SACQ goes live, and call for expressions of interest for special issue on Organised Environmental Crime

20 Jun 2016 - 12:15

The Centre of Criminology is thrilled to announce that from June 2016, we will co-edit and publish the South African Crime Quarterly (SACQ) journal together with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). 

South African Crime Quarterly, first published in 1997, is an accredited interdisciplinary peer-reviewed open access journal publishing research on crime, criminal justice, crime prevention, and related matters including state and non-state responses to crime and violence. South Africa is the primary focus for the journal but articles that reflect research and analysis from other African countries are considered for publication, if they are of relevance to South Africa.

The SACQ's target audience includes policy makers, criminal justice practitioners, civil society researchers and academics. The journal aims to inform and influence policy making on violence prevention, crime reduction and criminal justice. Articles submitted to SACQ are double-blind peer-reviewed before publication.


To learn more, or to submit articles for consideration and peer review, please click hereThe June 2017 edition of the SACQ will be a special edition dedicated to environmental crimes. 


The SACQ Editorial Board consists of nine experts in criminology, law, human rights, crime prevention and control and policing from a range of institutions, including:

• Justice Jody Kollapen, High Court Judge, Gauteng 

• Dr Jonny Steinberg, Research Associate, Centre for Criminology, Oxford University 

• Adv Ann Skelton, Director, Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria 

• Dr Jamil Muguzi, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape 

• Associate Professor Cathy Ward, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Cape Town 

• Associate Professor Dee Smythe, Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town 

• Associate Professsor Lukas Muntingh, Project Coordinator – Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative, Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape • Professor Bill Dixon, Professor of Criminology, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham, UK 

• Professor Rudolph Zinn, Senior Lecturer, Forensic and Crime Investigation, University of South Africa 

SACQ goes live, and call for expressions of interest for special issue on Organised Environmental Crime 

We are pleased to anounce he first issue of South African Crime Quarterly to be published through our new partnership with the Institiute for Security Studies is now available online:

We are also excited to invite expressions of interest for articles to be included in a June 2017 edition of South African Crime Quarterly on Organised Environmental Crimes.

Once considered a green matter, wildlife crimes have been declared a priority crime issue in South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Rhino poaching, in particular, has captured the attention of the public, international community and government regulators.
Beyond rhino poaching, less charismatic plant and wildlife species are harvested and trafficked. The lesser-known pangolin is, for example, considered the most trafficked species in the world.  The illegal or irregular extraction of natural resources, logging, mining, overfishing, trafficking of toxic, nuclear or electronic waste, and industrial dumping have all become areas of concern.
A plethora of protective and regulatory measures at the national and international level have failed to disrupt illicit supply chains.
The June 2017 edition of SACQ will include articles that present empirical research and theoretical contributions on:
·         Illicit wildlife and plant markets in South Africa (case studies on specific markets or broader trends)
·         The convergence of wildlife markets with other criminal or legal markets
·         Whether environmental crimes are organized crime
·         The impact or harms of illict wildlife economies
·         Protective measures such as policy analysis, impact or unintended consequences
·         The theoretical frameworks within which green crimes are seen, constructed and responded to (e.g. how environmental crimes have a more significant impact on poor people, other species and the ecosystem in general)

Expressions of interest: Please submit an abstract of one page or less, in which you set out the themes to be explored in your proposed article. Abstracts should be submitted to the guest editor Annette Hübschle: Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit completed papers for peer review.
Deadline for submitting abstracts: 30 September 2016
Deadline for submitting papers: 1 February 2017

We hope you are as excited as we are about the publishing adventures that lie ahead.