Short CV/Education and training

  • 1991 – 1992
    Researcher, European University Institute, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Florence

  • 1994 – 1996
    Researcher, European University Institute, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Florence

  • 1992 – 1995
    Consultant, Italian Ministry of the Interior, Direzione Investigativa Antimafia, Rome

  • 1996 – 1997
    Researcher, University of Tübingen Institute of Criminology & University of Gießen Institute of Sociology

  • 1998 – 2006
    Senior research fellow, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg

  • 1998 – 2006
    Research professor (Forschungsgruppenleiterin), Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg

  • Since 2006
    Full professor (gewoon hoogleraar), KU Leuven Faculty of Law

Selected publications

  • Greenfield, Victoria A. and Letizia Paoli. 2017. Assessing the Harms of Crime: The Development, Application, and Implications of a New Tool for Crime-Control Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

  • Paoli, L. ed. 2014. Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime. OUP.

  • Paoli, L. and A. Donati. 2014. The Sport Doping Market: Understanding Supply and Demand, and the Challenges of Their Control. Springer.

  • Greenfield, V.A. and L. Paoli. 2013. ‘A Framework to Assess the Harms of Crime’. British Journal of Criminology 53(5): 864-885.

  • Paoli, L., V.A. Greenfield and P. Reuter. 2009. The World Heroin Market: Can the Supply Be Cut? OUP.

  • Paoli, L., Greenfield, V.A., Charles, M., Reuter, P., 2009. ‘India: The Third Largest Illicit Opium Producer?’ Addiction: 104(3): 347-354.

  • Fijnaut, C. and L. Paoli, eds. 2004. Organised Crime in Europe: Concepts, Patterns and Policies in the European Union and Beyond. Dordrecht: Springer.

  • Paoli, L. 2003. Mafia Brotherhoods: Organized Crime, Italian Style. OUP.

  • Paoli, L. 2002. ‘The Paradoxes of Organized Crime.’ Crime, Law and Social Change 37(1): 51-97.

  • Paoli, L. 2001. Illegal Drug Trade in Russia. A Research Project Commissioned by the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention. Freiburg: Edition iuscrim.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Co-principal investigator, ‘The Displacement of Illicit Drug Markets from the Netherlands to Belgium: Perception or Reality? (DISMARK)’, Belspo, Federal Science Policy of Belgium, 2016 – 2018

  • Principal investigator, ‘From Farm to Fork: Harm prevention and regulatory policy in the meat supply chain’, FWO, Research Foundation Flanders, 2015 – 2018

  • Co-principal investigator, ‘Measuring Cost and Impact of Cybercrime in Belgium’, Belspo, Federal Science Policy of Belgium, 2014 – 2018

  • Principal investigator, ‘Public Perceptions of Crime Seriousness: To What Extent Are They Driven by Media Consumption?’, FWO, Research Foundation Flanders, 2012 – 2016

  • Co-principal investigator, coordinator of the Leuven team, ‘Cannabis Production in Belgium: Assessment of the Nature and Harms, Implications for Priority Setting’, Belspo, Federal Science Policy of Belgium, 2012 – 2013

  • Investigator, leader of two work packages, ‘New Methodological Tools for Policy Analysis and Evaluation’, European Commission, 2011 – 2013

  • Principal investigator, ‘Black African Gangs in Brussels: Understanding the Seductiveness of Youth Gangs in a Late Modern Metropolis’, FWO, Research Foundation Flanders, 2011 – 2015

  • Principal investigator, ‘Doping and Its Supply: Exploring the Market and Assessing the Impact of Anti-Doping Policies in Belgian and French Cycling’, FWO, Research Foundation Flanders, 2011 – 2015

  • Co-principal investigator, ‘The Trafficking of Doping Products and the Challenges of Supply Reduction: An Examination of Italy’s Experience’, World Anti-Doping Agency, 2010 – 2012

  • Co-principal investigator, coordinator of the Leuven team, ‘Appraising the Dangerousness of Organised Crime’, Belspo, Federal Science Policy of Belgium, 2008 – 2011

  • Co-principal investigator, ‘Cannabis Non-Prosecution Policies in Germany’, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2003 – 2007

  • Co-principal investigator, ‘Modeling the World Heroin Market: Assessing the Consequences of Changes in Afghanistan Production’, European Commission, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, The Netherlands Ministry of Justice and Smith Richardson Foundation, 2001 – 2006

  • Co-principal investigator, ‘Drogenkonsum und Strafverfolgungspraxis: Die Einstellung von Drogenkonsumentendelikten in den deutschen Bundesländern’ (‘Drug Consumption and Criminal Prosecution in Germany’), German Bundesministerium für Gesundheit und Soziale Sicherung, 2002 – 2005

  • Co-principal investigator, ‘Organised Crime in Europe: Conception, Patterns and Policies in the European Union and Beyond’, Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung, 1999 – 2004

  • Principal investigator, ‘Illegal Drug Trade in Russia’, United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Vienna, 1999 – 2001

  • Principal investigator, ‘Pilot Project to Describe and Analyse Local Drug Markets — Illegal Drug Markets in Frankfurt and Milan’, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Lisbon, 1999 – 2000

  • Co-principal investigator, ‘Joint Program to Combat Organised Crime’ — ‘Il crimine organizzato come fenomeno transnazionale: manifestazioni empiriche, prevenzione e repressione in Italia, Germania e Spagna’, European Commission’s Falcone Programme, 1998 – 2000

  • Principal investigator, ‘The Double Construction of Crime. Patterns of Definition and of Organization of Crime in Two European Cities’, European Commission’s ‘Training and Mobility of Researchers’ Marie-Curie Programme, 1998 – 2000

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member, Executive Board of the European Society of Criminology (elected), 2015 – present

  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board of Europol’s Serious and Organized Crime Threat Assessment, 2015 – present

  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board of the UN World Drug Report, 2015 – present

  • Visiting scholar, Cambridge University Institute of Criminology, 2015

  • Member, Scientific Committee, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Lisbon, 2014 – present

  • Member, ad-hoc Group of Experts on Doping in Recreational Sport, European Commission, Brussels, 2012 – 2013

  • Chairperson, Evaluierungskommission Freiburger Sportmedizin, University of Freiburg, 2009 – 2016

  • Member, Jury of Stockholm Prize in Criminology, 2012 – present

  • Vice-President, International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (elected), 2011 – 2015

  • Visiting professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam Faculty of Law, 2010 – 2011

  • Visiting professor, University of Paris II, Panthéon-Assas, 2000

  • Consultant, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, Rome 1998

  • Consultant, United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention, Vienna 1997

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Proud mother of three children, Maddalena (°2002), Isabella (°2005) and Leo (°2008).


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