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About the programme

Welcome to the joint Transnational Organised Crime programme, a research and learning network established in 2018 by the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) the University of Vienna (Austria) and the University of Zurich (Switzerland). In 2022, the University of Cologne (Germany) and the University of Ferrara (Italy) joined the programme.

Bringing together a global network of emerging and established scholars to work collaboratively within a structured research and learning framework, this programme aims to produce high-quality research outcomes on topics relating to transnational organised crime.

Led by a team of distinguished academic staff, including professors, mid-level and junior academics, the programme offers undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to engage in research-based learning for academic credit. The programme is designed to provide a rigorous training experience, equipping students with presentation skills, research techniques, academic writing, and publication capabilities.

Specifically, the objectives of the joint Transnational Organised Crime programme are to:

  • Foster international research and learning cooperation and build strategic partnerships;

  • Produce research outcomes (including presentations, books, articles, and websites) on topics of contemporary significance relating to transnational organised crime in the fields of criminal law, criminology, criminal procedure, international criminal law, and associated fields;

  • Train undergraduate and postgraduate students in presentation skills, research techniques, academic writing and publication in their field of study;

  • Build linkages between undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students and academic staff, both locally and internationally, and create a continuing network of emerging and established scholars;

  • Develop a recognised research capacity and an environment suitable for competitive grant applications and industry linkages;

  • Promote higher research degrees; and

  • Enhance the undergraduate and postgraduate student learning experience.