Illicit Economies in Asia: Changes, effects and futures

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In a moderated discussion, panellists provide an overview of their research on the varied illicit economies in Asia, in particular that of fraud and deception (online romance fraud), trafficking of wildlife, cultural objects and drugs. Panellists discuss what is distinct to these economies in Asia but also how they are connected to the global illicit economy. In doing so, we review the shifts and changes at the regional and global levels. Insights are shared into possible future developments in the illicit economies and the role Asia may play. The discussion will conclude with panellist sharing their experiences of researching illicit economies in Asia and how framing research in relation to illicit economies may facilitate impact.

Li-Fung Cho

Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong Sociology Department

Associate Professor Cassandra Cross

Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice

Karen Laidler

Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Criminology

Amanda Whitfort

Associate Professor in Law

Katie Lowe

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Criminology, University of Hong Kong

Emiline Smith

Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Glasgow, specializing in the trafficking of cultural and natural resources