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Dr. Annette Hübschle-Finch


Professor Mark Shaw, Director of The Centre of Criminology, UCT



Annette Hübschle-Finch is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre of Criminology. She is setting up the Environmental Security Observatory (ESO), a joint initiative of the Centre, the Global Risk Governance Programme (located in the Institute for Humanities in Africa at UCT) and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Her current research focuses on the governance of safety and security, with a specific focus on illegal wildlife economies and the ecosystems that support them, as well as their intersections with legal economies.  


Before joining UCT, Annette was a doctoral student and researcher in the Illegal Markets research group at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. Her doctoral research explored why illegal markets in rhino horn are so resilient in spite of the myriad measures employed to disrupt them. Part of the fieldwork involved her following rhino horn from the African bush to consumer markets in Asia. In the past, Annette worked for one of Africa’s leading applied policy research institutes, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Annette was first a researcher, and then a senior researcher with the Organized Crime and Money Laundering Programme in the Cape Town offices of the ISS between 2002 and 2011. She led and conducted research into organized crime and terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa, which relied heavily on fieldwork and networking with stakeholders from intergovernmental, regional, national and law enforcement entities, civil society and academia. Annette has also worked as a researcher, consultant, and practitioner on a variety of organized crime, environmental security and broader African security issues. She also acts as a senior research advisor to the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.

Research Interests:

Her research interests include environmental security, the society/conservation nexus, organized crime and the structure of illegal markets.

 Recent Publications:


Hübschle, A. (2016). Security coordination in an illegal market: The transnational trade in rhinoceros horn, Politikon, Available here.

Hübschle, A. (2016).The social economy of rhino poaching: Of economic freedom fighters, professional hunters and marginalized local people, Current Sociology, Available here.

Hübschle, A. (2016). A Game of Horns: Transnational Flows of Rhino, Studies on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy, Cologne: International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy, Available here.  

Hübschle, A. (2014). Of Bogus Hunters, Queenpins and Mules: The Varied Roles of Women in Transnational Organized Crime in Southern Africa, Trends in Organized Crime 17:1–2,  Available here.  

Hübschle, A. & van der Spuy, E. (2012). Organised Crime and Law Enforcement in Southern Africa: The Challenges Confronting Research.  SADC Law Journal 2(2): 319-334. Available here. 

Hübschle, A. (2011). From Theory to Practice: Exploring the Organised Crime-Terror in Nexus in Sub-Saharan Africa, Perspectives on Terrorism 5(3-4): 81-95. Available here. 

Hübschle, A. (2010). Organised Crime in Southern Africa: First Annual Review, ISS Special Report, Available here.