Our Mission

We at SE seek to present, curate, and generate criminological knowledge for the sustainable management of natural resources, protection of endangered species, habitats, and ecosystems, and promotion of welfare among natural resource dependent communities. We are motivated by our shared fascination with the natural world, grave concern over the unfolding conservation crime crisis, and deep care for peoples that depend upon the natural world.

It is our hope that SE becomes a leading source of information on criminological theory, research methods, and tools for the broad benefit of professional conservationists, natural resource managers, conservation researchers and students, and concerned citizens and communities around the world. 

Our Values

In order to facilitate a more effective collaboration, we at SE endeavor to uphold four core values. 

  • Prevention Rather Than Punishment. We share a unifying belief that law enforcement is most effective when citizens have strong voluntary motivations to obey the law and help enforce it. We therefore focus on how more legally-compliant behaviors may be promoted, rather than how past non-compliant behaviors might be punished. In other words, we promote legal sanctions for offenders only to the extent that they might prevent further harm to wildlife, natural resource dependent communities, and the broader natural world.

  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Illegal activities are a significant threat to resource sustainability and the preservation of biodiversity across the globe, yet formal criminological theory and knowledge for the practice of conservation law enforcement remains limited. We therefore seek to promote cross-cutting and forward-thinking dialogue and intellectual collaboration within our team and amongst other criminologists, conservationists, and key conservation actors.

  • Non-Ideological Exploration. We believe there is value in taking a non-ideological position on how the field of criminology should engage with conservation issues, so we do not limit ourselves to any of the field's contemporary sub-disciplines (e.g., crime science) or conservation-related research frameworks (e.g., green criminology). We also seek to be clear about our positions and biases when we think they might affect our interpretation of data and research.

  • Knowledge Over Information. We recognize that the reader's time is important, so we aim to write with clear purpose and concise wording, and to consider the practical implications of criminological theory, methods, and tools.