Researching food crime in Europe
Despite food crimes being a longstanding phenomenon, they have traditionally not been strongly recognised as a major global policy issue. Nor have these crimes been comprehensively conceptualised by the scientific community. In recent years, however, food crimes, such as food frauds and the adulteration and mislabelling of food, or the counterfeiting of foodstuffs, have emerged as primary issues of social policy both nationally and regionally.
The European Food Crime Research Group was established in 2016. Its founding members are as follows:
- Jon Spencer – Reader in Criminal Justice, Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, The University of Manchester, UK
- Dr Nicholas Lord – Reader in Criminology, Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, The University of Manchester, UK
- Professor Wim Huisman – Professor of Criminology, School of Criminology, VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- Professor Letizia Paoli – Professor of Criminology, Leuven Institute for Criminology, KU Leuven, Belgium
- Loes Kersten – PhD Candidate in Criminology, Leuven Institute for Criminology KU Leuven, Belgium)