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A particular focus of the research programme is on understanding the new and emerging risk landscapes and their governance that are shaping 21st Century securities.
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The Global Risk Governance programme team consists of an international and multidisciplinary group of researchers and postgraduate students.
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New Environment Securities Initiative "Quick Bites"
Fri, 25 Jun 2021 - 09:15

The Evolving Securities Initiative is led by the Global Risk Governance team and is supported by the University of Cape Town, Griffith University, and  ProActive ReSolutions. ESI Quick Bites is a monthly newsletter featuring  interesting publications on New Worlds, New Harmscapes.

Immediate “Kangaroo Mother Care” and Survival of Infants with Low Birth Weight
Wed, 09 Jun 2021 - 08:15

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 borndramatically 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. 

Canadian firm ReconAfrica’s quest for Namibian oil and gas poses seismic risk to elephant behaviour
Fri, 04 Jun 2021 - 12:15


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. SCCRJ Seminar Series
Sun, 28 Mar 2021 - 17:00

'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.

New Book Alert: Criminology and Climate: Insurance, Finance and the Regulation of Harmscapes
Wed, 30 Dec 2020 - 12:30

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.

Paradise is closing down: The ghastly spectre of oil drilling and fracking in fragile Okavango Delta
Thu, 17 Dec 2020 - 06:45

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.


Education for Justice Module on Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Involvement in Preventing and Combating Wildlife, Forest and Fisheries Crime.
Tue, 01 Dec 2020 - 16:00

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.

Oil drilling, possible fracking planned for Okavango region—elephants’ last stronghold
Tue, 03 Nov 2020 - 11:15

An article in the National Geographic by Jeffrey Barbee and Laurel Neme outlines the dangers of fracking in the Okavango region and its effect on wildlife in the area. "Hundreds of oil wells could come to cover a huge expanse in Namibia and Botswana, in what has been called possibly the 'largest oil play of the decade.' ”

Annette Hübschle, a Namibian-raised environmental social scientist and senior research fellow with the Global Risk Governance Programme at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa quoted in the article said "This is one of the worst forms of land theft and neocolonial resource extraction.” 



Mystery shrouds plans to start fracking near Namibia’s Kavango River and Botswana’s Tsodilo Hills
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 - 12:00

A Canadian oil and gas exploration company, ReconAfrica, says it has the go-ahead to frack in some of Africa's most sensitive environmental areas, including the Namibian headwaters of the Okavango Delta and the Tsodilo Hills, a World Heritage Site in Botswana. But they may have jumped the EIA gun. The drilling location sits along the banks of the Kavango River, straddling the border betweeen Namibia and Botswana, inside the newly proclaimed Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, the KAZA TFCA.

Post-doctoral Scholar Julie Goodness
Fri, 11 Sep 2020 - 18:45

Dr Julie Goodness is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Global Risk Governance programme's Art of Resilience project, Julie’s current research examines how security professionals in urban areas utilise the concept of resilience in relation to recovery from climate change events, with a focus on Hurricane Harvey (2017) in Houston, Texas, USA.

Broadly, Julie is interested in the dynamics of urban social-ecological systems, with applications to management and governance for sustainability. Read more>>>

A Whole New World - Evolving Securities Initiative (ESI) Highlights
Tue, 21 Jul 2020 - 10:45

The Evolving Securities Initiative (ESI) was created with the aim of bringing together scholars and professionals from across the globe to challenge responses to 21st-century harmscapes. With a new decade upon us, one that is already filled with ongoing competing global challenges, what are some of the opportunities that lie ahead, moving beyond responding to crises? How can we benefit from hindsight, and achieve greater clarity? These issues are explored in the recent highlights.

New Publication: Private Security’s Accountabilities within Polycentric Assemblages
Thu, 09 Jul 2020 - 12:00

New article from Clifford Shearing and Julie Berg, University of Glasgow. This article reflects on the multiple ways in which private security can, and is, being held responsible and accountable to the public (and other security providers), in formalised, polycentric, or nodal assemblages.