Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

History of Green Criminology

  • Nigel SouthEmail author
  • Katja Eman
  • Gorazd Meško
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_283



This entry provides an overview of work in the developing field of “green criminology” (other terms and definitions will be described below). It discusses the breadth of topics covered in the literature, reviews some key contributions from writers in the field, and draws attention to some future directions for research.

Global extensions of environmental degradation are slowly but persistently breaking into every sphere of human life. Throughout the twentieth century and particularly following changes brought about by the First World War and accelerating after the Second, advanced societies have experienced complexity in their progress and development that has shaped changes in socioeconomic systems and in corresponding and linked criminal activities. Within this process, impacts on the environment have tended to be overlooked until relatively recently. Across the natural and social sciences, the preservation and sustainability of our...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of EssexColchesterUK
  2. 2.Faculty of Criminal Justice and SecurityUniversity of MariborMariborSlovenia