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ESRC Green Criminology Research Seminar Series

This exciting and unique series on green crime will consist of five half day seminars and a final two-day mini-conference between October 2012 and July 2014.

Each seminar and the mini-conference will feature one international speaker and one UK speaker who is an expert on the seminar topic. For each event, fifteen invited attendees that are early career and established academics, practitioners, and/or students will receive funds to cover their travel. This group will be contacted directly by the seminar organisers. For a small fee that will vary by location, the seminars will also be open to anyone else who would like to attend. There will also be time set aside for discussions and networking. For those not able to make it, this website will have links to videos of each of the sessions. The following list is the current schedule of seminars. Please visit regularly for updates on speakers and dates.

1. Green Criminology; Theories and Concepts (20 October 2012, Northumbria University, from 1-5pm in the Great Hall of the Sutherland Building, Newcastle)

Dr. Avi Brisman, School of Justice Studies, Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University (US) [click here for presentation]

Professor Nigel South, Sociology, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Essex [click here for presentation]

Green Criminology has evolved within recent years and the first seminar speakers will explore the analytical strands of thought such as environmental, ecological, and species justice (White 2011), which help to define the field and set it apart from mainstream criminology. Additionally, Green scholars come from a variety of disciplines and perspectives so the theoretical and conceptual breadth of the current field is extensive. These diverse theories and concepts, which entail analysis of the social dynamics that shape and allow certain types of harms to the environment to take place (White 2004), will also be explored.

To watch the speakers from this seminar please click here. Alternatively click on the speakers above to view their PowerPoint presentations.

2. Wildlife and Timber Trafficking (22 February 2013, Glamorgan University, Cardiff)

12-16:30 in the University of Glamorgan’s Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (map and directions available here).  The venue is also within easy walking distance of the train station and city centre hotels.

There are 20 free first come first serve places funded by the University of Glamorgan. All others are welcome for a small £10 entrance fee. Please contact Jenny Maher ( at the University of Glamorgan to register.

This seminar will feature two keynote speakers with plenty of opportunities for networking and discussion. Professor Tim Boekhout Van Solinge, Criminal Law and Criminology, Utrecht University will discuss timber trafficking and Ms Charlotte Davies, Intelligence Analyst, Environmental Investigations Agency will focus on wildlife trafficking. Speakers will explore the connection between the legal and illegal markets, the challenges associated with conflicts pertaining to the instrumental or intrinsic value of wildlife, the efforts made to respond at international and national levels to stem wildlife and timber trafficking and how a Green Criminological perspective can contribute to efforts to diminish these black markets.

Please note, there is an informal drink and dinner on Thursday night at the Duke of Wellington pub, to which all are welcome. Please contact Jenny Maher with any questions (

To watch the speakers from the seminar please click here.

3. Wildlife Crime and Animal Abuse (June 2013 in partnership with the League Against Cruel Sports)

Keynote speakers Piers Beirne (Southern Maine University), Joe Duckworth (league Against Cruel Sports) and Keith Vincent (Law Commission) will debate core concepts of green criminology. This seminar highlights Green Criminology’s enhanced view of victimisation by exploring harms directly or indirectly inflicted on (non-human) animals by the actions of humans. Harms inflicted on animals are important concerns for criminology on a number of levels: legal attempts to protect animals; the connection between harm to animals and inter-human violence (see Beirne 2007); and challenges to mainstream criminological debate and anthropocentrism around what constitutes crime and the nature of victimisation. Considering biocentric and ecocentric (as opposed to anthropocentric) perspectives (e.g. Halsey and White 1998, White 2008), and thinking in terms of species justice and ecological justice (rather than simple criminal justice, social justice or even environmental justice) this seminar will discuss ways in which the rights of non-human animals and humans can be rectified.

4. Hazardous Waste and Pollution (4 October 2013, Northumbria University, Newcastle)

The fourth of six ESRC Green Criminology Research Seminar Series seminars took place at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK on 4 October 2013. With additional funding from Northumbria University, the seminar was an all day international event featuring four keynote speakers and two panels of papers. 'Brown Crime: Hazardous Waste and Pollution' focused on air, water, and soil pollution as well as the dumping of traditional and 'e' wastes. This includes discussion of the economic, political, and social implications of such toxic environments and the emerging black markets in waste and prohibited products. The featured speakers were Professor Paul Stretesky (University Colorado Denver), Dr Lieselot Bisschop (University of Ghent), Dr Judith Van Erp (Erasmus University) and Ms Marieke Kluin (Delft University of Technology).

There were an additional six papers on two panels. Panel 1 featured Mr Bill McClanahan (Eastern Kentucky University); Dr Angus Nurse (Middlesex University); Dr Karin van Wingerde (Erasmus University). Panel 2 featured Dr Michael Long (Oklahoma State University); Professor Lorraine Elliott (The Australian National University); Professor Nigel South (University of Essex).

Please click on the links below to access the speakers' presentations:

 Professor Paul Stetesky

 Dr Lieselot Bisschop

 Dr Judith Van Erp

 Ms Marieke Kluin

 Mr Bill McClanahan

 Dr Angus Nurse

 Dr Karin van Wingerde

 Dr Michael Long

 Professor Lorraine Elliott

 Professor Nigel South


Please also visit the ESRC Green Crime youtube channel to watch the presentations

5. Environmental Law and Regulation (February 2014, University of Sheffield)

Attempts to protect the environment (and animals) are diverse and complex. This seminar will analyse the challenges of regulating environmental practices in a globalised world. In particular, this seminar will explore criminal justice system responses to environmental harms. The use of the criminal law as a means to preventing (or limiting) harms to the environment and to animals is increasingly common in both national and international law (Galizzi and Sands, 2004) We can also recognise an increased use of regulatory approaches (including self-regulation within various public and private sectors) to environmental protection (e.g. White, 2008). The challenges associated with both criminalisation and regulation include the actual creation of new laws, their meaningful enforcement, the detection and policing of offences (including those by the state), and the meaningful application of punishments and penalties for breaches.

6. Future Considerations (July 2014, London South Bank University)

London South Bank University will be hosting a two-day Green Criminology conference on the 7th and 8th of July 2014. This conference is the culmination of an ESRC funded seminar series running in the UK since 2012.

We are inviting submissions of abstracts for those wishing to present papers in any area of green, environmental or conservation criminology or related areas. Empirical, theoretical or conceptual papers are all welcome. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length and should be sent to Dr Gary Potter at no later than 16th April 2014.

The conference will reflect the themes of the existing seminar series and also any other research related to green criminology and environmental victimisation. As such we have 6 streams:

1. Green Criminology: theories and concepts.
2. Wildlife and Timber Trafficking.
3. Wildlife Crime and Animal Abuse.
4. Hazardous Waste and Pollution.
5. Environmental Law and Regulation.
6. Other aspects of green criminology, conservation criminology and environmental victimisation.

The conference will also include a roundtable discussion on future considerations for green criminology concepts, theories and methods, and future research collaborations.

Confirmed keynote speakers include: Rob White (University of Tasmania), Reece Walters (Queensland University of Technololgy), Ragnhild Sollund (University of Oslo), Nigel South (University of Essex), Avi Brisman (East Kentucky University), Damien Short (University of London)

To register for the event click here.

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you during the series.

Dr. Tanya Wyatt, Northumbria University

Dr. Jenny Maher, Glamorgan University

Dr. Angus Nurse, Birmingham City University

Dr. Matthew Hall, University of Sheffield

Dr. Gary Potter, London South Bank University

Prof. Nigel South, University of Essex

Date posted: September 28, 2012