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Dr Tanya Wyatt

Associate Professor in Criminology; Co-lead of Environmental and Global Justice theme; Acting Director of Research

Department: Social Sciences

Tanya Wyatt joined the University of Northumbria in October of 2010.

Tanya joined the University of Northumbria in October of 2010.

Previously, for nearly five years, she was a deputy sheriff and police officer, which included working in a maximum-security county jail and patrolling a small town. Tanya then served for two years as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine. During that time, she wrote grants and designed programs to prevent the trafficking of women.


PhD Criminology, University of Kent 2009
MA Criminology and Criminal Justice, Eastern Michigan University 2004
BA Biology, Mills College, Oakland, California, USA 1997

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Tanya is interested in all things relating to green criminology, particularly the illegal wildlife trade, but also smuggling and theft of other natural resources. Her future research plans include examination of industrial agricultural, animal welfare, and food-borne illnesses. Additionally, Tanya is interested in the intersection of green crimes and human and national security, transnational crime, and organised crime.

Tanya was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University’s Transnational Environmental Crime Project in 2013.

Tanya is interested in supervising doctoral students on topics related to green criminology such as, but not limited to, wildlife crime, animal welfare, pollution and environmental security. Research can also focus on discriminatory access to healthy environmental and natural resources.

Current/Recent Projects

European Commission. Feb 2017 – Feb 2018. Wildlife Trade between Mexico and the EU. (principal researcher Ines Arroyo-Quiroz; managed by AETS Paris, France).

Scottish Government. ‘Scoping Research on the Illegal Puppy Trade and Farming’. Oct 2016 – Mar 2017. (co-investigators Dr Jenny Maher, University of South Wales; Paul Biddle, Northumbria University).

European Network for Prosecutors for the Environment. Feb 2016 – Feb 2017. (co-investigator Professor Matthew Hall, University of Lincoln). Conducting a capitalisation and gap analysis of environmental crime (pollution, waste and wildlife) prosecutions and sanctions across the entirety of the European Union.

Newton Advanced Fellowship. International Trade in Wildlife involving Mexico: A Critical Appraisal of Wildlife Trade Dynamics between Mexico and the European Union. March 2015 to March 2017. (Principal Investigator Dr Ines Arroyo-Quiroz, National Autonomous University of Mexico).

Principal Investigator on the ESRC Green Crime Research Seminar Series beginning October 2012

ESRC Festival of Social Sciences ‘Are we green yet? Nature in Criminology’ November 2012

Key Publications

Cao, A. and Wyatt, T. 2016. ‘The Conceptual Compatibility Between Green Criminology and Human Security: A Proposed Interdisciplinary Framework for Examinations into Green Victimisation’. Critical Criminology. Volume 24, Issue 3: 413-430.

Wyatt, T. 2016. ‘A Comparative Analysis of Wildlife Trafficking in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom’. Special Edition: Wildlife Trafficking – Trafficking, Organised Crime and Security. Volume 2, Issue 1: 62-81.

Wyatt, T. 2016. ‘Victimless Venison? Deer Poaching and the Black Market Meat Trade in the UK’. Contemporary Justice Review. Volume 19, Issue 2: 188-200.

Wyatt, T., South, N. and Beirne, P. 2014. ‘Introduction: Green Criminology Matters’. 2014. Special Edition: International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. Vol 3, No 2: 1-5.

Wyatt, T. 2014. A Criminological Exploration of the Industrialisation of Pig Farming. Internet Journal of Criminology: Special Issue on Green Criminology. Online: 12-28.

Wyatt, T. 2014. Non-human Animal Abuse and Wildlife Trade: Harm in the Fur and Falcon Trades. Society and Animals. 22 (2): 194-210.

Wyatt, T. 2014. The Illegal Timber Trade in the Russian Far East: An Organized Crime? Crime, Law and Social Change. 61: 15-35.

Wyatt, T. (2013) Wildlife Trafficking: A deconstruction of the crime, the victims and the offenders. 2013. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Wyatt, T. (2013) The Illegal Timber Trade in the Russian Far East: An Organized Crime? 2013. Crime, Law and Social Change. DOI 10.1007/s10611-013-9461-y

Wyatt, T. (2013) A Criminological Exploration of the Industralisation of Pig Farming. Forthcoming 2013. Internet Journal of Criminology: Special Issue on Green Criminology.

Wyatt, T. (2013) The Security Implications of the Illegal Wildlife Trade. 2013. Journal of Social Criminology: Special Issue on Green Criminology.

Wyatt, T. (2013) 'From the Cardamom Mountains of Southwest Cambodia to the forests of the world: An exploration of the illegal charcoal trade'. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice 37 (1), pp. 1-15.

Cao, A. and Wyatt, T. (2012) 'A green criminological exploration of illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam'. Asian Journal of Criminology. DOI 10.1007/s11417-012-9154-y.

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