SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Environmental Crime? Poaching, Security and the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Various Speakers

Date: 19 May 2015Time: 9:45 AM

Finishes: 19 May 2015Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: L67

Type of Event: Workshop

The core intellectual aim of this workshop is to examine whether the rise of an environmental crime approach to understanding the poaching and the wildlife trade is fundamentally reconfiguring approaches to conservation.  It seeks to understand the motivations for illegal activity, but will also engage with questions of how and why particular activities come to be defined as illegal in the first place. The wildlife trade is gaining greater international attention and is the subject of urgent calls for action from conservation NGOs, international organisations and world leaders (including Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton). These urgent calls increasingly invoke the idea that the illegal wildlife trade constitutes a global security threat, that it funds organised crime, conflict and even terrorism. These concerns are reflected in calls for more forceful responses to poaching including counter insurgency (COIN) techniques, use of private military companies, contracting risk companies, development of intelligence networks and use of remote- controlled surveillance technologies.   Consequently, we need a better understanding of how this might be reconfiguring conservation practice in the longer term.

This event is now FULLY BOOKED


9.45 Coffee and arrival
10.00-10.10 Introduction, Professor Rosaleen Duffy (SOAS)

Poaching, violence and states

Jasper Humphreys, Kings College London
Rhinofication and the territorial imperative in ‎South Africa

Professor Bram Büscher, University of Wageningen
Shoot to kill: wildlife crime, spaces of exception and the state in southern Africa

Professor Rosaleen Duffy, SOAS
War, By Conservation

12.30-1.30 Lunch

Poaching, wildlife trade and livelihoods

Dr Dilys Roe, IIED
Beyond Enforcement: how and why local communities need to be engaged in tackling illegal wildlife trade

Dr Freya St John, University of Kent
Understanding human behaviour for effective conservation

Dr Tanya Wyatt, University of Northumbria
Global Illicit Wildlife Product Trafficking: Actors, Activities, and Threat Assessment

3.30- 4.00 Coffee break

Environmental Crime in Conservation Context

Professor Lorraine Elliott, ANU
Looking for the ‘everyday’: are there gaps in environmental crime and securitisation approaches to international wildlife crime?

Dr Andrew Newsham, SOAS
What (the values behind) militarisation do and don’t tell us about the future of conservation and development

Professor Dan Brockington, University of Manchester
Wrap up/conclusions








Organiser: Professor Rosaleen Duffy

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