Organized environmental crimes

A Talk by Yuliya Zabyelina, Dr. Meredith Gore, Juneseo Hwang and Willis Okumu
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, University of Maryland, Queen's University Belfast and

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In this session, Willis Okumu will deliver a presentation on the trafficking of sandalwood in Kenya, which examines the networks of state and non-state actors that facilitate the illicit trade of the East-African sandalwood tree–resulting in significant environmental harm and deforestation within community forests in Northern Kenya. Juneseo Hwang will then present on the topic of waste crime, examining how dissident paramilitaries and organized criminal gangs have infiltrated legal businesses in post-Agreement Northern Ireland by focusing on the example of the illegal Mobuoy Dump. The session will conclude with a presentation by Meredith Gore about place-network investigations of sea cucumber trafficking in Mexico.

Yuliya Zabyelina

Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)

Dr. Meredith Gore

human dimensions of global environmental change, conservation criminology, environmental risk perception, community-based conservation, participatory mapping, interdisciplinary science teams, science diplomacy, fieldwork

Willis Okumu

PhD in Social Anthropology


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