SOAS University of London

Criminalising environmental protest: policing the anti-fracking movement

Dr Damien Short (School of Advanced Study, University of London)

Date: 15 November 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 15 November 2018Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

This seminar will explore the policing of ‘anti-fracking’ environmental protectors' protests and the surveillance and frequent intimidation that accompanies it in the UK context, from the police themselves but also from private security firms and the extractive industries. Via a mixture of interview data and insights from participant observation a concerning picture emerges for those who wish to resist the continuing exploitation of unsustainable fossil fuel development in the era of anthropogenic climate change.

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Criminalising environmental protest: policing the anti-fracking movement

Dr Damien Short is Reader in Human Rights and Co-Director of the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. His latest book Redefining Genocide: Settler Colonialism, Social Death and Ecocide (Zed Books) is an interdisciplinary investigation into the genocide-ecocide nexus through numerous case studies that show how genocide and ecological destruction are inherent features of our capitalist economic, social and political system. His current research focusses on the social and environmental impacts of unconventional energy development.

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