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Prof. Dr. Letizia Paoli

Professor of Criminology

Faculty of Law

University of Leuven

Letizia Paoli is a full professor of criminology at the University of Leuven Faculty of Law and a life member at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. In 2016 she was awarded the Thorsten Sellin & Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck Award by the American Society of Criminology for her “contributions to international criminology” and the Distinguished Scholar Award of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime. She received her PhD in social and political sciences from the European University Institute, Florence.

Since the early 1990s Paoli has published extensively on organized crime, illegal and semi-legal markets and related control policies, ranging from Southern Italian mafia organizations to the markets for illegal drugs, doping products and pharmaceuticals. With Dr. Victoria Greenfield (George Mason University), she has developed a new tool to systematically assess the harms of criminal activities, the Harm Assessment Framework. With several co-authors, she has launched a program for testing this methodology on drug production, drug trafficking, and human trafficking and "food" crime and to compare "objective" harm assessments  with public crime seriousness perceptions. By adapting the Harm Assessment Framework, Paoli and co-authors have recently also assessed the impact of cybercrime on businesses based in Belgium.



Conference Proceedings

  • Ping, C., Visschers, J., Verstraete, C., Paoli, L., Huygens, C., Desmet, L., & Joosen, W. (2017). The relationship between the cost of cybercrime and web security posture: A case study on Belgian companies. ECSA ’17, Canterbury, United Kingdom: DOI: 10.1145/3129790.3129803


Manuals/ Reports

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