Centre Members discuss environmental victimisation at British Society of Criminology Annual Conference

July 2016

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Jack Lampkin and Matthew Hall were both in Nottingham this month to present the latest findings from his ongoing work on victims of environmental harm. In his paper, Jack presented a cost-benefit analysis of the potential social and environmental risks and benefits of fracking in order to provide a lens through which to guide public policy on the issue. The classic philosophical theory of utilitarianism was outlined and then re-applied to the assessment of the risks and benefits of fracking. Hall presented a legal and criminological analysis of so-called 'environmental refugees' - people and groups displaced from their homes/countries by the impacts of environmental harms. Matthew argued that such groups are prone to high levels of victimisation including being at risk of trafficking and finding themselves compelled to commit other crimes. Nevertheless, at present, there is a distinct lack of support or legal regulation to assist these kinds of migrants who usually fall outside legal understandings of and protections afforded to 'refugees'. Both papers went down very well with conference participants and stimulated many questions from the floor