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February 2013

Colorado State University Lecture: “Toxic Crimes and Environmental Injustice: Research in the Sacrifice Zones”

On March 11th, IGCWG Member Dr. Melissa Jarrell will be giving a lecture at Colorado State University. Her talk is titled “Toxic Crimes and Enviornmental Injustice: Research in the Sacrifice Zones” and is part of the Sociology in Progress Lecture Series.

The talk will be held from noon to 1 P.M. on March 11th in the Lory Student Center Room 228 at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Here is a copy of the event flyer:
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Call for Chapters: “Europe & the New Austerity: Case Studies in Social, Financial & Environmental Sustainability”

The Advances in Sustainability and Environmental Justice Series with Emerald Group Publishing

(Formerly Advances in Ecopolitics)

Is issuing a call for chapters for Volume 1 of our new series:

Europe & the New Austerity: Case Studies in Social, Financial & Environmental Sustainability
(Leonard & Gurdgiev Eds.)

This book will focus on three concepts of sustainability:

1) Fiscal / economic / social sustainability
2) Financial sustainability (sector risks etc)
3) Environmental sustainability

In addition, contributors should focus on international aspects of austerity, such as:

1) The economics of austerity covering monetary-v-fiscal adjustments, expansionary fiscal contraction, stability policies (IMF v EU) and international comparative case studies.

2) Country-specific experiences: Iceland, Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal, as well as more structural adjustment countries – Sweden, Finland, Belgium etc.

3) The social aspects of austerity, impacts, outcomes, futures etc.

4) The political dimension (including analyses of European Social Model).

5) Environmental Sustainability in a European context.

* Submission date for Chapters will be July 30th 2013.

* Proposed Publication date will be Winter 2013/2014

Submit abstracts and chapters to the Volume Editors at the following:

Liam Leonard:
Constantin Gurdgiev:


Liam Leonard, Constantin Gurdgiev;

The Green Criminology Monthly #6 – February 2013

This is the sixth issue of The Green Criminology Monthly by the IGCWG. Written and reviewed by the members of the International Green Criminology Working Group, The Green Criminology Monthly is a source of original research and publication on green criminology, environmental crime, and other issues concerning criminology. Each month a issue of this publication will be posted to our blog.

The article is available below in its full form, and is also available as a downloadable PDF and DOC file on our Monthly Archive Page.

Species Justice: The Future Protection of Wildlife and the Reform of Wildlife Laws.
Dr. Angus Nurse
School of Social Sciences
Birmingham City University


Species justice discourse considers the responsibility man owes to other species as part of broader ecological concerns. Man, as the dominant species on the planet, has considerable potential to destroy nonhuman animals, or, through effective laws and criminal justice regimes, to provide for effective animal protection. Benton suggests that ‘it is widely recognized that members of other animal species and the rest of non-human nature urgently need to be protected from destructive human activities’ (1998: 149). Wildlife laws are an integral part of species justice and provide a means through which contemporary criminal justice can extend beyond traditional human ideals of justice as a punitive or rehabilitative ideal, to incorporate shared concepts of reparative and restorative justice between humans and non-human animals. However animals, particularly wild animals, are often viewed solely in relation to their economic or property value. Thus legal protection for wildlife often exists only so far as wildlife use corresponds with human interests in using animals for food or other forms of commercial exploitation (e.g. trade in skins, parts or derivatives).

Wildlife campaigners in the UK , US and across Europe have consistently argued for stronger…

Publication Announcement: “The Distribution of Water-Monitoring Organizations Across States”

IGCWG Members Michael J. Lynch and Paul B. Stretesky have a new article out on the process of water-monitoring across different states. This paper is the first to draw upon the ideas found in the community oriented policing literature to examine water-monitoring organizations. See below for a table with the full details. The paper is available in Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 36 Iss: 1.

Michael J. Lynch, Paul B. Stretesky, (2013) “The Distribution of Water-Monitoring Organizations across States: Implications for Community Environmental Policing and Social Justice”, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 36 Iss: 1

Article type:
Research paper

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – Purpose. This paper draws upon concepts in community oriented policing to explore the distribution of citizen water monitoring organizations and their role in community environmental policing in order to address the issue of environmental justice. The empirical portion of the analysis examines the distribution of these organizations across states, and the relationship of this distribution to social inequity.

Design/methodology/approach – Design. This study design is cross-sectional in nature and examines the distribution and density of 1,308 citizen water-monitoring organizations across states. Ordinary least squares regression is used to examine the relationship between the density and social disadvantage while controlling for environmental enforcement patterns, rates of non-compliance, water quality, region of the country, water area, and coastal states.

Findings – Findings. Race and ethnicity are negatively correlated with the density of water-monitoring organizations across states. Median household income is positively correlated with water-monitoring organizations across states.


Animal Harm by Angus Nurse out now, newest entry in Ashgate’s Green Criminology Series.


Angus Nurse’s new book on animal ethics was released last month. Animal Harm: Perspectives on Why People Harm and Kill Animals, explores the reasons why people commit violence against animals. This is the second release in Ashgate’s Green Criminology Series. (See bottom of post for Contents List)

“Why do people harm, injure, torture and kill animals? This book evaluates the reasons why these crimes are committed and outlines the characteristics of the animal offender. It considers ethical and value judgements made about animals and the tacit acknowledgement and justification of unacceptable criminal behaviour towards the harming of animals made by offenders. Situating animal abuse, wildlife crime, illegal wildlife trading and other unlawful activities directed at animals firmly within Green Criminology, the book contends that this is a distinct, multi-dimensional type of criminality which persists despite the introduction of relevant legislation. Taking a broad approach, the book considers the killing and harming of animals in an international context and examines the effectiveness of current legislation, policy and sentencing.

Including a section on further reading and useful organizations, this book is a valuable exploration into perspectives on the responsibility owed by man to animals as part of broader ecological and legal concerns. It will interest criminologists, ecologists, animal protectionists and those interested in law and society and law and the environment.”


Animal Harm by Angus Nurse is available for purchase now from Ashgate’s website for $108/£58.50. North and South American buyers visit this link, for the rest of the world the book is available here. North and South American orders will ship within the next four weeks.

The Green Criminology Series is a collaborative effort by many members of the IGCWG. The series is edited by Dr. Michael J. Lynch and Dr. Paul Stretesky, long-time green…

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