The BIOSEC project critically examines the growing inter-relationships between biodiversity conservation and security.
BIOSEC – Biodiversity and Security: Understanding Environmental Crime, illegal wildlife trade and threat finance – is a four-year project, funded by a EURO 1.8million European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigator Grant. The Prinicipal Investigator is Professor Rosaleen Duffy, Professor of International Politics at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, who works alongside Jared Margulies, Francis Masse (Post-Doctoral Fellows), Hannah Dickinson, Laure Joanny (Doctoral Researchers) and Ruth Wilson (Project Manager). BIOSEC also has an Advisory Board comprising of academic and non-academic partners who have relevant research and policy interests, and a wider network of BIOSEC Fellows with research interests in political ecology, conflict, conservation and environmental politics.
Running until August 2020, BIOSEC will look into what constitutes an environmental crime, the responses by the European Union to the illegal wildlife trade, and how new technology is being used to tackle poaching and trafficking. The project aims to generate new data on the illegal wildlife trade to demonstrate the ways that biodiversity protection and security are linked, as well as providing new approaches to understanding the links between the two.
With policy-makers urgently needing more information in order to design more effective and socially just responses, the BIOSEC project team will also produce policy relevant information to assist and support in practical actions to protect wildlife across the globe.
(From L-R: Rosaleen Duffy, Ruth Wilson, Francis Masse, Jared Margulies, Hannah Dickinson, Laure Joanny)