Blue Crime

What do we know about transnational organised crime at sea? How do such blue crimes manifest, how do they intersect and are related to crime on land? What kind of data on blue crime is collected? These are the core questions that the Blue Crime Evidence Base project is addressing. Funded through a grant by the Economic and Social Research Council by the UK the goal is to collate and synthesize our knowledge on blue crimes to guide policy but also identify gaps.

Panel – Towards a ‘blue’ criminology: How should we study transnational organised crime at sea?
Scott Edwards presented 'Blue criminology: towards a trans-disciplinary understanding of crime at sea' at the 24 Hour Conference on Global Organized Crime. The panel, moderated by SafeSeas co-director Tim Edmunds, also featured Mercedes Rosello (Leeds Beckett University) presenting 'Towards a ‘blue’ criminology: How should we study transnational organised crime at sea?', Anna Sergi (University of Essex) presenting 'The journeys of complex crimes through the port, from the sea and into the city', and Nigel South (University of Essex) presenting 'Oyster ...
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SafeSeas research discussed at major maritime security forums
In the last week, we had the opportunity to feed key research insights from the TOCAS project into a number of policy processes. The first one was a presentation at the EU-China Expert Meeting on Maritime Security, held on the 26th and 27th of May in Bejing, At the meeting our contribution focused on the importance of a holistic understanding of blue crimes and the need to pay more attention to environmental security at sea and climate change. Our second ...
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Recording – What are the root causes of maritime piracy?
SafeSeas hosted the event 'What are the causes of maritime piracy' on 29th April 2021. Maritime piracy continues to be the most pressing blue crime on the international security agenda. Piracy is a problem of particular concern in the Gulf of Guinea today but remains a significant challenge in the Gulf of Aden, the Malacca Strait, and the Sulu and Celebes Seas too. An international consensus has emerged that in order to tackle piracy effectively, its root causes must be ...
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New SafeSeas & Stable Seas report: ‘What We Know About Maritime Illicit Trades’
What We Know About Maritime Illicit Trades is the second in a series of reports as part of the Transnational Organized Crime at Sea: New Evidence for Better Responses project. The project is a collaboration between SafeSeas and the One Earth Future Foundation’s Stable Seas program and is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) and the One Earth Future Foundation. Download ...
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Participation in IFC Maritime Security Webinar
The Information Fusion Centre (IFC) based in Singapore is one of the most important international hubs for sharing information on the maritime domain. It enhances the global understanding what issues at sea need attention. One element of this work are frequent events for maritime stakeholders and an interested public. On the 25th of November, SafeSeas Director Prof. Christian Bueger gave a presentation, in the IFC's new 3 day online format, the 2020 Maritime Security Webinar. At the seminar Bueger provided ...
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