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Environmental harm and green criminology

74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith, ACT, Rob White
16 June 2008

Rob White
School of Sociology and Social Work, University of Tasmania

Synopsis of presentation

This presentation provides a broad overview of the state-of-the-field of green or environmental criminology. It begins by raising issues surrounding the conceptualisation of environmental harm through reference to legal, ecological and justice perspectives. The presentation then provides brief vignettes of areas of work in which major research and theory development is required. Topics to be canvassed include researching transnational environmental crime, climate change and national/international security, environmental forensics, animals and green criminology, and prosecution and sentencing in relation to environmental crime.

About the speaker

Rob White is Professor of Sociology in the School of Sociology and Social Work at the University of Tasmania. He is the editor of Controversies in environmental sociology and is the author of a new book, Crimes against nature: environmental criminology and ecological justice. He is currently working on a project dealing with transnational environmental crime.