The thematic group Wildlife Crime focuses on research topics related to the spatiotemporal elements of poaching and anti-poaching patrols, the characteristics of offenders, how offender networks are organised, and the role of prosecutions in deterring future crimes. It is also interested with empirical evaluations of anti-poaching interventions such as rapid-response teams, alternative-livelihood programmes and the use of remote sensing technology to help monitor animal and poacher behaviour.
This thematic group has numerous national and international collaborations. As examples, a first collaboration is with Craig Spencer, Senior Warden of Balule Olifants West Nature Reserve in South Africa, to study the criminal location choices of rhino poachers. Next, the thematic group closely works together with Will Moreto of the University of Central Florida, Milind Tambe’s group at the University of Southern California, but also with practitioners from the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Uganda Conservation Foundation.
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