The Economic Geographies of Organized Crime

Tim Hall

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Illicit and illegal markets play a substantial role in the global economy, yet have received little attention from economic geographers. This incisive, innovative book examines the spatial dimensions of hidden economic practices and asks how organized crime can be understood empirically and conceptually through a geographical lens. Going beyond stereotypes about gangsters, the book explores the role of spatially distant corporate, state, and criminal actors in such activities as trafficking and smuggling of drugs, people, and goods; counterfeiting; cybercrime; corruption; money laundering; financing of terrorist groups; and environmental crime. It suggests ways that a geographical analysis can contribute to improving policies and practices to curb organized crime at the regional, national, and global levels.

“This text opens up a needed (and so far largely absent) conversation between the economic geography field and the study of organized crime and illicit economic practices. It summarizes key problems in spatial approaches to conceptualizing these topics and suggests a rich schematic of areas for future research. The application of network ontologies to the study of organized crime has the potential to critically contribute both to scholarly understanding of organized criminal economies and to the economic geography literature more broadly. I recommend this book and look forward to using it in the classroom.”

—Geoffrey Boyce, PhD, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona

“This long-awaited book rightly identifies a gap in the research and fills it skillfully. Hall's explanations of spatial patterns in a broader economic context cover the causes, growth, and movement of organized crime globally. Setting organized crime onto this broader economic context adds to the ability to understand contemporary patterns and foresee future moves, allowing for the development of more effective policy responses. Hall's insights make substantial contributions to the field.”

—Claudia Hofmann, PhD, Director, Executive Master of International Service program, American University

“Hall offers a timely, trenchant, and comprehensive primer on the state of the scholarship on organized crime. With special attention to the multi-scaled and transnational character of criminal activity, Hall shows how central this issue is for understanding the global economy. This volume is destined to become a 'go-to' source for all students of illegal trade, from drug trafficking to counterfeiting. For economic geographers, the book is a provocation to engage more deeply with the vastly underexplored illicit side of globalization. For criminologists, it is a wake-up call to recognize how crime manifests in and across space—and why that matters to states, law enforcement, and the general public.”

—Kendra McSweeney, PhD, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University

“Hall offers a valuable account of why geographers should be engaging with organized crime, and, likewise, why scholars of organized crime should be looking at geographical aspects. He demonstrates the need to consider organized criminal activity as a process involving multiple actors and nodes. The book critically examines the key approaches to responding to organized crime, including prohibition, supply suppression, changing the political contexts where organized crime groups operate, and the development of regulatory frameworks at the global level.”

—Craig Martin, PhD, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Table of Contents

1. Geography and Organized Crime

2. Contemporary Organized Crime

3. Measuring and Researching Organized Crime

4. The Organization of Criminal Enterprises

5. The Spatialities of Organized Crime

6. Criminal Mobilities

7. Responding to Organized Crime

8. Toward Economic Geographies of Organized Crime

About the Author

Tim Hall, PhD, is Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Studies and Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies at the University of Winchester, United Kingdom. He is a human geographer who was originally interested in urban geography but who has, since 2006, developed research interests in economic geography and contemporary globalization, with a focus on the roles of organized criminal groups. He is author or editor of a number of articles, book chapters, and books on organized crime and globalization, urban geography, and pedagogy. Dr. Hall is the recipient of the Award for Promoting Excellence in Teaching and Learning from the Journal of Geography in Higher Education and the Excellence in Leading Geography Award from the Geographical Association, the latter for his article "Where the Money Is: The Geographies of Organized Crime."


Students, instructors, and researchers in geography, criminology, sociology, and economics.

Course Use

Will serve as a supplement or core book in advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses such as Geography of Crime, Geography of Drugs, Economic Geography, Political Geography, Human Geography, and Criminology.