Environmental Crime and Technology

Tuesday 12th September 2017
University of South Wales
Cardiff, UK

Conference Programme

10:00 – 10:20: 
Registration and Refreshments

10:20 – 10:45: 
Dr Jennifer Maher and Professor Rob White

10:45 – 11.45: 
Forest crime detection and prevention with forest communities and GPS cameras in the Brazilian Amazon
Tim Boekhout van Solinge

11.50 – 12.50: 
Wildlife trafficking goes cyber: myths, trends, and challenges
Dr Anita Lavorgna

12:50 – 13:45: 

13:45 – 14:10:
Ignite Session 1
Andrew Lemieux: Site Security in Africa and Asia: Technology vs. Humans
Tanya Wyatt: USAID’s Wildlife Crime Technology Challenge.

14:15 – 15:15:
DOTCOM Waste project
Dr. Federico Magalini

15:15 – 15:35:
Comfort Break & Refreshments

15:35 – 15:55:
Ignite session 2
Adrian Evans: The Life + SMART Waste Project: The identification and piloting of new techniques to tackle waste crime
Neil Harrison & Pam Jordan: FlyMapper – A web based application for the recording and management of fly-tipping incidents

16:00 – 17:00:
Food, Genetic Technologies and Knowledge Politics
Professor Reece Walters

17:00 – 17:20:
Closing Remarks

17:30 – 20:30:
Informal drinks & dinner

Speaker Information and Biographies

Tim Boekhout van Solinge
Independent Criminological Consultant and Forest Criminologist Founder/owner of Forest Crime Consultancy, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Forest crime detection and prevention with forest communities and GPS cameras in the Brazilian Amazon

Tim Boekhout van Solinge is a geographer (MA) and criminologist (PhD) who is specialized in forest crimes in equatorial rainforests, in particular illegal logging, deforestation and related crimes and conflicts. He has over a decade of research and fieldwork experience on some of the frontlines of illegal logging and deforestation, such as in the interior of Borneo and particularly in the Amazon Rainforest. From 2010-2016 he led an international project aimed at analyzing and mitigating crimes and conflicts in the Brazilian Amazon. In this context he also started a collaboration with the state Prosecutors Office in the state of Para, Brazil’s state with the highest deforestation rates and most logging and deforestation related violence. He also set up a (pilot) project of Community Forest Watch with forest communities.

In 2016 Tim was one of the seven lead authors of the Global Forest Expert Panel (GFEP) on Illegal Timber, responsible for the criminological chapter “Organized Forest Crime”. The report, Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade, was officially launched at the UN Summit on Biodiversity in December 2016: http://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/illegal-timber-rapid-response/report/. In 2016, after over two decades in academia, Tim left university in order to dedicate himself more fully and more concretely to forest preservation, such as by using insights and experiences from criminology. In November 2016 he founded his own criminological consultancy firm: Forest Crime Consultancy.

Dr Anita Lavorgna
Lecturer in Criminology, University of Southampton – Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, UK
Wildlife trafficking goes cyber: myths, trends, and challenges

Anita Lavorgna is Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Southampton (UK). Her research interests include global and comparative criminology, organised crime, and cybercrime. Her expertise on environmental crime focuses on the intersections with these topics, and particularly on the use of new technologies as facilitators for wildlife trafficking. She has authored and co-authored a book and several articles in peer-reviewed international journals on these topics.

Dr Federico Magalini
United Nations University, SCYCLE Programme, Vice Rectorate in Europe, Germany
DOTCOM Waste project

Federico Magalini, a Mechanical Engineer, holds a PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano University. He focuses his research & consultancy activities on e-waste management and is an author of more than 30 publications in national, international journals and conference proceedings, as well as co-author of the first Italian book on e-waste management, published in 2005.

As a Research Associate since 2005 at UNU-IAS SCYCLE, Federico has been working with the Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative on e-waste, including the studies for the European Commission on the review of the WEEEDirective; he is currently focusing on capacity building projects mainly in developing countries as project manager of Ewaste Academy – Managers Edition.

Between 2008 and 2011 Federico has also been working as Quality & Operations Manager in Italian take-back system, and in 2011 he founded CYRCLE, his own consulting company, in addition to his UNU-related activities. From 2017 he is also the Managing Director of the newly launched UK branch of Sofies International.

Professor Reece Walters
Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Law, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Food, Genetic Technologies and Knowledge Politics

Professor Reece Walters is Director of the Crime and Justice Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia. He was formerly Head of Social Policy and Criminology at the Open University in the UK. His research focusses on crimes and harms against the ‘essentials of life, notably the ways in which states and corporations manipulate and exploit food, water and air for power and profit. He has published several books in this area including Eco Crime and Genetically Modified (2011), Emerging issues in Green Criminology (2013) with Tanya Wyatt and Diane Solomon, and Too Much, Too Little, Too Dirty – Crime and Water Security in the 21 St Century (2017) with Avi Brisman, Nigel South and Bill McClanahan.

Ignite Speakers

Adrian Evans
Natural Resources Wales

Adrian Evans is currently the Principal Crime Analyst at Natural Resources Wales and was previously an Interventions Officer working as part of the Life+ SMART Waste Project team. Adrian has nearly 15 years’ experience in environmental regulation and tackling environmental crime.

Neil Harrison
Fly-tipping Action Wales

Neil Harrison, GPS Project Officer for Fly-tipping Action Wales project manages the development of the FlyMapper system in Wales. Over the last few years Neil has worked with Zero Waste Scotland to roll out this improved system to Local Authorities and private organisations involved in tackling fly-tipping. Neil has a BSc (Hons) Design and Innovation.

Pam Jordan
Fly-tipping Action Wales

Pam Jordan, Project Co-ordinator for Fly-tipping Action Wales has fed in to the development of the FlyMapper system. Pam has a background in enforcement from a variety of roles including: Police Officer, Environmental Crime Officer and Intelligence Officer.

AM Lemieux
Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR)

Since 2010, Andrew has worked at the NSCR as a post-doc and then as a researcher. His current research focuses on the spatial and temporal elements of wildlife crime within protected areas with a specialisation in understanding and planning ranger patrols. Andrew is a member of the Wildlife Crime Cluster and the Spatial-temporal Cluster. He previously earned his PhD (2010) in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, examining the risk of violent victimisation Americans are exposed to in different activities and places.

Tanya Wyatt
Northumbria University

Tanya is Associate Professor in Criminology; Co-lead of Environmental and Global Justice theme; Acting Director of Research Department: Social Sciences languages. Her research focuses on green crimes, such as wildlife trafficking and animal welfare, and these crimes’ intersection with organized crime and terrorism. She also conducts research around invisible crimes, including crimes of the powerful such as bio-piracy.

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