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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Queensland University of Technology 2202-8005 The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is an open access, blind peer-reviewed journal that publishes critical research about challenges confronting criminal justice systems around the world.  The Journal is committed to democratising quality knowledge production and dissemination. Authors retain copyright and articles are licenced via Creative Commons to make published articles more readily available and useable. There are no APCs (Article Processing Charges). Authors can submit and publish at no cost.
International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 9 2

'Little Development, Few Economic Opportunities and Many Difficulties': Climate Change From a Local Perspective


A southern criminology perspective on the study of climate change is overdue, given that climate change is a global phenomenon with localised effects. This article is a southern empirical criminological study of the colonial causes of, justice consequences of and southern responses to climate change. The study is based on four years of research in the Colombian Río Negro basin, undertaken by a multidisciplinary team of which I was part. My main argument is that the region contributes to climate change and heightening local risks primarily because of Western-imposed cultural ideas and production practices, and market demands. The article also discusses the idea of returning to southern traditional practices to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Pages:170 to 182
Section: Articles
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Author Biography

University of Oslo; Universidad Antonio Nariño
Norway Norway

David is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oslo, Norway; and an associate professor at the Universidad Antonio Nariño, Colombia. He holds a PhD in criminology from the University of Oslo, Norway. He is a lawyer by training, with postgraduate studies in criminal law and a masters in sociology from the Universidad Nacional, Colombia. His main field of research is green criminology, with a focus on biopiracy. His greatest contribution to the field is in the development of a Southern Green Criminology.