Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)

Complexity of Covert Networks: Criminality and Terrorism

29May2017 30May2017 17:01


The IAS hosts a think tank to shed new light on how to combat crime and terrorism using methods and concepts from complexity science.

What can we learn about possible intervention strategies, if we study criminal and terrorist networks as complex adaptive systems? In this two-day event, we bring together complexity researchers and researchers studying non-compliant behavior to explore how various modelling methods could be used to support the fight against crime and terrorism. The ultimate challenge is to develop a general simulation model for non-compliant, criminal and terrorist systems.

This Think Tank is part of our current research theme “Crime and Terrorism”.


  • Ana Isabel Barros, TNO
  • Wim Bernasco, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  
  • Jeroen Bruggeman, University of Amsterdam
  • Jonas Dalege, University of Amsterdam
  • Tom van Engers, University of Amsterdam
  • Allard Feddes, University of Amsterdam
  • Herbert Hamers, University of Tilburg
  • Peter Klerks, Public Prosecution Service 
  • Han van der Maas, University of Amsterdam
  • Miranda de Meijer, UvA & Public Prosecution Service
  • Erik Pruyt, TU Delft
  • Peter Sloot, University of Amsterdam
  • Mieke Struik, National Police
  • Bob van der Vecht, TNO
  • Bernd Veldman, Tax Authorities/Real Estate Expertise Center
  • Piet Veltman, Fiscal Information and Investigation Service
  • Thijs Vis, National Police
  • Don Weenink, University of Amsterdam

Scientific Lead 

Prof. dr. H.L.J. (Han) van der Maas  

Published by  UvA Institute for Advanced Study