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Green Criminology

1. Introduction to Green Criminology

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In this lecture, we think about some key ideas and areas of interest within green criminology, focusing in particular on: (i) how green criminology and green crime are defined, and where the field differs from traditional criminology, such as its focus on organisations over individuals, and its focus on social harms; (ii) the notion of green crime as a social construction which can vary across time and place; (iii) some important concepts within green criminology, such as zemiology and eco-global crime; (iv) some of the field’s main areas of research and key figures.


In this course, Dr Angus Nurse (Nottingham Trent University) explores green criminology and crimes against wildlife and the environment. In the first lecture, we introduce some key definitions, concepts and areas of interest within green criminology. In the second lecture, we focus on wildlife crime, illegal animal trafficking, and how the use of animals is legally regulated. In the third lecture, we consider climate change and pollution as areas of criminological interest. Next, we turn to environmental crimes and harms committed by corporations. In the fifth and final lecture, we look at how green crime is policed and whether regular police forces and justice systems are equipped to handle wildlife and environmental crimes.


Dr Angus Nurse is Head of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Nottingham Trent University. His research focuses on crimes against wildlife and the environment, corporate crime and criminal justice. His recent publications include Wildlife Criminology (2020) (co-authored with Tanya Wyatt), The Citizen and the State: Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties in Conflict (2020) and An Introduction to Green Criminology and Environmental Justice (2016).

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