Special Edition: Green Criminology Matters, Guest Editors’ Introduction


In 1998 the journal Theoretical Criminology published an innovative special issue on green criminology, which was compiled by two of the editors of the present collection. The focus of that special issue was a plea for the theoretical development of green criminological approaches to our relationships with ‘nature’, including how we adversely affect the state of the environment and the lives of nonhuman animals (henceforth, ‘animals’). Work in this new field has since continued apace. The study of harms against humanity, the environment and other species – inflicted systematically by powerful profit-seeking entities and on an everyday basis by ordinary people – is increasingly seen as a social concern of extraordinary importance. Green criminology matters! ...

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Published: 2014-08-01
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Wyatt, T., Beirne, P. and South, N. (2014) “Special Edition: Green Criminology Matters, Guest Editors’ Introduction”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 3(2), pp. 1-4. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v3i2.177.

Author Biographies

Tanya Wyatt is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom. She is interested in all things relating to green criminology, particularly the illegal wildlife trade, but also destruction, smuggling and theft of other natural resources. Tanya was the Principal Investigator on the ESRC Green Criminology Research Seminar Series.
University of Southern Maine
 United States


Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies

Professor South has taught at various universities in London and New York and between 1981 and 1990 worked as a Research Sociologist at the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence (now Drugscope), London, before returning to the Department in 1990.
He has previously served on the editorial boards of Sociology, The International Journal of Drug Policy, and The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, and continues to serve on the board of Critical Criminology and as an Associate Editor of the USA journal, Deviant Behavior. He is currently an Adjunct Professor, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
Following roles as Director of the Health and Social Services Institute,Head of the Department of Health and Human Sciences, and Director of Health Partnerships, he is now Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Law and Management, and Academic Partnerships.