Criminal Entanglements: Ethnographies of transnational crime
David Sausdal 

I am currently part of anthropologist Henrik Vigh’s ERC research project, ‘Criminal Entanglements: Ethnographies of transnational crime’. The project ethnographically examines the growing amount of drugs and numbers of people being smuggled and trafficked along Europe’s ‘Western corridor’. In doing so, the project contributes both empirically and theoretically to contemporary research of transnational crime and policing – a research field that is mostly comprised by statistical guesstimates and alarming political discourses, yet with little actual qualitative knowledge of the people, practices and perceptions involved in this otherwise rapidly increasing illegal economy. Ultimately, through the project, we aim to redevelop a more social, political and global form of anthropological criminology.



David Sausdal is an ethnographer with a general interest in transnational crime and policing. Specifically, this includes research into the law enforcement of organized property crimes, drug trafficking, human trafficking and smuggling as well as financial crime in around Europe. These are research subjects that Sausdal, amongst others, have published on in notable criminological and anthropological journals such as Theoretical Criminology, European Journal of Criminology, Policing and Society, Anthropological Theory and Focaal.