On 10th October 2018, Dr Young convened and hosted the First Interdisciplinary Symposium on Organized Crime. The day long Symposium (sponsored by UWE Bristol’s CALR) attracted 45 participants, with many from outside of UWE and academia. Five senior officers from the Metropolitan Police Service attended, as well as participants from the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit, the Institute of Statecraft, the Tax Justice Network and also attachés from several Embassies. Speakers included, Professor Tim Hall, Human Geography, University of Winchester; Dr Anna Markovska, Criminology, Anglia Ruskin; Dr Michael Woodiwiss, History, UWE; Mr Chris Atack, Detective Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police Service specialising in Economic Crime; Mr Mark Berry, PhD Researcher, Cardiff University, Trustee for the International Association for the Study of Organised Crime; Dr Phil Legg, Computer Science and Programme Leader for MSc Cyber Security, UWE Bristol.
On the back of this success Dr Young has created the entirely “Independent Organized Crime Research Network for Law Enforcement and Academics”, which had its inaugural meeting on Friday 16th November and saw colleagues from FET, HAS and law enforcement officers come together.
In October and November 2018, Dr Young was also a Panel Discussant, ‘Towards tax justice: challenging global tax avoidance” RebLaw, University of Law, London; and an invited Session Discussant, Open Society Justice Initiative & Tax Justice Network, Closed Meeting on Strategic Litigation to Combat Tax Havens.