RIOC - Research Initiative on Organised Crime

Thank you for your interest in the Research Initiative on Organised Crime (RIOC). We work on various issues related to organised crime and corruption - researching better tools and instruments to disrupt organised crime activities. If you are interested in working with us, you can contact us by E-mail or phone.




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(President of the Board)

If you are interested in contacting us, the President of the Board and the Treasurer are happy to give you further information. Easiest you reach us with the info(at) email.

President of the Board

Dr Tanja Tamminen is an expert in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Docteur en Science Politique from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, she defended her doctoral thesis on the EU policies in the Balkans in 2009. She is Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku (Finland), specialising in European security questions and Research Fellow at the Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg (IOS), Germany, where she previously led a research group on frozen conflicts. She has served three times in EU civilian crisis management missions: in the EU Advisory Mission in Ukraine (EUAM Ukraine) as the Head of the Planning, Coordination and Cooperation Department and in the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX Kosovo) as political adviser. She has also held expert positions in the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and in the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (UPI/FIIA). In the Finnish Police College University she analysed corruption in the Finnish context in a research project funded by the Finnish Government as well as focusing on linkages between organised and environmental crime. In addition to organised crime, Tamminen has published on a wide range of issues from EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy related matters to Balkan politics. Contact: tanja.tamminen(at)


Attorney-at-Law Anna Simola has long-term experience working as criminal defence lawyer in Tampere. She has graduated in Law in Turku University (2004), and also holds Master of Arts degree in History (2002).