Critical Directions in Green Criminology
  • Room 202, Mast House, Shepherd's Wharf, 24 Sutton Road, Plymouth PL4 0HJ

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It is clear that we live in an era of unprecedented environmental crisis. 

Climate change, catastrophic species decline and systematic pollution of air, land and sea portend violent repercussions that will have an irreparable impact on future generations of humans and nonhuman life. Public support for forestalling such degradation and disaster seems high, yet the election of right-wing climate change deniers from Trump to Bolsonaro, threatens the hope that global leaders will preside over meaningful change.

In the hours of broadcast footage, televised debate and online discussion devoted to increasing awareness of environmental harm, the criminological voice is muted, drowned out by the cacophony of staid economic and/or technological “solutions.” Indeed, the proposals that tend to receive the greatest attention are those that offer quick fixes that focus predominantly on nudging consumer behaviour, while ignoring critical appraisals of political economy and the role of the producers and propagators of a harmful system.

This conference aims to provoke criminological discussion around a range of urgent environmental problems - and to engage 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 conference schedule will be announced shortly.

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Confirmed Speakers

Avi Brisman (MFA, JD, PhD) is an Associate Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY, USA), an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia), and a Conjoint Associate Professor at Newcastle Law School at the University of Newcastle (Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia). He is the author or editor of eight books (mostly in the areas of environmental crime and green criminology) and, after having served as book review editor of Critical Criminology: An International Journal since 2015, has recently transitioned to the role of Editor-in-Chief.  ​​In Spring 2019, he is serving as an International Visiting Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex (Colchester, Essex, UK).

Nigel South is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology. His recent publications include: H. Mol, D. Rodríguez Goyes, A. Brisman and N. South (2017) (eds) Environmental Crime in Latin America: The theft of nature and the poisoning of the land​, London: Palgrave; A. Brisman, B. McClanahan, N. South and R. Walters (2018) Water, Crime and Security in the Twenty-First Century: Too dirty, too little, too much, London: Palgrave

Nicholas Bruschi is an Investigations Advisor at World Animal Protection.

Dr James Heydon is a Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln.

Jason Lowther is an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Plymouth.

Dr Jenny Maher is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of South Wales.

Dr Bill McClanahan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.

Dr Corina Medley is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Plymouth.

Dr Angus Nurse is an Associate Professor in Criminology and Sociology at Middlesex University.

Dr Oliver Smith is a Reader in Criminology at the University of Plymouth.


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Great Western Railway offer

We are pleased to have collaborated with GWR to offer our delegate discounted train travel via the following weblink

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