The structure and operation of outlaw motorcycle gangs: Australian and Dutch perspectives

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OMCGs have been implicated in a range of organised criminal activities including narcotics manufacture and trafficking, prostitution, firearms trafficking, extortion and money laundering. In this session, four presentations will examine the structure and operation of OMCGs from Australian and Dutch perspectives. The first paper focuses on the micro-level processes of Australian outlaw motorcycle gangs that facilitate crimes of violence and profit. The second presentation examines Dutch OMCG co-offender group composition and its’ association with group and individual level criminal careers. The third paper uses social network analysis to examine co-offending among Australian OMCG clubs. The final paper of this session argues that qualitative research is sorely needed in the study of OMCG offending and draws on examples of offending by members of Australian OMCG clubs.

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Professor David Bright

Professor David Bright is a criminologist and forensic psychologist with the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

Mark Lauchs

Associate Professor, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice, Queensland University of Technology

Anthony Morgan

Manages the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Serious and Organised Crime Research Lab

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.


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