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MDX lecturer helping police across Europe fight organised crime and terrorism
Vincenzo Ruggiero spearheaded a major research European project after spate of terrorist atrocities.
A Middlesex University lecturer is helping law enforcement officers across Europe fight back against organised criminals and terrorists after he spent three years investigating and writing about how these crime networks operate.
Vincenzo Ruggiero, a Professor of Sociology, was instrumental in the ‘Takedown’ project that was funded with a €3.5 million grant from the European Commission amid fears that organised crime and terrorism were becoming a ‘major threat’ to the continent.
Takedown’s group of academics and researchers from 13 different countries including Prof Ruggiero have produced more than 70 publications in several languages and eight-related books that can help law enforcement officials understand the recruitment, structure, and methods used by organised criminals and terror groups.
'I don’t believe the Mafia is like IS. I believe they have totally different structures, ideologies and skill sets,' Vincenzo Ruggiero, a Professor of Sociology.
The project was launched in 2016 following a spate of terrorist atrocities in places such as Nice, Paris, Brussels and London with a part aim of probing the similarities between radical terrorist groups and organised crime gangs.
Prof Ruggiero said: ‘The debate has gone on for decades about organised crime, transnational crime and how globalisation is bringing new types of crimes.
‘Every country is trying to develop a strategy to tackle these crimes and understand how it works.
‘When terrorist activities started to become more intense, the attention shifted towards terror.
‘Then there was realisation that organised crime and terrorism are two structures, two types of organisations but they may share something in common and that’s when the debate started: Will the strategies we have to tackle organised crime work against terrorism?’
Significantly, Prof Ruggiero concluded that it is a mistake to treat organised crime and terrorism in the same way which could influences the tactics used by police forces across Europe.
‘My position is that you cannot call organised crime everything you don’t like,’ added Prof Ruggiero.
‘Also, I do not believe in a global conspiracy involving all those who pursue evil. I would make a very clear distinction, empirically and theoretically, between organised crime and terrorism.
‘The most successful forms of the former, for example, tend to reduce the use of violence to a minimum, while the most successful forms of the latter tend to maximise it. Moreover, successful forms of organised crime rely on complicity in the higher echelons of societies, while terrorism purports to represent the lower strata of the societies they refer to.’
‘In brief, I don’t believe the Mafia is like IS.
‘I believe they have totally different structures, ideologies and skill sets.’
The Takedown project, which resulted in 74 publications in several languages, including a dedicated volume edited by Prof Ruggiero was funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
In 2017, Prof Ruggiero also wrote another acclaimed book about organised crime called ‘Dirty Money: On Financial Delinquency’, which received the Outstanding Book Award granted by the American Society of Criminology in 2019.
The MDX academic has now been asked to speak about the Takedown research in April at the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Kyoto, Japan.
A US government research laboratory wrote to Prof Ruggiero to praise his work, while Valencia Police said Takedown’s findings were influencing how they try to prevent the radicalisation of local citizens.
Jose L. Diego, a project and innovation manager of Valencia Police which organised the final Takedown conference, said: ‘Takedown has enhanced our internal awareness about how important and exploitable is the information we are gathering from communities on a daily basis, so detection of radicalisation has become a relevant task within fight and prevention of organised crime and terror networks.’
MDX helping teenage refugees by hosting inspirational youth club
Teenage refugees who arrived alone in the UK from war torn regions have been getting inspiration through a youth club at Middlesex University.
Kind-hearted Spanish language lecturer Maria Jimenez helped Barnet Refugee Service transfer the venue for its weekly youth club to the main MDX campus in Hendon in March last year.
Every week teenage refugees, from countries such as Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and Libya, can enjoy a range of activities and social interaction at the university as they adjust to life in Britain.
The teenagers have enjoyed a diverse range of activities including music lessons, photography classes, personal training, Capoeira, dances of the world, football sessions, tae-kwon-do, cooking, movie nights, Spanish and English lessons, game nights, tennis, IT in the computer labs and short-movie production.
‘We create a community for them where they are safe and where they are with others kids in the same situation, it’s like a free space, a place for them to forget,' Middlesex lecturer Maria Jimenez.
Explaining why she set up the club, Maria added: ‘I just wanted to help the community.
‘I’m interested and wanted to help refugees because I am migrant myself, from Spain.
‘But I was privileged because I come from a country where there are many, many possibilities in terms of education so I wanted to help others who are less privileged.’
Maria is currently on a sabbatical back in Spain undertaking her PHD but now two MDX students via the Middlesex University Student Union have been supporting the club in 12-week paid placements.
According to Maria, the club is ‘growing’ in popularity and more than 20 teenagers recently attended a weekly club compared to around seven youngsters when they first started.
The youngsters are typically aged between 14 to 17 and live in Barnet and they all arrived in the country on their own after escaping war zones or hardship in their homeland, according to Maria.
‘We create a community for them where they are safe and where they are with others kids in the same situation,’ she said.
‘It’s like a free space, a place for them to forget if they can about their situation.
‘Most of them are unaccompanied minors and many of them don’t speak English so there are quite a lot of communication issues and most of them arrived recently.
‘Once they become independent they can move on with their lives.
‘So (our club) is their first contact with the UK community, society in a sense.’
Barnet Refugee Service, a not-for-profit organisation based in Edgware, helps more than 1,2000 refugees every year.
Elias Matar, a youth wellbeing coordinator at Barnet Refugee Service, said: 'The campus also allows us to use its sports fields, such as basketball, ping pong, football and billiards.
'Support is provided by our wonderful placement students at Middlesex University.
'The youth club is also open for collaboration with external organisations, projects and individuals to contribute.
'Alongside providing us with the use of their campus facilities, Middlesex University allocate us two student placements each semester as part of their Community Engagement Student Union’s Placement Scheme.
'The scheme is designed to boost student employability and increase collaboration within Barnet and beyond.
' Last year, two of our placement students won the community engagement award for their work with us.
'Beyond this we see Middlesex university‘s offer is showing the young refugees and asylum seekers that they are welcome in this setting and they can walk around students and be young people in a modern and multi-purpose campus.’
Maria would like to thank a number of Middlesex staff who have helped out including MSc student Guina Aoun who hosted fitness classes, the Vice-Chancellor and management team for their support, community placements coordinator Sally Bernard, technical photography tutor William Gillingham-Sutton, student Mariana Amaroo, deputy sports operations manager Jordan Andrews, senior music production technician Michael McGlone and Marta Sobotka for their continued help with sessions.