Dr Emiline Smith is a Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social and Political Sciences, and a member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, at the University of Glasgow. She is a Fellow at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong. Emiline is also a member of the Trafficking Culture Research Consortium, a group of researchers that works to produce evidence-based information about the global illicit trade in cultural objects, and the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. Emiline's research concerns the trafficking of ‘special’ commodities, such as antiquities and wildlife. Her research primarily focuses on Asia. She explores how and why participants take part in illicit transnational trades, and how urban settings, especially so-called ‘global cities’ and freeports, facilitate such trade. She is further interested in plastic waste disposal and its impact on marine environments.