FIDUCIA – New European Crimes and Trust-based Policy

Principal Investigator: Federico Varese


FIDUCIA is a research project that will shed light on a number of distinctively "new European" criminal behaviours that have emerged in the last decade as a consequence of technology developments and the increased mobility of populations across Europe. Proposing new approaches to the regulation of such behaviours, the central idea behind the project is that trust (in latin, "fiducia") is critically important for social regulation. While being highly relevant to responding to "conventional" forms of criminality, trust and legitimacy may be of special significance in the light of "new crimes".

Fiducia is a collaborative project coordinated by the University of Parma.

Sociology Oxford leads a case-study on trafficking in human beings, aimed at understanding the scope and the nature of human trafficking and reviewing the impact of relevant national and international policies. Our work explores the mechanisms underpinning criminal organisations involved in trafficking relying on a variety of different data sources. The structure of trafficking markets is assessed through a mixed methods approach that combines in-depth interviews with key observers with quantitative techniques as network analysis, content analysis and correspondence analysis.

Our work also aims to identify ways to alter the "normative climate" both within criminal organisations and societies at large by exploring issues of cooperation, exchange, trust and normative compliance to rules among criminals as well as individuals peripherally involved in the process.

For more details, please visit the FIDUCIA project's website.

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European Commission - FP7

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