To what extent are current judicial and other instruments sufficient to effectively combat crime and terrorism in its diverse forms? At the IAS we aim to develop models that can help to assess the effect of current intervention strategies and - together with law enforcement agencies - explore potential new approaches.
There is little consensus on how to fight crime and terrorism most effectively. Yet the dynamics in criminal and terrorist networks show many characteristics of complex adaptive systems. Drawing on expertise from a range of disciplines, from criminology and law to sociology, computational science and artificial intelligence, we can begin to understand the patterns behind criminal and terrorist activity by disentangling the complexity of the ‘system’.
The goal of this research theme is to develop predictive agent-based and network models that will allow better recognition of early warning signals to better anticipate criminal and terrorist activities. With our models we aim to assess the effect of current intervention strategies and explore potential alternative forms of intervention.
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance