Conservation crime is a global problem with broad social impacts. No socioenvironmental system is immune. Interdisciplinary approaches, like conservation criminology, offer novel opportunities for innovation and solutions. However, its utility depends on serious reflection on the transposition of crime approaches to conservation contexts, which may differ in meaningful ways from traditional crime contexts. I will use case studies on illegal fishing in Mexico and wildlife trafficking in Vietnam to facilitate dialogue about the importance, opportunities and challenges of deepening integration of crime and conservation sciences.
Dr. Meredith L. Gore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at University of Maryland; National Academies of Sciences Jefferson Science Fellow, and U.S. Department of State Intelligence Research Expert. Her research focuses on community-based conservation, conservation criminology, and human dimensions of global environmental change. She has been a member of SCB since 2006 and is Past-President of the Social Science Working Group. Follow her at @meredithgore and www.conservationcriminology.com.