Call for Papers: Green Criminological Dialogues: Voices from Africa


Guest Editors: David R. Goyes (University of Oslo, Norway), Annette Hübschle (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood (University of St Andrews, UK) and Nigel South (University of Essex, UK).

Most academic publications in the field of green criminology—concerned with all environmental crimes including water, forestry and maritime ones—were authored by scholars from Europe, USA and Australia. Nevertheless, the call for the ‘southernizing’ of criminology (Carrington et al, 2016), the appearance of a distinctive Southern green criminology (Goyes, 2019), and recent studies on maritime crime (Okafor-Yarwood, 2020), women in wildlife trafficking (Agu and Gore, 2020) and community responses to the illegal wildlife trade (Hübschle and Shearing, 2022 forthcoming; Hübschle, 2017) shed light on the need to recognise the wide range of work on environmental crimes and harms engaged in by academics and activists in the global South and/or writing in languages other than English (Goyes and South, 2017).

Since then, an international group of critical criminologists have made efforts to establish a dialogue between green criminology as developed in northern locations and the environmental knowledge existent and incepted in the Global South. So far, several successful projects have been developed in this process, including the publication of three books (in English, Portuguese and Spanish) and of two special issues (‘Voices from Asia’, and ‘Voices from the Americas and Europe’) in the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

We want to engage in a dialogue with original thinkers from the African continent. This special edition is therefore a consolidating step in furthering the above-mentioned dialogue between the North and the South, which positively exploits the Southern endogenous knowledge around ‘green’ (and marine/‘blue’) criminological topics. Consequently, this special edition will be composed in its majority by articles authored by African authors and will seek to have geographical and gender representativity.

Therefore, we issue this call for papers about a topic of free choice connected with terrestrial or marine environmental conflict, destruction and/or resistance in Africa.

Date for completion of first drafts to be negotiated, please send us an abstract of 120-200 words no later than 30 June 2022 to:;; and

Date of publication: Early 2024

Final word length including references: 7000-8000 words

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Agu HU and Gore ML (2020) Women in wildlife trafficking in Africa: A synthesis of literature, Global Ecology and Conservation, 23,

Carrington K, Hogg R and Sozzo M (2016) Southern criminology, British Journal of Criminology 56(1): 1-20.

Goyes D and South N (2017) Green criminology before ‘green criminology’: Amnesia and absences’, Critical Criminology, 25(2): 165-181.

Goyes, DR (2019).0 Southern green criminology. A science to end ecological discrimination. Bingley: Emerald.

Hübschle A (2017) The social economy of rhino poaching: Of economic freedom fighters, professional hunters and marginalized local people, Current Sociology, 65(3): 427-447.

Hübschle A and Shearing C (forthcoming) Governing wildlife security: Towards pragmatic conservation. London: Routledge.

Okafor-Yarwood I (2020) The cyclical nature of maritime security threats: Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing as a threat to human and national security in the Gulf of Guinea. African Security 13(2): 116–46.

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