Nigel South Tim Edmunds Mercedes Rosello Anna Sergi Scott Edwards

Towards a ‘blue’ criminology: How should we study transnational organised crime at sea?

A Talk by Professor Nigel South , Professor Tim Edmunds , Dr. Scott Edwards , Dr. Mercedes Rosello and Professor Anna Sergi

About this Talk

Transnational organised crime at sea is a growing international concern. These ‘blue crimes’, including piracy, smuggling, and environmental crimes such as illegal fishing, challenge maritime security law enforcement practitioners and ask new questions of academics and researchers. By their very nature, such crimes cross boundaries. They implicate different geographical spaces, including both land and sea; they take place across national borders and jurisdictional lines; they challenge existing (often terra-centric) regional constructs; and they evidence important intersections and linkages across and between different criminal activities and networks. In consequence, the study of blue crime is not easily confined to neat disciplinary silos. It requires insight, work and dialogue across and between multiple relevant disciplines: criminology and green criminology, international relations and security studies, law, development studies, and political geography amongst others. But how can such work take place productively? What pitfalls does it face? And what contribution can it make to the fight against transnational organised crime at sea? This panel brings together a multi-disciplinary group of experts to consider these questions. In so doing, it outlines the contours of a new blue criminology, considers the scope and promise of such an approach, and reflect on what a blue criminological research agenda might look like going forward.

01 December 2021, 01:00 PM

01:00 PM - 02:15 PM

About The Speakers

Nigel South

Professor Nigel South

University of Essex


Tim Edmunds

Professor Tim Edmunds

University of Bristol


Scott Edwards

Dr. Scott Edwards

Research Associate, University of Bristol

Scott Edwards is a research associate on the Transnational Organised Crime at Sea project. He currently researches various 'blue crimes' and responses to them in the Indo-Pacific.


Mercedes Rosello

Dr. Mercedes Rosello

Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University


Anna Sergi

Professor Anna Sergi

University of Essex

Professor at the University of Essex in the UK where she lectures on criminology, organised crime and crimes of globalisation.