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Gated Adaptation during the Cape Town Drought: Mentalities, Transitions and Pathways to Partial Nodes of Water Security
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 - 08:45

This article by Nick Simpson and Clifford Shearing, GRG, together with Benoit Dupont, University of Montreal, illustrates how mentalities govern private responses to risk.  This article highlights the importance of mental frames in the selection of adaptation pathways. 

To Stop Wildlife Crime, Conservationists Ask Why People Poach
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 - 08:30

Most people imprisoned in Nepal for wildlife crime share two things in common: they did not understand the seriousness of their offense, and they had little conception of how profoundly it would impact not only their lives but also the lives of their families.

According to Annette Hübschle, a criminologist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, who was not involved in the Nepal research but has interviewed rhino poachers in South Africa and Mozambique, the study provides “important, novel perspectives” on the motivations, drivers and impacts of people who engage in wildlife crime in Nepal. Yet she would have liked to see a deeper analysis on whether historical injustices, land evictions and political marginalization motivated people to retaliate or seek to reclaim land perceived as unfairly taken from them. Hübschle also wonders whether offenders agree or disagree with anti-poaching rules. In southern Africa, for example, some communities contest the illegality of poaching, pointing out that hunting was their right prior to colonization. In Nepal, she says, “future research might want to explore this in more detail.”

Evolving Securities Initiative - ESI Highlights
Mon, 23 Dec 2019 - 18:15

This edition of the ESI highlights explores the re-imaginings that ESI members are undertaking, their efforts in reshaping responses to new harmscapes and what spurs them on in their quest - be it an out-of-the-box podcast or a book worth re-reading.

Strategic Responses to Grand Challenges: Why and How Corporations Build Community Resilience
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 - 20:00

A recently published journal article in the Journal of Business Ethics by Ralph Hamann, Lulamile Makaula, Gina Ziervogel, Clifford Shearing and Alan Zhang titled 'Strategic Responses to Grand Challenges: Why and How Corporations build Community Resilience' is available online through open-access. The article explores why and how corporations seek to build community resilience as a strategic response to grand challenges. 

Annette Hubschle appointed to the National Wildlife Poisoning Prevention Working Group (NWPPWG)
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 - 09:45

Dr Annette Hubschle, a senior researcher, with the Global Risk Governance programme, Law Faculty, University of Cape Town, has been appointed to the National Wildlife Poisoning Prevention Working Group (NWPPWG).

South Africa's struggle to manage wildlife ranching
Sun, 17 Nov 2019 - 16:45

Dr Tariro Kamuti, SANBI postdoctoral fellow, in the Global Risk Governance programme, Law Faculty, UCT, has a recent opinion piece in The Conversation titled 'South Africa's struggle to manage wildlife ranching.'

Special Issue on Governing Energy Transitions: Unconventional Gas, Renewables and their Environmental Nexus
Tue, 15 Oct 2019 - 10:30

Special Issue on Governing Energy Transitions, of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal (EPLJ Vol 36 Part 5), co-edited by Cameron Holley, Amanda Kennedy, Tariro Mutongwizo and Clifford Shearing.

Public Safety, Nodes and Governance: A Chat with Clifford Shearing
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 - 10:15

Among scholars of law and crime and practitioners of public safety, there is a pervasive view that only the public police can or should protect the public interest. Further, the prevailing perception is that the public police pre-dominantly governs through crime—that is, acts on harms as detrimental to the public good. We argue that governing harm through crime is not always the most effective way of producing public safety and security and that the production of public safety is not limited to public police forces. An approach of governing-through-harm that uses a variety of noncrime strategies and private security agents as participants in public safety is often more effective— and more legitimate—than the predominant governing- through-crime approach.

New Publication: The Policing of Flows: Challenging Contemporary Criminology
Tue, 27 Aug 2019 - 21:15

Rectifying the fact that little criminological attention has been paid to the notion that the security of flows increasingly embodies concerns at the heart of contemporary policing practices, this book contributes to knowledge about the policing and security governance of flows.

Climate Gating: A Case Study of Emerging Responses to Secure Resilience
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 - 14:30

GRGP scholars collaborate to provide an analysis of one of the major climate risks that have hit the Western Cape: water scarcity. Read the full article online >>>>

Evolving Securities Initiative
Wed, 07 Aug 2019 - 11:00

The Global Risk Governance programme, University of Cape Town,  is a co-ordinating node in the Evolving Securities Initiative in Cape Town.  Other nodes include the Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research, Glasgow University; the Governing and Policing Research Group, University of Ghent and the University of New South Wales. The Griffith Criminology Institute, with assistance from ProActive ReSolutions is the ESI’s coordinating node.The Evolving Securities Initiative (ESI) was created with the aim of bringing together scholars and professionals from across the globe to develop responses to 21st century harmscapes.

Schattenwirtschaft: Die Macht der illegalen Märkte (Shadow markets: The might of illegal markets)
Mon, 08 Jul 2019 - 13:00

Counterfeit commodities and sweatshops in Argentina, diamonds in Sierra Leone and rhinoceros horn in southern Africa are the research themes of Matias Dewey, Nina Engwicht and Annette Hübschle in this forthcoming book, to be released in September 2019.