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International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy – Call for Papers Special Issue | Green Criminological Dialogues: Voices from Africa

Call for Papers Special Issue | Green Criminological Dialogues: Voices from Africa

Guest editors: David R. Goyes (University of Oslo, Norway) and Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood (University of St Andrews, UK)

Up to 2014, most academic publications in the field of green criminology—concerned with all environmental crimes including water and maritime ones—were authored by scholars from Europe, USA and Australia. Nevertheless, the call for the ‘southernizing’ of criminology (Carrington et al, 2016), the appearance of a distinctive Southern green criminology (Goyes, 2019), and recent studies on maritime crime (Okafor-Yarwood, 2020) shed light on the need to recognise the wide range of work on environmental crimes and harms engaged in by academics and activists in the global south and/or writing in languages other than English (Goyes and South, 2017).

Since then, an international group of critical criminologists have made efforts to establish a dialogue between green criminology as developed in northern locations and the environmental knowledge existent and incepted in the Global South. So far, several successful projects have been developed in this process, including the publication of three books (in English, Portuguese and Spanish) and of two special issues (‘Voices from Asia’, and ‘Voices from the Americas’) in the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

Now, we want to engage in a dialogue with original thinkers from the African continent. This special edition is therefore a consolidating step in furthering the above-mentioned dialogue between the North and the South, which positively exploits the Southern endogenous knowledge around green (and marine) criminological topics. Consequently, this special edition will be composed in its majority by articles authored by African authors, and will seek to have geographical and gender representativity.

Therefore, we issue this call for papers about a topic of free choice connected with terrestrial or marine environmental conflict, destruction and/or resistance in Africa.

Complete first drafts are due December 1st, 2021

See the full call for papers and timelines at

If you are interested, please send us an abstract of between 120 and 200 words as soon as possible to and (latest 1 July 2021).



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