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Green Criminology

An Introduction to the Study of Environmental Harm, 1st Edition

By Rob White, Diane Heckenberg


348 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Over the past ten years, the study of environmental harm and ‘crimes against nature’ has become an increasingly popular area of research amongst criminologists. This book represents the first international, comprehensive and introductory text for green criminology, offering a concise exposition of theory and concepts and providing extensive geographical coverage, diversity and depth to the many issues pertaining to environmental harm and crime.

Divided into three sections, the book draws on a range of international case studies and examples, and looks at the conceptual and methodological foundations of green criminology, before examining in detail areas of environmental crime and harm, and how they are addressed, including:

  • climate change and social conflict;
  • abuse and harm to animals;
  • threats to bio-diversity;
  • pollution and toxic waste;
  • environmental victims;
  • environmental regulation, law enforcement and courts;
  • environmental forensic studies;
  • environmental crime prevention.

Green Criminology is packed with pedagogical features, including dialogue boxes, case examples, discussion questions and lists of further reading and is perfect for students around the world engaged with green criminology and crime against the environment.


The significance of the issues discussed in this book has been evident since the 1970s, and a textbook which considers green criminology and environmental harms is much needed. This book is long overdue.

Diane Westerhuis, Lecturer at Charles Stuart University, Australia

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Conceptual and Methodological Foundations 1.Green Criminology and Environmental Crime 2. Eco-global Criminology and Transnational Environmental Crime 3. Eco-Justice and Ecocide 4. Dimensions of Environmental Crime 5. Researching Environmental Harm Part 2: Transgression and Victimisation 6. Climate Change and Social Conflict 7. Abuse and Harm to Animals 8. Threats to Biodiversity 9. Pollution and Toxic Waste 10. Environmental Victims Part 3: Intervention and Prevention 11.Environmental Regulation12.Environmental Law Enforcement13.Environmental Forensic Studies14.Environmental Courts15.Environmental Crime PreventionConclusion

About the Authors

Rob White is Professor of Criminology at the University of Tasmania, Australia, and author of Crimes Against Nature, Global Environmental Harm, Environmental Crime: A Reader and Transnational Environmental Crime, all published by Routledge.

Diane Heckenberg is a Research Associate in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania, Australia, and recently completed a PhD on toxic toys and the transference of harm.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology

Author Interview

Watch an interview with author Rob White