Hannah’s PhD project seeks to interrogate the framing of wildlife trafficking as a “serious” and “organized crime”. The project will explore what effects the framing of wildlife crime as an organized crime has had upon EU regulatory mechanisms, and will study this via the case study of the illegal trade in caviar within the EU.
The characterisation of illegal wildlife trade as a criminal issue rather than a conservation issue has resulted in the emergence of regulatory strategies that are informed by security logics, and represent a so-called ‘securitization of criminal wildlife practices.’
The EU is the world’s largest caviar importer, and the illegal trade of caviar within the EU has been linked to organized criminal groups and enterprises. Responding to this, Hannah’s research will ‘Follow-the-Policy’, from centres of EU policy-making in Brussels and The Hague, to downstream sites of policy implementation at important nodes in the caviar production network. ‘Following-the-Policy’ will seek to determine:
- What discourses are driving policy formulation
- What actors are involved in regulating and monitoring the illegal caviar trade
- What methods and strategies are being employed to counter the illicit trade
Hannah started her PhD in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield in September 2016 after being awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Studentship. She worked for the Faculty of Social Sciences for a year previously, having recently completed an MSc in Geopolitics and Security at Royal Holloway, University of London (2015), and a BA Geography at the University of Oxford (2014).
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