Understanding biker crime: Perspectives from the Netherlands and Australia

A Talk by Dr Christopher Dowling, Sjoukje van Deuren and Miss Isabella Voce
Australian Institute of Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Australian Institute of Criminology

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About this talk

This panel brings together researchers from Australia and the Netherlands to discuss their research on outlaw biker crime. Various topics will be addressed, such as the background and criminal careers of Dutch OMCG members, the criminal histories of Australian OMCG members during adolescence and early adulthood, and changes to the internal culture of Australian OMCG based on 39 interviews with former OMCG members in Queensland.

Dr Christopher Dowling

PhD Criminology and Criminal Justice

Sjoukje van Deuren

Sjoukje van Deuren is a PhD candidate in criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research interests include outlaw biker clubs, organized crime, and domestic violence.

Miss Isabella Voce

I am a Senior Research Analyst for the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Serious and Organised Crime Research Laboratory (SOCR-Lab). My current research focusses include the analysis and disruption of traditional illicit drug markets and darknet crypto-markets, and understanding the recruitment and criminal careers of outlaw motorcycle gang members. I have also published in the areas of policing domestic violence, intimate partner homicide, and evaluations of juvenile justice programs.


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