James Windle

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University College Cork

Research Profile

My primary research focus has been on illicit drug markets, illicit enterprise, street gangs, organized crime and the history of prohibition. I am author of Suppressing Illicit Opium Production: Successful Intervention in Asia and the Middle East (IB Taurus, 2016) and editor of Historical Perspectives on Organized Crime and Terrorism (Routledge, 2018) an edited volume based upon the premise that historical accounts of organized crime and terrorism offer critically important lessons for understanding and responding to contemporary threats and phenomena.

Asia, Ireland, United Kingdom

Selected publications -
Windle, J., Morrison, J. F., Winter, A., & Silke, A. (Eds.). (2018). Historical Perspectives on Organized Crime and Terrorism. Routledge.
Windle, J. (2016). Suppressing illicit opium production: Successful intervention in Asia and the Middle East. IB Tauris.
Hourigan, N., Morrison, J. F., Windle, J., & Silke, A. (2018). Crime in Ireland north and south: Feuding gangs and profiteering paramilitaries. Trends in Organized Crime, 21(2), 126-146.
Windle, J. (2018). Why do South-east Asian states choose to suppress opium? A cross-case comparison. Third World Quarterly, 39(2), 366-384.
Windle, J. (2016). Security trumps drug control: How securitization explains drug policy paradoxes in Thailand and Vietnam. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 23(4), 344-354.
Windle, J., & Briggs, D. (2015). Going solo: the social organisation of drug dealing within a London street gang. Journal of youth studies, 18(9), 1170-1185.
Windle, J., & Briggs, D. (2015). ‘It’s like working away for two weeks’: The harms associated with young drug dealers commuting from a saturated London drug market. Crime prevention and community safety, 17(2), 105-119.
Windle, J. (2013). Harms caused by China's 1906–17 opium suppression intervention. International Journal of Drug Policy, 24(5), 498-505.