Green Criminology Research Network
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Chair: James Heydon James.Heydon@Nottingham.ac.uk
Evidence for the existence of climate change is now irrefutable. The burning of fossil fuels in the past and present has generated unprecedented global temperature increases. The ecological and social consequences of this are already being witnessed, with drought, flooding and storms precipitating crop shortages, patterns of environmental migration and conflict over resources (see IPCC, 2018). At the same time, governments are locked into a global economic system that must, by its very nature, achieve year-on-year growth on a physically finite planet. Engendering a multiplicity of environmental harms and crimes, many of which are unprecedented in scope and scale, the situation is stark and the issues pressing. The need for criminology to cast its attention over these increasing concerns, in a serious and sustained manner, is now greater than ever.
Climate change is, however, just one of many contemporary environmental issues. These have long-since been a focal point for criminologists, but it is only since the mid-1990s that their study has been gathered under the label ‘green criminology’. As a sub-field, its concerns include a wide range of crimes, harms and mechanisms for their control. These include a variety of issues, ranging from wildlife trafficking, animal rights abuses and state-corporate land grabs, through to the victimisation of indigenous peoples, environmental injustices and the consequences wrought by extractives industries. Such a broad remit encompasses anthropocentric, eco-centric and bio-centric positions, from scholarship spanning an assortment of disciplines, including law, sociology, politics and economics, to name a few.
The Green Criminology Research Network offers a means for discussion, critical analysis, and knowledge sharing among diverse and dispersed members of the British Society of Criminology and others.
Chair: James Heydon
Steering Group: Tanya Wyatt (Northumbria University); Nigel South (University of Essex); Matthew Hall (University of Lincoln); Angus Nurse (Middlesex University); Harriet Pierpoint (University of South Wales).
The Aims of the Network
As such, its aims are as follows:
- To provide an arena for BSC members and non-members to share information, experience and perspectives on environmental crimes and harms.
- To advance understandings and stimulate debate on environmental issues across the spheres of research, policy and practice.
- To promote the inclusion of environmental issues into criminological teaching and learning strategies, curricula and/or benchmarks.
- To foster opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange among interested parties, including researchers, policy makers, civil society organisations and the public, among others.
- To share opportunities for research and scholarly development amongst members, including forming networks for bids and studentships.
To achieve these aims, the Green Criminology Research Network will engage in activities that include:
- Organising and hosting conferences, seminars and symposia; including a panel at the BSC conference
- Disseminating information via email, scholarly publications, social media and other means;
- Responding to policy consultations and/or requests for information;
- Engaging in tendering and funding bids;
- Collaborating with members of the International Green Criminology Working Group and other networks of relevance.
Members will be asked for expressions of interest and nominations for re-electing officials every three years. There will be an election if there is more than one candidate. Chairs need to have been a BSC member for at least a year.
January 27 & 28, 2021
Due to unprecedented circumstances the last 12 months have seen many environmental issues garner less and less attention in social, political and media circles. However, this has diminished neither their presence nor importance, and has instead raised important questions about their occurrence against a background of wider contextual fractures. For instance, how have the transitions seen since the start of 2020 influenced environmental harms and those who choose to study them? Why should those with an eye on these rapid social and political transformations still be mindful of environmental crimes and harms that continue to occur over the same period? This Twitter conference attempts to answer these questions, among others, to understand how environmental issues in the non-human world intersect with those occurring in their human counterpart. The legacies of these transformations are likely to be with us for some time, and accounting for the ways in which they entwine with one another is going to be of increasing importance.
Everyone who is presenting their work will also include #Greencrime2021 in their tweets
Future events will be announced here and in the members bulletin.
We recently produced a podcast. Here Tanya Wyatt and Rob White talk about what Green Criminology actually is.
November 26, 2020
Co-hosted by the British Society of Criminology Women Crime and Criminal Justice Network and the Green Criminology Research Network
How can feminism engage meaningfully with environmental harm? Why should those concerned about environmental harm also be concerned with issues of gender? This one-day conference joins feminism, gender studies, and green criminology, to explore the intersections between gender, environmental, non-human animal, and wildlife crimes and harms.
Event held via Zoom
- Dr Stephen Burrell (Durham University) — The climate crisis and men’s violence: Exploring the connections between masculinities and environmental harm
- Dr Ana Leite (Durham University) — Conspiracy theories, feelings of threat, and attitudes towards animals and the environment
- Dr Francis Masse (Northumbria University) — Gendered dimensions of wildlife crime
- Professor Kay Peggs (Kingston University) — Veganism, crime and consuming animals
- Dr Corey Wrenn (University of Kent) — Vegan feminist activism then and now
- Professor Tanya Wyatt (Northumbria University) — Gender and environmental harm
This event was rescheduled from April 2020
Green Criminology in the Anthropocene
In association with the BSC North-East regional branch.
16th January 2020 – Northumbria University
In the context of widespread, human-induced environmental harm criminology – as the discipline primarily concerned with questions of deviance and social control – finds itself particularly relevant. As such, this one day symposium aimed to spark debate in criminology about how best to respond to contemporary and emerging environmental crimes and harms at a time when existing responses appear ineffective.
Future events will be announced in the BSC bulletin, the network’s newsletter that is sent out to members, and via the network’s Twitter account.
April 2, 2019
Room 202, Mast House, Shepherd’s Wharf, 24 Sutton Road, Plymouth PL4 0HJ
The conference aim was to kick start a new discussion in criminology – one that engages thoughtfully, but vigorously, with the ways in which the discipline can be brought to bear on a range of issues that are acknowledged widely but largely misunderstood.
The network was formally launched at the Annual BSC conference at the University of Lincoln, in July 2019.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the field of Green Criminology research.
You can follow us on twitter @BSCGreenCrim
Please contact James Heydon James.Heydon@Nottingham.ac.uk
Green Criminology – Definitions, resources and downloads
Open access special issue of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, focusing on green criminology. A useful introduction for anybody looking to find out more.
Green criminology: shining a critical lens on environmental harm, article by Angus Nurse.