Call For Proposals

Call for Proposals now closed

The Illicit Networks Workshop will be holding its 12th annual meeting at the School of Law, University of Limerick, Ireland June 30th  – July 1st, 2022.


This Illicit Networks Workshop event is organised in partnership with the Équipe de Recherche sur la Délinquance en Réseau (ERDR) and kindly supported by the Irish Department of Justice


The Illicit Networks Workshop (INW) includes the leading scholars and analysts from across the world that share a research interest in the use of network analysis in furthering the understanding of the activities of individuals, groups and organisations engaged in organised crime, gangs, transnational crime, terrorism, economic crime, environmental crime and corruption issues. The INW is designed with the goal of maximizing meaningful and on-going knowledge exchange among researchers, policy makers and those involved in policy, programme and practical engagement with illicit networks. While some members draw heavily on quantitative social network analysis, others utilise other methods (e.g., ethnography) for studying illicit networks. The focus is less on the relative merits of approach and more on the rigour of the science and value of the insights to theory building and practical policy solutions.

The 12th Annual Illicit Networks Workshop has been rescheduled from 2020 to facilitate an in-person event. In acknowledgment of this time of uncertainty, facilities are being put in place to hold a hybrid stream that will accommodate AEDT time zone.

Three keynote speakers have been confirmed

Dr David C. Pyrooz (University of Colorado Boulder, US)

Prof. Edward Kleemans (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Prof Maura Conway (Dublin City University, Ireland)


Call for proposals

Three types of proposals are welcome

  • Stream 1: Publication ready research

 Presenters will be required to submit a full paper by the 15th of June 2022 for consideration for publication in a special issue (more details to follow). Presenters will have 15 minutes to present completed research followed by 5 minutes questions and answers

  • Stream 2: In-progress research

Presenters will have 10 minutes to present early-stage research followed by 10 minutes feedback from delegates

  • Stream 3: Practical problem workshop

Presenters will have 10 minutes to present real-life research problems encountered by delegates working with or examining illicit networks that will be workshopped by delegates in focussed small group-work sessions for 30 minutes to identify possible solutions.

Policy makers and law enforcement are encouraged to submit research ‘problems/challenges’ under this section.

We extend an invitation to those working to better understand and/or deal with illicit networks from academia, policy makers or law enforcement to submit a proposal to by 31st of January 2022 under the following themes:

Illicit Networks associated with

  • Organised crime
  • Gangs
  • Transnational crime (including trafficking)
  • Terrorism (including radicalisation)
  • Economic crime
  • Corruption
  • Cybercrime
  • Child exploitation
  • Environment crime
  • Other (Please specify)

Proposals should include

  • Title
  • Type of paper
  • Theme(s) (from list above) that is relevant to your problem area.
  • Name of lead presenter and co-authors
  • Role
  • Institute/ Organisation
  • If lead author is an Early career researcher (5 years or less post PhD)

Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words

Successful applicants will be notified by 28th February 2022

Confirmation of attendance by 30th of March 2022

A maximum of 30 proposals will be accepted, once attendance has been confirmed the lead presenter will be automatically registered for the event.


Cost of registration fee (including all event catering), social events and 2 nights accommodation will be covered by the organising committee for the lead presenter on all accepted paper proposals. Co-authors are welcome to attend as delegates  

Award for early career researcher

An award as voted by delegates on the basis of presentations at INW2022 will be given for the Best Early Career Researcher

Important Workshop dates:

– Abstract submission due: Monday 31st of January 2022

– Notification to authors: Monday 28th February 2022

– Confirmation of attendance: Wednesday 30th March 2022

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