Abstract Submission


The Organising Committee will consider any submission that addresses the topic, broadly defined: ‘the development implications of illicit economies’. Submissions are encouraged from across disciplines and sectors, including academia, government, NGOs, practitioners and policymakers. This may incorporate, for example, academic papers, project/programmatic reports, position papers, policy reviews, posters and/or working/exploratory papers. Please note, though, the main themes of the Colloquium below:

  • Working towards Sustainable Development Goal 16: the challenge of illicit economies to human rights, peace, security and justice
  • Illicit economies from a historical perspective: learning contemporary lessons
  • Understanding the gendered dimensions of illicit economies
  • Illicit interactions with the state: corruption, protection rackets and the dynamics of violence
  • (Post)conflict contexts and illicit economies
  • Surviving at the margins: guerrilla livelihoods, counterfeit medicines and the black market
  • The ‘Migrant Crisis’ and illicit economies: human smuggling and methods of survival
  • Policy responses to drug production and trafficking in the Global South
  • Alternative development in rural and urban settings: challenges in exiting the illicit economy
  • Studying illicit economies: data, methodologies and indicators
  • Money laundering and illicit money flows

The Organising Committee will review all submissions. Accepted papers will be placed on a relevant panel. Authors will be expected to make their paper available for circulation and give a short 10-15min presentation of the main findings (preferably with PowerPoint slides) during the Colloquium. Across panels, the Organising Committee will assign a discussant for each paper, ideally from a different sector to that of the presenter. The discussant will provide comments following presentation of the paper, with the aim of stimulating cross-sectoral discussions and learning. Accepted poster submissions will be displayed in the venue, with dedicated sessions included in the agenda.

Deadline for Submission: 23rd March 2018
The word limit for abstracts is 250 words. Participants may submit more than one abstract, if they wish.

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