organised crime, natural resources and natural disasters  
  • Moral panics, misinformation, and misunderstandings 
  • Government responses to organised crime 
  • Policing organised crime 
  • Organised crime groups internationally: activities and counter-measures 
  • New and emerging technologies and organised crime 
  • Human trafficking and ‘modern slavery’ 
  • Gangs, groups and drugs  
  • Fraud and financial crime  


Our speakers represent expertise from around the world including the UK, USA, South Africa, Mexico, Italy and Hong Kong.  They come from leading organisations and universities including: 

  • Transcrime  
  • Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime  
  • St Giles Trust  
  • National Police Chiefs Council  
  • Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico 
  • University of Hong Kong  
  • Cardiff University 
  • University of California, Berkley  
  • University of Bath 
  • University of Liverpool
  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa 
  • University of Waikato, New Zealand  
  • Staffordshire University  
  • University of Hertfordshire  
  • University of Milan
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan)
  • Prairie View A&M University, Texas 

See our full programme

Meet our speakers