Natalia Ollus appointed as the Director of the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI)
The Government of Finland has appointed Natalia Ollus as the Director of the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) as of the beginning of 2018. The Director’s term of office is three years.
Natalia Ollus has acted as the Deputy Director of HEUNI since September 2016. Earlier, she has worked as Senior Researcher at HEUNI and as an expert and adviser at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN.
Natalia holds a PhD in law and a Master’s in social anthropology. Her academic dissertation titled "From Forced Flexibility to Forced Labour: The Exploitation of Migrant Workers in Finland" received a prize from the University of Turku. Her dissertation reveals that the exploitation of migrant workers in the Finnish labour market is structural. The more serious forms of exploitation, such as trafficking, are born out of the overall misuse and exploitation of migrant workers. The research concludes that work-related exploitation should be defined as a form of corporate crime.
Her expertise covers research and policies on trafficking in human beings and violence against women, in particular. She has also worked with questions relating to good governance and the rule of law, female and juvenile prisoners, victimology, survey research and comparative crime statistics.
Natalia is currently a board member of the Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology, and a member of the Eurostat Task Force on the Development of a Survey on Gender-based Violence.
"I believe in collaboration; between different actors, disciplines, institutions and countries. I am interested in expanding HEUNI’s networks, and look forward to forging new partnerships".