Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Dr. Ümit Namli (Criminal Justice), Durham University, UK

Behavioral Changes Among the Organized Crime Groups and Illegal Drug Price Fluctuations Before and After COVID 19

COVID-19 pandemic has a profound effect on social and economic life throughout the world. While almost 30 million people were infected by the disease, over one million people lost their lives. Governments took intensive precautions by closing down education institutions, restaurants, and enterprises where the population intensively gathered. Borders have been closed, flights have been canceled, travel restrictions were strictly implemented, and even curfews were declared to prevent the spread of the disease. Millions of people stayed at home for months because of lockdowns. In the meantime, because of the precautions, criminal organizations also lost their mobility. However, we are not sure how much those precautions affected crime, criminal behavior, and criminal organizations, or did it really affect?

During the program, I will talk about the recent situations and new trends in the organized crime groups, and share results of my latest study carried out among a small group of illicit drug users.


Umit Namli received his M.A. degree from the University of Baltimore Criminology Department and the PhD degree from Durham University Government and International Affairs. During his academic studies, he focused on transnational organized crime, money laundering, and financial crimes. He is currently PSI Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow at the University of Tubingen, Criminology Institute.