Research Assistant: Trafficking in Persons for the Purpose of Organ Removal: Case StudySemester Course

DIS Stockholm, Research Assistant, Trafficking in Persons for the Purpose of Organ Removal
Major Discipline(s)
Criminology / Criminal Justice, Human Rights
Type
Elective Course
Available
Fall/Spring semester
Credit(s)
3

Due to the high demand and severe organ scarcity worldwide, there is a growing number of identified cases of organ trafficking and trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal. While the commercial trade of human organs is illegal within the EU, different EU countries have different organ donation policies that may have an impact on the crime of organ trade within the region. This research project will look at two EU countries that have different deceased organ donation consent regulations. It will investigate the impact these regulations have on trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal.

This is a comparative case study that aims to identify the relationship between opt-in and opt-out donation policies and the demand in illicit organ transplantations given the cases of Denmark and Sweden. It will investigate the impact the Swedish and Danish regulations have on trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal. Bearing in mind the complex nature of this study, the research design of this project will employ the combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches.

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Faculty

Polina Smiragina-Ingelström

DIS Stockholm Semester Faculty

PhD (2021, The University of Sydney), focusing on the gendered perspective on victimhood in the trafficking of men. MSc (2012, Gothenburg University), BA (2009, Moscow State University). Postdoctoral fellow in Criminology (Stockholm University). Polina’s research interests are within the disciplines of criminology and medical anthropology with a special focus on victimhood, gender, post-trafficking needs and help-seeking behavior. Before commencing her academic career Polina was a migrant counsellor and reintegration assistant at the UN Migration (IOM) mission in Russia. She was engaged in providing direct assistance to migrants in distress including victims of human trafficking and exploitation; and assistance in voluntary return and reintegration.  With DIS since 2016.

Sociology Polina Smiragina Ingelstöm