The Global Initiative Network


Georgios Antonopoulos

Professor, Teesside University

Professor Georgios A. Antonopoulos has conducted research for the local authorities in Britain, the British Police, the British Ministry of Justice and the European Commission. He has published widely in the areas of organised crime and illegal markets as well as ethnicity, crime and justice, and in a range of international peer-reviewed journals including the European Journal of Criminology, the British Journal of Criminology, Crime, Law & Social Change, Trends in Organised Crime, the European Journal on Criminal Policy & Research, the Journal of Consumer Culture, and the International Criminal Justice Review.

He is an associate of the Cross-Border Crime Colloquium, editor-in-chief of the journal Trends in Organised Crime, and member of the editorial boards of the journals Global Crime, International Journal of Cyber-Criminology, Journal of Financial Crime, Journal of Money Laundering Control, Journal of Applied Security Research, Revista Criminalidad, and the British Journal of Criminology. He has acted as consultant to HM Revenue and Customs, the Cabinet Office and other government bodies and agencies, as well as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Selected publications


  • Antonopoulos, G.A. & Papanicolaou, G. (2014) Unlicensed Capitalism, Greek Style: Illegal Markets and ‘Organised Crime’ in Greece. Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers
  • Hall, A. & Antonopoulos, G.A. (2016) Fake Meds Online: The Internet and the Transnational Market in Illicit Pharmaceuticals. London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Antonopoulos, G.A. & Papanicolaou, G. (2018) Organized Crime: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Antonopoulos, G.A., Hall, A., Large, J., Shen, A., Crang, M. & Andrews, M. (2018) Fake Goods, Real Money: The Counterfeiting Business and its Financial Management. Bristol/Chicago, Il.: Policy Press/The University of Chicago Press
  • Antonopoulos, G.A., Di Nicola, A., Rusev, A., Terenghi, F. (2019) Human Trafficking Finances: Evidence from Three European Countries. Cham, Switzerland: Springer
  • van Duyne, P.C., Serdyuk, A., Antonopoulos, G.A., Harvey, J. & von Lampe, K. (eds) (2019) Constructing and Organising Crime in Europe. The Hague: Eleven International Publishing

Journal articles

  • Antonopoulos, G.A. & Winterdyk, J. A. (2006) ‘The Smuggling of Migrants in Greece: An Examination of Its Social Organisation’, European Journal of Criminology, 3(4), 439-461
  • Antonopoulos, G.A. (2008) ‘Interviewing Retired Cigarette Smugglers’, Trends in Organised Crime (special issue on ‘Interviewing Organised Criminals’), 11(1), 70-81
  • Antonopoulos, G.A. (2008) ‘The Greek Connection(s): The Social Organisation of the Cigarette Smuggling Business in Greece’, European Journal of Criminology, 5(3), 263-288
  • Antonopoulos, G.A. (2009) ‘Are the ‘Others’ Coming?’: Evidence on ‘Alien Conspiracy’ from Three Illegal Markets in Greece’, Crime, Law and Social Change, 52(5), 475-493
  • Shen, A., Antonopoulos, G.A. & von Lampe, K. (2010) ‘The Dragon Breathes Smoke’: Cigarette Counterfeiting in the People’s Republic of China, British Journal of Criminology, 50(2), 239-258
  • Antonopoulos, G.A., Hobbs, D. & Hornsby, R. (2011) ‘A Soundtrack to (Illegal) Entrepreneurship: The Counterfeit CD/DVD Market in a Greek Provincial City’, British Journal of Criminology, 51(5),804-822
  • von Lampe, K., Kurti, M., Shen, A. & Antonopoulos, G.A. (2012) ‘The Changing Role of China in the Global Illegal Cigarette Trade’, International Criminal Justice Review, 22(1), 43-67
  • Hobbs, D. & Antonopoulos, G.A. (2013) ‘Endemic to the Species: Ordering the ‘Other’ via Organised Crime’, Global Crime, 14(1), 27-51
  • Wang, P. & Antonopoulos, G.A. (2016) ‘Organized Crime and Illegal Gambling: How Do Illegal Gambling Enterprises Respond to Challenges Caused by Their Illegality in China?’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 49(2), 258-280
  • Antonopoulos, G.A. & Hall, A. (2016) ‘The Financial Management of the Illicit Tobacco Trade in the United Kingdom’, British Journal of Criminology, 56(4), 709-728
  • Antonopoulos, G.A. & Hall. A. (2016) ‘Gain With No Pain’: Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids Trafficking in the UK’, European Journal of Criminology, 13(6), 696-713
  • Diba, P., Papanicolaou, G. & Antonopoulos, G.A. (2019) ‘The Digital Routes of Human Smuggling? Evidence from the UK’, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 21(2), 159-175
  • Kotzé, J. & Antonopoulos, G.A. (2019) ‘Boosting ‘Bodily Capital’: Maintaining Masculinity, Aesthetic Pleasure and Instrumental Utility Through the Consumption of Steroids’, Journal of Consumer Culture, DOI: 10.1177/1469540519846196
  • Antonopoulos, G.A., Hall, A., Large, J. & Shen, A. (2019) ‘Counterfeit Goods Fraud: An Account of its Financial Management’, European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 26(1), [special issue on ‘Fraud in the 21st Century’] DOI: 10.1007/s10610-019-09414-6

Books chapters

  • Hobbs, D. & Antonopoulos, G.A. (2014) ‘How to Research Organised Crime’. In Paoli, L. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Organised Crime. (pp.96-117) New York: Oxford University Press
  • Antonopoulos, G.A. & Hall, S. (2014) ‘The Death of the Legitimate Merchant? Small to Medium-Size Enterprises and Shady Decisions in Greece During the Financial Crisis’. In van Duyne, P.C., Harvey, J., Antonopoulos, G.A., Maljevic, A., Markovska, A. & von Lampe, J. (eds) Corruption, Greed and Crime Money: Sleaze and Shady Economics in Europe and Beyond. (pp.313-336) Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers
  • Hall, A. & Antonopoulos, G.A. (2015) ‘License to Pill: Illegal Entrepreneurs’ Tactics in the Online Trade of Medicines’. In van Duyne, P.C., Maljevic, A., Antonopoulos, G.A., Harvey, J. & von Lampe, K. (eds) The Relativity of Wrongdoing: Corruption, Organised Crime, Fraud and Money Laundering in Perspective. (pp.229-252) Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers
  • Shen, A. & Antonopoulos, G.A. (2016) ‘Women in Criminal Market Activities: Findings from a Study in China’. In Antonopoulos, G.A. (ed.) Illegal Entrepreneurship, Organised Crime and Social Control. (Studies of Organised Crime vol.14) (pp.123-139) New York: Springer
  • Hall, S. & Antonopoulos, G.A. (2016) ‘Troika, Austerity and the Reluctant Resort to Criminality in Greece’. In Whyte, D. & Wiegratz, J. (eds) Neoliberalism and the Moral Economy of Fraud. (pp.114-128) London: Routledge
  • Hall, A. and Antonopoulos, G.A. (2019) ‘The (Online) Supply of Illicit Lifestyle Medicines: A Criminological Study’. In Van de Ven, K., Mulrooney, K.J.D. & McVeigh, J. (eds) Human Enhancement Drugs. (pp.173-187) London: Routledge