International Environmental Crime and Security Conference 2018

Preliminary Conference Programme

9.30 Registration and refreshments

10:00 Gorazd Mesko – Water and Security

11:30 Davyth Stewart – The convergence of environmental crime and other serious crimes and its impact on national security

12:45 Lunch

14:00 Francis Masse – Thinking Through the Political Ecology of Wildlife Crime: Power, Biodiversity, Security, and the Changing Politics of Conservation

15.30 Grant Pink – Environmental Crime and Security: The role of regulatory, enforcement, policing, security, and other professionals

17.10 Ragnhild Sollund (Chair) – Environmental Crime and Security beyond Humans

19:00 Dinner (not provided as part of the event, attendance will require a separate payment on the day)

Speaker Information and Biographies

Professor Gorazd Mesko

Gorazd Meško has worked at the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security since 1992. He has conducted numerous national and international research projects, and organised national and international criminological conferences.
He received the Zois award for his contributions to social sciences from the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Slovenia in 2014. He has been the International Ambassador of the British Society of Criminology since the autumn 2015. He is also responsible for a doctoral programme in Criminal Justice and Security.

Davyth Stewart

Davyth Stewart is the Coordinator for Natural Resources with INTERPOL’s Environmental Security Programme.
His is responsible for the management of Project LEAF (Law Enforcement Assistance for Forests), including the specialised teams based in South east Asia, the Amazon region and at the INTERPOL headquarters in France.
Davyth has over 20 years experience working for governments, private sector and NGOs. His experience includes working as the Senior Legal Officer at the NSW Crime Commission (in Sydney, Australia) and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (in London and Northern Ireland), where he was responsible for investigating organised crime and tracing criminal proceeds. He has worked on environmental crime issues through a number of UN conventions and international environmental forums, including UN-REDD, UNFCCC and CITES. He has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom, Africa and is currently based in France.

Dr. Francis Masse

Francis joined the University of Sheffield in January 2018 as a postdoctoral research fellow with the ERC funded BIOSEC project. The project examines the connections between biodiversity conservation, the illegal wildlife trade, and security concerns. He completed his PhD in Geography at York University in Toronto, Canada in the winter of 2017. For his PhD research he conducted an ethnography of anti-poaching and conservation security in the Mozambique-South Africa borderlands where rhino poaching and the responses to it are at their most intense. Drawing on this research, his dissertation examined the micro-politics of conservation security and how the shifting realities and concerns of commercial poaching are (re-)shaping the logics and practices of anti-poaching, security, conservation, and the processes through which certain species, spaces, and movements are secured. Francis research was supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship and Foreign Study Supplement and his dissertation was awarded outstanding dissertation in Geography by York University for the 2017 year.

Dr. Grant Pink

Grant has more than 25 years regulatory and enforcement experience spanning practitioner, management, executive, academic, and consulting roles, having operated at local, state, national and international levels.
Grant has performed: operational roles as an authorised officer, inspector and investigator; support roles as an intelligence analyst, prosecutor and trainer; strategic roles as a regulatory manager and advisor: focussing on regulatory capacity building, regulatory governance and performance,
and regulatory policy development at a whole-of-agency and whole-of-government level.
Grant’s final assignment as a public servant saw him seconded to the Centre for Leadership and Learning within the Australian Public Service Commission, as a Regulatory Capability subject matter expert, to design, develop, and pilot the Regulatory Practitioners and Managers program.
Academically Grant has a MA by research in the area of environmental enforcement networks (2010), and a PhD which considered how environmental regulators built, maintained and sustained regulatory capability and capacity (2016).
Grant is an Adjunct Associate Professor (Regulation and Enforcement) in the School of Law at the University of New England. He has written more than twenty articles for practitioner and academic publications in the areas of regulatory practice, capacity building, networking and collaboration. In 2016 he co-edited Environmental Crime and Collaborative State Intervention with Professor Rob White.
Grant has also recently been appointed as the inaugural Academic Liaison to INTRERPOL’s Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee.
In 2016 Grant founded RECAP Consultants Pty Ltd (RECAP). RECAP is a specialist regulatory consultancy providing services domestically and internationally.

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