Con·ser·va·tion crim·i·nol·o·gy (n):
a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach to understanding and addressing environmental crimes and risks

Conservation Criminology is a research framework developed in 2006 at MSU to advance the study of environmental crimes and risks that occur at the intersection of human and natural systems. The framework integrates the fields of criminology and criminal justice, conservation and natural resource management, and risk and decision science to offer broader theoretical perspectives on environmental problems and to expand the types of interventions used to address them. The ultimate goal is to use Conservation Criminology related research, teaching, and engagement to help reduce environmental crimes and risks at the local, national, and international levels.

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Matt Gammans, an undergraduate student in enginnering, won first prize in the Sustainability, Policy and Governance section of the Environmental Science and Policy water conference. Matt is working with Conservation Criminology faculty Drs. Jade Mitchell, Carole Gibbs and Louie Rivers.


Conservation Criminology faculty members Ed McGarrell and Carole Gibbs served as a panelist and discussant at the April 2014 Wildlife Criminology Symposium sponsered by the World Bank and the U.S. State Department.