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Prof Tanya Wyatt


Department: Social Sciences

Dr Tanya Wyatt is a Professor of Criminology specialising in green criminology. Her expertise centres on wildlife crime and trafficking, non-human animal abuse and welfare and the intersections of organised crime, corporate crime, and corruption. Other research interests are crimes of the powerful, particularly industrial agriculture and pollution.

Tanya Wyatt

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Dr Tanya Wyatt is a Professor of Criminology. Her expertise is in green criminology with a specialism in wildlife crime and trafficking, non-human animal abuse and welfare, and the intersections with organised crime, corporate crime, and corruption. She has recently completed a study for the Scottish Government on Non-custodial Interventions for Animal Welfare and Wildlife Offences, which has sparked an interest in challenging the punitive nature of sanctions for crime, even those against non-human animals. This builds on an ongoing interest in the trafficking of puppies. Professor Wyatt also is interested in crimes of the powerful, particularly industrial agriculture and wider issues of pollution.

Key Publications

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  • The welfare of wildlife: an interdisciplinary analysis of harm in the legal and illegal wildlife trades and possible ways forward, Wyatt, T., Maher, J., Allen, D., Clarke, N., Rook, D. 1 Jan 2022, In: Crime, Law and Social Change
  • Wildlife Trafficking via Social Media in Brazil, Wyatt, T., Miralles, O., Masse, F., Lima, R., Vargas da Costa, T., Giovanini, D. 1 Jan 2022, In: Biological Conservation
  • Are Fish Wild?, Wyatt, T., Friedman, K., Hutchinson, A. 1 Oct 2021, In: Liverpool Law Review
  • Canada and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES): Lessons Learned on implementation and compliance, Wyatt, T. 1 Jul 2021, In: Liverpool Law Review
  • Connections between trades and trafficking in wildlife and drugs, van Uhm, D., South, N., Wyatt, T. 1 Dec 2021, In: Trends in Organized Crime
  • Crime and Power, Davies, P., Wyatt, T. 31 Jan 2021
  • European illegal puppy trade and organised crime, Maher, J., Wyatt, T. 1 Dec 2021, In: Trends in Organized Crime
  • Go home, get a job, and pay some taxes to replace a bit of what you’ve wasted’: Stigma power and solidarity in response to anti-opencast mining activism in the coalfields of rural County Durham, UK, Brock, A., Stephenson, C., Stephens-Griffin, N., Wyatt, T. 13 Sep 2021, In: Sociological Research Online
  • "It Often Feels Like You Are Talking To A Wall”: Police and Private Security Responses To The Protect Pont Valley Campaign Against Opencast Coal Extraction, Stephens-Griffin, N., Lampkin, J., Wyatt, T., Stephenson, C. 1 Jun 2021, In: Critical Criminology

PGR Supervision

  • Alice Weedy Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Ekaterina Gladkova "You spend an awful amount of time fighting it and they aren't really listening..." political economy of pig farming intensification and environmental justice in Northern Ireland Start Date: 01/01/2018 End Date: 24/03/2021
  • Timothy Shilston Towards a Global Index for Democratic Policing Start Date: 02/10/2012 End Date: 25/06/2015
  • Anh Cao Timber Trafficking and its Impacts on Human Security in Vietnam Start Date: 02/10/2012 End Date: 05/04/2016
  • Nhien Pham Preventing and Combatting Women Trafficking from Vietnam to China Start Date: 12/02/2014 End Date: 27/02/2017
  • Alison Hutchinson CITES and the value of wildlife: On the visibility and victimisation of the minke whale, queen conch, and Atlantic bluefin tuna Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Emma Finnegan ‘Elder abuse’ amongst women: lived experiences; prevalence, nature and adequacy of services to respond to it. Start Date: 25/11/2019
  • Lisa Potter Start Date: 10/04/2017


  • Criminology PhD July 01 2009
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts FRSA 2017
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy SFHEA 2020
  • Full Member British Society of Criminology (BSC) 2014
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2011

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