Organised crime and contemporary slavery

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About this project

This research will examine the links between organised crime and contemporary slavery; it is well known that the trafficking of people, drugs and other commodities are linked to organised criminal activity.  This studentship will examine the largely unexplored area of the perpetrators of organised crime, it may consider the representations of such offenders and criminal gangs, the policies and strategies employed to disrupt the activities of organised criminal gangs and the threat that such groups pose to the security and well-being of nation states.  It will take account of the political, public, and media environment in which such criminal activities take place.  This work directly links to the range of research active in WISE and in the Centre for Criminology & Criminal Justice but extends the range and scope through an examination of organised criminal groups and responses to them.  We welcome proposals directly relating to these themes.


Lead supervisor:  Dr Mick Wilkinson

Next steps


Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,121 in 2016/17) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements

In order to demonstrate suitability to be awarded this scholarship, we encourage applicants to submit with their application a PhD research proposal. This proposal, which will play a key role in the selection process, should consist of 2,000-3,000 words and include the following: (i) a statement of your research objectives and/or core research questions; (ii) your approach, in broad terms, to answering your questions; (iii) why you think your research will be significant; (iv) how your research will advance, develop or challenge existing literature and (v) a brief summary of the knowledge, skills and qualities you have that makes you especially qualified to conduct this research.  We normally require prospective candidates to have a Masters level qualification.


Find out more about WISE and our research in Criminology.

How to apply

Application deadline: 13 March 2017

Research options:

PhD: 4 years (full-time)

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.