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The New Front Line: Resilience Policing. ESI Quick Bites 4th Edition, August 2021
Wed, 01 Sep 2021 - 15:15
The August issue of the Evolving Securities Initiative Quick Bites can be accessed here >>>

 ESI Quick Bites is a monthly newsletter featuring  interesting publications on New Worlds, New Harmscapes.


Lindela Mjenxane new Estelle Yach GRG Fellow
Thu, 05 Aug 2021 - 08:30
Lindela Mjexane has been appointed as an Estelle Yach GRG Fellow In recognition of his work and achievements in environmental education. The Estelle Yach GRG Fellowships are given in recognition of outstanding contributions to environmental education. Lindela is  acknowledged for his role in building environmentally conscious young people and educating them about sustainability and the environment, in order to help them escape the trap of poverty.    
Ethics of Online Research into Illicit Trade of Cultural & Natural Resources
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 - 09:00

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".

The Transform Project
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 - 08:00

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. 

Research Report: Community and community practitioners' attitudes, perspectives and perceptions of protected areas, conservation and community safety in the context of illegal wildlife trade,
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 - 01:30

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.

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.