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Sigrid Raets is a PhD researcher at the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP) within the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of Ghent University. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Criminology. In 2017, she worked as a research fellow on the FINOCA 2.0 project, which was aimed at elucidating the financing of organised crime activities related to trafficking in human beings. The FINOCA 2.0 study was funded by the European Commission and covered ten country case studies, including Belgium. As of 2018, Sigrid is working on her doctoral thesis which deals with the subject of desistance from violent extremism. This doctoral research project is conducted under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jelle Janssens and Prof. Dr. Charlotte Colman.  She is also interested and actively engaged in various research activities which concern the subjects of terrorism, organised crime, cybercrime, and offender reintegration

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  • Terrorism and violent extremism
  • Desistance from crime
  • Trafficking in human beings

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  • 2017 – FINOCA 2.0: Financing of Organised Crime. Human Trafficking in Focus 
  • 2018-present – PhD project: Desistance from Violent Extremism