Global Risk Governance programme
The Ethics of Online Research into Illicit Trade of Cultural and Natural Resources online conference will take place online from 5-6 August, 2021. Diāna Bērziņa, Maastricht University & Dr Annette Hübschle, University of Cape Town's presentation will be on "Moving from immersed field-based ethnographies to studying digital marketplaces".
Annette Hubschle is the African and wildlife trafficking lead on the European Research Council-funded TRANSFORM project, short for Trafficking transformations: objects as agents in transnational criminal networks. Trafficking represents serious transnational crime which challenges our physical, social, economic security. Existing policy is ineffective at reducing the flow of many illicit commodities.
Several southern African countries have implemented community-focused conservation management approaches with varying levels of success. Community-based approaches are recognised as requiring long-term commitment and resources through genuine partnerships between local people and protected areas (PAs). The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa Khetha programme, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), embarked on a research project to better understand the relationship between local people and PAs, test perceptions and find leverage points for enhancing neighbourly relations. A second line of inquiry looked into perceptions of safety and security of local communities living in the research area, within the context of high levels of illegal wildlife trade (IWT) taking place in the landscape.
Immediate kangaroo mother care, which involves skin-to-skin contact with the mother and exclusive breastfeeding, started as soon as a preterm or low birthweight baby is born, dramatically improves survival. This has now been shown to be vastly superior to separation (incubators) in terms of survival of low birth weight neonates. Dr. Barak Morgan, a GRG member, was part of the team of researchers who took part in this clinical trial, results of which are published in New England Journal of Medicine.
Annette Hübschle and Sophie Rathmell wrote an Op-Ed, in the Daily Maverick, "Our Burning Planet" section, on 3 June 2021. They write, "Our objection is coupled with a plea to employ the precautionary principle to protect the largest cross-border elephant herd from the harmful actions linked not only to seismic surveying but also from the ongoing exploratory oil and gas drilling in Namibia."
Canadian oil and gas company ReconAfrica has submitted an application for an environmental clearance certificate to Namibia’s environmental commissioner to conduct 2D seismic surveys in the northeastern Kavango regions.
'Policing Dreams' was the title of the talk given by Prof. Clifford Shearing on Wednesday 24th March, as part of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) Seminar Series. The University of Glasgow.
Criminology and Climate: Insurance, Finance and the Regulation of Harmscapes. a new book edited by Liam Phelan, Cameron Holley and Clifford Shearing, explores the role of the insurance industry in contributing to, and responding to, the harms that climate change has brought and will bring either directly or indirectly. The Anthropocene signifies a new role for humankind: we are the only species that has become a driving force in the planetary system. What might criminology be in the Anthropocene? What does the Anthropocene suggest for future theory and practice of criminology? Criminology and Climate, as part of Routledge’s Criminology at the Edge Series, seeks to contribute to this research agenda by exploring differing vantage points relevant to thinking within criminology.
For a distance of some 150km, Canadian company ReconAfrica’s oil and gas prospecting concessions border the Kavango River, a crucial source of water in a semi-arid area and the lifeline for one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wild species in the Okavango Delta into which it discharges.
Participants of this event will get an exclusive sneak preview into the new E4J Module on Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Involvement in Preventing and Combating Wildlife, Forest and Fisheries Crime.
Dr. Annette Hübschle will draw upon material from the E4J University Module Series on Wildlife Crime and apply it in an interactive classroom-style setting. This session will share insights and ideas on how to teach on the role that local communities play in preventing and combating wildlife crime. While this event is inspired by cases from Namibia, it will provide global insights.